ALLEGANY TERRITORY, N.Y. – Seneca Nation Treasurer and Allegany Territory resident Maurice “Moe” John Sr. was elected to the nation’s presidency Nov. 8, beating former President Rickey Armstrong, 1,541 – 1,114.
“Working together, the Seneca Party swept all nation elected offices last night. It is a true mandate to continue the successful policies that the Seneca Party started eight years ago,” said John.
Also elected to serve two-year terms as nation executives were current Cattaraugus Territory Councilor Kevin Seneca, who was elected as treasurer, and Jacqueline Bowen, who was elected as clerk. Councilors elected to four-year terms from the Allegany Territory were Tina Abrams, Richard Frank, Al George and Rodney Pierce; from the Cattaraugus Territory, Linda Doxtator, Travis Jimerson, Richard Nephew and Michael Williams.
“The Seneca Nation has grown tremendously in recent years. The nation government and our casinos now employ over 5,000 people and, along with our private sector, generate hundreds of millions of dollars of economic stimulus to the western New York region and the entire state. I am looking forward to continuing the recipe for success that has brought us this far. We have so much more to do to enhance the quality of life for the Seneca people,” John said.
The Seneca Nation of Indians is a sovereign nation of 7,600 indigenous people located in western New York and occupying five separate territories. The nation is organized pursuant to a constitution adopted in 1848 and conducts a biennial general election of its officials. By customary law, the nation presidency and other executive offices rotate between the Allegany and Cattaraugus territories every two years.