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Experience the culture: Celebrating Native American Heritage Month

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NIAGARA FALLS, NY – Throughout November, Seneca Gaming Corporation will celebrate Native American Heritage Month with its annual “Experience the Culture” festivities at both Seneca Niagara Casino & Hotel and Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel.

In Niagara Falls, a special display will be set up on the Casino Main Concourse, near the Bus Lobby, from Nov. 1 – 30, and a similar display will be in the hotel lobby at Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel from Nov. 2 – 28. These displays, which have become very popular over the past few years, will feature authentic Native American crafts and artifacts, photographs and other displays that help depict and tell the story of the rich history of the Seneca Nation of Indians and other Indian tribes, and the influence they have had throughout history.

Iroquois dancers will perform at Seneca Allegany on Nov. 14 at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., and again on Nov. 15 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. The dancers will then perform in the hotel lobby at Seneca Niagara on Nov. 22 and 23 at noon, 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 5 p.m.

In addition, Native American vendors will be selling authentic Native American wares at Seneca Allegany on Nov. 15 and 16, and at Seneca Niagara on Nov. 21, 22 and 23.

The celebration will also include two “Sovereign Sounds” concerts featuring Native American musicians in The Bear’s Den Showroom. The first concert will take place on Nov. 15 and the second Nov. 22. Both shows start at 7:30 p.m. The Nov. 15 show features performances by: Digging Roots, Keith Secola and Corn Bread. The Nov. 22 show features performances by: J. Medicine Hat, Shane Yellowbird and The Derek Miller Band. Tickets to both shows are $15 and are available at Eight Clans Gift Shop, ticketmaster.com and all ticketmaster locations. Or charge by phone at (716) 852-5000. In Canada, call (416) 870-8000.

“The ‘Experience the Culture’ events are a very important celebration for Seneca Gaming Corporation, our team members and our owners, the Seneca Nation of Indians,” said Brian Hansberry, Seneca Gaming Corporation President and CEO. “This month-long celebration is a time to recognize and honor the contributions that Native Americans have made to the history and character of the United States.”

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush approved a joint resolution declaring November as National American Indian Heritage Month. Similar proclamations have been issued each year since 1994.
In his proclamation for 1996, President William Clinton stated, “Throughout our history, American Indian and Alaska Native peoples have been an integral part of the American character. Against all odds, America’s first peoples have endured, and they remain a vital cultural, political, social, and moral presence.”