SALAMANCA, N.Y. – Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., visited the Seneca Nation Aug. 17 while on vacation with her two young children. Seneca Nation President Barry Snyder Sr. and members of the Seneca Nation Council accompanied the senator on a tour of the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum.
“It gives us great pleasure to welcome Senator Gillibrand and her children to the Seneca territory and the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum where we have had a chance to share our history and showcase our culture,” Snyder said. “We are honored that the Senator would include our fine museum among her vacation stops in the area.”
He presented Gillibrand with a cornhusk doll couple from the Seneca Nation. Council member Tracie Brown’s daughter presented several Native children’s books to the senator’s children.
“It was a pleasure to tour the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum and to experience firsthand the rich culture and history of the Seneca Nation. It is vitally important for this and future generations to be able to learn, understand and fully appreciate the Seneca’s role in this region’s history, present day and future,” Gillibrand said.
“We are grateful for the opportunity to share our culture and engage in exchanges that lead to greater understanding of the Seneca people,” said Richard Nephew, chair of Seneca Nation’s Legislative Council. “Children sharing with children is a universal lesson and stepping stone to understanding.”