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#1 Apr-20-2009 12:05:pm

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Senecas plan to establish independent school

Full Article: http://www.buffalonews.com/cityregion/story/645114.html

SALAMANCA — Unhappy with the education their children receive in traditional public schools, leaders of the Seneca Indian Nation plan to start their own independent school in the fall of 2010.

They also intend to seek state and federal aid for the new school, and the diversion of those funds has public school administrators worried.

Planning for the new school—which would be known as the Seneca Academy and would have campuses on the two main Seneca Nation territories — is being done with help from experts at Buffalo’s prestigious Nichols School.

Seneca leaders complain that their children aren’t learning enough about Seneca traditions, culture, language and history in the public schools.

“Basically, we’re sending Seneca children into a foreign enterprise which is designed to educate them into becoming good New Yorkers and good Americans,” said Robert Odawi Porter, counsel to the Seneca Nation.

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