News Release

Tallchief Territory, home of Native Pride

Seneca Nation businessman, J C Seneca, today announced that National Fuel Gas Distribution Corporation (“National Fuel”) has awarded a $91,676.65 Area Development Program grant to his Native Pride Travel Plaza Business. According to Seneca, the grant will cover costs associated with extending National Fuel’s natural gas mainline from the intersections of Routes 5 and 20 to the store, warehouse, and maintenance areas of the plaza.

“We are pleased that National Fuel has chosen to partner with us through the awarding of this grant, which will help us move ahead with significant Native Pride advancements,” Seneca stated. “Extending the natural gas lines and connecting them to our business will result in more energy efficient operations that will enable us to increase employment through future initiatives. We will be able to expand our facilities, including the installation of a compressed natural gas (CNG) fuel station to supplement our gasoline, diesel, and propane fuel services, along with the creation of our indoor hemp growing facility and processing center. Additionally important, compressed natural gas combustion produces fewer emissions than other fuels and makes vehicle engines run cleaner and more efficiently, thereby reducing petroleum emissions, which is a priority here at Native Pride, across America and around the world.”

The program was developed in conjunction with the New York State Public Service Commission. National Fuel’s Senior Technical Energy Consultant Ken Lawton notes that the Native Pride grant illustrates the value of their economic support program to the Western New York Community.

“During these challenging times. National Fuel’s Area Development Program is dedicated to supporting customers and clients across our service territory to help improve the vitality of the communities where we live and work,” Lawton said. “Currently, transportation represents approximately 46% of the greenhouse gas emissions in New York State. Compressed natural gas provides significant opportunities to reduce medium and heavy-duty truck emissions using technology currently available.”

Seneca acknowledged the National Fuel Grant as an essential part of his future business plan. “This year we are celebrating 25 years of business success at Native Pride,” Seneca stated. “With the infusion of this National Fuel grant money we will be able to look forward to another 25 successful years knowing that over and above the grant, we will be using natural gas to power all elements of the business, allowing us to be more energy efficient every year going forward.” 

Dean S. Seneca, who spearheaded the Native Pride grant initiative noted the significance of the award, “This is a big win for Native owned businesses on Native owned land,” Seneca said. “Partnerships of this nature could be used as a positive example for other Tribal Nations.

About Tallchief Territory, home of Native Pride

Native Pride is a travel plaza conveniently located off Exit 58 on the New York State Thruway I-90 at 11359 Southwestern Blvd in Irving, NY. Officially designated by the Niagara International Transportation Technology Coalition (NITTEC) as an Emergency Stop for travelers, Native Pride offers its own brand of gas and diesel fuel, as well as DEF and propane at its 22 banks of pumps. The Tallchief Diner serves home cooked meals within a newly remodeled setting highlighted with historical photographs of Seneca Elder, Tallchief and his descendants. The travel plaza’s 24/7 convenience store offers snacks, drinks, truck products, gift items, cigarettes, walk-in humidor, a wide variety of Tallchief CBD/hemp products and Azalia’s healthy, nutrient-dense juices and foods to-go. There are also services for over-the-road professional truck drivers including showers, a laundry center, lounge and ample parking for cars, trucks, and semi-trucks. For more than a decade, Native Pride has been selected as the Best of the Best by readership of the Dunkirk Observer.

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