Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc.

Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. Strengthening Families and Building Community in a "Tradition of Caring" since 1975
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TODAY (11/30)!!!!   Come out and join us for the last celebration of Native American Heritage Month, as we have a Social...
11/30/2023

TODAY (11/30)!!!! Come out and join us for the last celebration of Native American Heritage Month, as we have a Social in collaboration with the Buffalo Public Schools...

11/30/2023
Reminder - Social Thursday 11/30...
11/29/2023

Reminder - Social Thursday 11/30...

NACS is in desparate need of new foster homes!  If you are interested in learning more about opening your heart and home...
11/29/2023

NACS is in desparate need of new foster homes! If you are interested in learning more about opening your heart and home to help other families in the community by providing temporary, safe, and stable environments for their children while they work on some issues, please contact NACS TODAY at 716.874.4460!!! Nya:weh!!!

Good Mind Reminder...
11/29/2023

Good Mind Reminder...

11/29/2023
Just a friendly reminder that it is "Giving Tuesday" and if you're looking for a great organization and communty to supp...
11/29/2023

Just a friendly reminder that it is "Giving Tuesday" and if you're looking for a great organization and communty to support, how about Native American Community Services!

Any donation, large or small, is greatly appreciated!

You can send donations to:
Native American Community Services
1005 Grant Street
Buffalo NY 14207

or, donate online throught the link below...

https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=KF4JWUT9EH5TJ&ssrt=1701219214843

NYA:WEH!!! (Thank You!!!)

Help support Native American Community Services by donating or sharing with your friends.

Not too late to register, sessions starting soon at NACS' Buffalo Office...
11/29/2023

Not too late to register, sessions starting soon at NACS' Buffalo Office...

More Native based Knowledge...
11/29/2023

More Native based Knowledge...

WOOD ASH

If you’re heating with wood, there’s always plenty of wood ash to go around. Did you know there are many uses for wood ash?

Wood ash is little more than the remaining minerals after burning wood, and fireplace ashes contain calcium and all manner of other things that can be handy around the house, if used properly.

NATURAL ICE MELT

Probably one of the most practical uses for wood ash is to use it slowly over the course of the winter as ice melt. The natural minerals in wood ash work the same way as salt does to melt ice on driveways and walkways. Be careful using it near your front door though; tracking wood ash into the house makes a big mess.

NATURAL TOILET CLEANER

Wood ash is especially valuable as a toilet cleaner, not only because it polishes the bowl, but also because it won’t harm septic systems.

CLEANING CLOUDY HEADLIGHTS

One of my readers told me they “make a rubbing paste from wood ashes and remove clouded headlights on a vehicle.” It makes sense because road grit and the accumulated exhaust fumes from the car in front of you aren’t that much different than dirty stove glass.

SILVER POLISH

In the same way that wood ash works to clean glass, it can also polish silver. Just dampen a towel and add a bit of wood ash before working some tarnished silver.

Wood ash is also commonly used to scour dishes in rural communities and while camping.

SKUNK ODOR REMOVER

Wood ashes naturally help neutralize skunk odor on pets. If an animal gets sprayed, dust them thoroughly with wood ash and leave them outside for a few hours before giving them a thorough bath.

While this method is likely effective to an extent and may have been important historically, these days there are many better options. If you have a skunk-sprayed animal, use wood ash if you have nothing else on hand, but I’d highly recommend keeping skunk-off spray and skunk-off pet shampoo.

HIDING STAINS ON PAVING

Wood ash is naturally grey, and it can help cover up stains on sidewalks and paving. Simply dust a bit on and scuff it in with your boot.

CLEANING OIL SPILLS

In the same way that wood ash can be used to hide stains on concrete, it can absorb oil spills to help prevent them in the first place.

COCKROACH REPELLANT

Spreading a bit of ash in dark corners of the house or under appliances will keep roaches out. Their hard outer shell doesn’t stand up well to wood ash, and it’ll keep them from setting up shop in your house.

SMELL ABSORBER

Similar to baking soda, wood ash can help absorb odors around the house. Try adding a small jar to the fridge to absorb odors. It works even better if there are small pieces of charcoal still left in the ashes to help out.

DESICCANT

Wood ash can be used to absorb humidity and help prevent moist areas from developing mold. Place a cup of wood ashes in a damp cupboard or basement room. Again, small chunks of charcoal left in the ashes help for this purpose.

