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Seneca Nation and County Hold Historic Meeting

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Cattaraugus County in New York state has been in existence for 203 years and it’s believed that there has never been a meeting between county legislatures and members of Seneca Nation--until now.

On March 9, Robert Odawi Porter, Seneca Nation president and members of the Nation’s council treated the county legislatures to a traditional Seneca dinner with Seneca dancers for entertainment.

An invitation from Porter to Legislature Chairman Michael O’Brien said it was to be an evening of “sharing thoughts” and “lively discussion.”

“I believe we have much in common as representatives challenged with the task of creating jobs and improving the quality of life for our constituents here in Western New York,” Porter wrote in his invitation to O’Brien.

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In attendance were 21 legislators representing Olean, Portville, Salamanca, Franklinville, Little Valley and Ellicottville, among others, eight councilors from each territory of the Nation, along with Diane Kennedy Murth, Nation clerk.