GARDEN FERTILIZER

Wood ash contains all the trace minerals from inside a trees wood, which are the building blocks needed for plant health. While it doesn’t contain carbon or nitrogen, those are in ready supply from compost.

The University of Vermont recommends about 5 gallons of wood ash per 1,000 square feet of garden. Since wood ash will raise the pH of soils, it’s not good for acid-loving crops like blueberries or potatoes.

BOOST COMPOST

A small amount of wood ash can help give compost piles a boost. While birds may be beautiful around a backyard compost pile, in rural areas open compost can attract bears. We’ve found that dusting a bit of wood ash on top of the pile helps keep bears and other large omnivores from digging in the scraps as well.

After we started adding wood ash to our compost, we noticed that it was markedly more healthy. Stick a hand into the middle of the pile, and you’ll come out with a palm-full of hard-working worms actively converting everything into nutrient-rich compost.

CONTROL POND ALGAE

Since wood ash contains micronutrients that plants need to thrive, it can also help strengthen aquatic plants. The potassium in wood ash can boost rooted aquatic plants in a pond, making them better able to compete with algae. That in turn, slows the growth of algae in a pond. Be careful not to add too much.

PREVENTING PLANT FROST DAMAGE TO PLANTS

Dusting plants with wood ash before an early light frost can help prevent frost damage. It makes sense, as the mineral salts in wood ash would lower the freezing point of water without harming the plant tissues as other types of salt might.

PREVENT CALCIUM DEFICIENCY IN TOMATOES

Those ugly black spots on tomatoes are often the result of calcium deficiency. Eggshells and bone meal are often added to tomato planting holes to provide them with calcium, but wood ash can do the same job. Add about 1/4 cup of wood ash to each tomato planting hole and scratch it into the soil before setting out transplants.

SLUG AND SNAIL REPELLANT

Creating a circle of wood ash around crops prevents slugs and snails from crossing into plant beds. We use this around our homegrown shiitake mushrooms, which are particularly susceptible to snails and slugs. It’s also a good solution for leafy crops like lettuce. The wood ash barrier is only effective until it rains or the ash gets wet, which is unfortunate because you’ll need to reapply regularly. The benefit, on the other hand, is that it’ll wash off easily at harvest time.

NON-TOXIC ANT REPELLANT AROUND KIDS & PETS

Placing a pile of wood ash on top of an anthill gives them notice that they need to move their nest.

It won’t kill the nest, but they will have to pack up and relocate, which works great for relocating ants’ nests away from kids’ play areas.

CHICKEN FEED SUPPLEMENT

Since wood ash is high in minerals, it can be good as a food supplement for chickens in small amounts. Community Chickens notes that “Wood ash offers calcium and potassium. Adding wood ash to your chicken feed (less than 1% ratio) may help to extend a hen’s laying period and can help reduce the smell of chicken droppings.” Be sure to use only ashes from clean burned wood and nothing treated if using for a food aupokement.

11/29/2023

Betsy James Wyeth Fellow in Native American Art
Deadline to apply: December 1, 2023

Applications are open to apply for the Betsy James Wyeth Fellow in Native American Art, 2024–2025, a one-year residential fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) that seeks to foster new scholarship on Native art of the United States.

The proposed independent project may focus on historic or contemporary Native American artists, designers, and makers, and will center and elevate Indigenous methodologies, knowledges, and communities. The recipient will be jointly advised by a SAAM and NMAI staff member and provided with access to both museums’ resources. One fellowship will be awarded to a predoctoral researcher for a 12-month term or to a postdoctoral or senior-level scholar for a 9-month term.

Residencies must take place between June 1, 2024, and August 31, 2025. The stipend is $53,000 with a supplemental research allowance of up to $5,000. The deadline to apply is December 1, 2023. For more information and the application, please visit AmericanArt.si.edu/research/fellowships/betsy-james-wyeth or email [email protected].

Deadline to register extended to this Friday - Dec 1st...
11/28/2023

Deadline to register extended to this Friday - Dec 1st...

Native American Community Services has partnered with the Buffalo Sabres to offer discounted tickets to their December 5...
11/28/2023

Native American Community Services has partnered with the Buffalo Sabres to offer discounted tickets to their December 5th “Native American Heritage Night” game vs. Detroit Red Wings.

You can get tickets in any level from low to high, with tickets starting at $31.43 – most prices will be around a 10% discount.

Come cheer on the Sabres and help celebrate and honor Native American Heritage!

Use the link below to access discount…

12/5/23 @ 7:00 PM - NACS

SOCIAL - THIS THURSDAY (11/30)...
11/27/2023

SOCIAL - THIS THURSDAY (11/30)...

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Eli Ankou previews the new "NFL 360: Gone" feature, how his foundation raises awareness f...
11/24/2023

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Eli Ankou previews the new "NFL 360: Gone" feature, how his foundation raises awareness for indigenous women, and more...

Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Eli Ankou previews the new "NFL 360: Gone" feature, how his foundation raises awareness for indigenous women, and more.

As a part of the Buffalo Bills Native American Heritage month, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Bills announced t...
11/24/2023

As a part of the Buffalo Bills Native American Heritage month, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Bills announced the Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties as the Highmark Community Hero for the November 19th game versus the New York Jets.

Nyy:weh Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Buffalo Bills for the honor and the financial support of our work. We are stronger together!

As a part of the Buffalo Bills Native American Heritage month, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and the Bills announced the Native American Community Services of Erie & Niagara Counties as the Highmark Community Hero for the November 19th game versus t

Native American Community Services greatly appreciates our partners at the Buffalo Bills for honoring Native American He...
11/24/2023

Native American Community Services greatly appreciates our partners at the Buffalo Bills for honoring Native American Heritage Month at their game last Sunday – 11/19/23.

The Buffalo Bills in collaboration with Native American Community Services had assembled dancers from two amazing groups…

Jordan Smith and Dancers of the Haudenosaunee, led by Jordan and Kehala Smith based out of the Tuscarora Nation
And
The Indigenous Spirit Dancers, led by Martin Jimerson, Jr., based out of the Cattaraugus territory of the Seneca Nation

The combined groups had dancers representing all six Nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy – The Seneca, Cayuga, Onondaga, Oneida, Mohawk, and Tuscarora.

It was a great performance and the dancers made history as this was the first time the Bills had dancers perform at halftime!

The night included the Iroquois Post as the color guard, plus Seneca Chef Lorinda John was also featured.

A Big Nya:weh (Thank you) to the entire Buffalo Bills organization for making this great day happen - and we won, so might have to have us back more often!!

Here are some photos of the day...

A Good Mind reminder...
11/24/2023

A Good Mind reminder...

Michael Martin is an Onondaga of the Beaver Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in Southern Ontario, but was born and raised in Buffalo. I...

A Good Mind Reminder...
11/24/2023

A Good Mind Reminder...

Michael Martin is an Onondaga of the Beaver Clan from the Six Nations of the Grand River territory in Southern Ontario, but was born and raised in Buffalo. I...

Please share with Native American Community members who have issues with internet connectivity, whether devices or acces...
11/17/2023

Please share with Native American Community members who have issues with internet connectivity, whether devices or access...

NACS thanks the Town of Hamburg Youth & Senior Services, and the Hamburg Coalition for Equity and Inclusion for putting ...
11/15/2023

NACS thanks the Town of Hamburg Youth & Senior Services, and the Hamburg Coalition for Equity and Inclusion for putting on an event to celebrate and honor Native American Heritage Month.

They are offering a sampling of Traditional Haudenosaunee corn soup but no actual meal. Social dancing and Cake walk will be by Buffalo Creek Singers. Indigenous Spirit Dancers had a change in availability. Come and Rock your Mocs and wear your best ribbon shirt/skirt.

We say "Nya:weh" (Thank You) for their recognition of our organization and supporting our work through the collection of donations. We appreciate being a beneficiary of their event.

11/14/2023

Throughout the month of November, we celebrate the rich and diverse cultures, traditions and histories of sovereign Indigenous Nations across North America

We will feature the athletes, alumni, staff and the builders who have been instrumental in making the Haudenosaunee Nationals who we are today!

Congrats to Haudenosaunee Nationals Team...
11/14/2023

Congrats to Haudenosaunee Nationals Team...

We’re GOLDEN!

The Haudenosaunee women are Pan-American Lacrosse Association Sixes Champions with a 22-11 victory over Puerto Rico!

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1005 Grant Street
Buffalo, NY
14207

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Monday 8:30am - 5pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 5pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 5pm
Thursday 8:30am - 5pm
Friday 8:30am - 5pm

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(716) 874-4460

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