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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 Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties, Inc.

Erie County Office
1005 Grant Street
Buffalo, NY 14207
716.874.4460

Niagara County Office
1522 Main Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
716.299.0914

Strengthening Families and Building Community in a "Tradition of Caring"

HISTORY: Native American Community Services began as a single program in 1975 to address the unemployment in the Buffalo N.Y. Native american community and was originally incorpora

Erie County Office
1005 Grant Street
Buffalo, NY 14207
716.874.4460

Niagara County Office
1522 Main Street
Niagara Falls, NY 14305
716.299.0914

Strengthening Families and Building Community in a "Tradition of Caring"

HISTORY: Native American Community Services began as a single program in 1975 to address the unemployment in the Buffalo N.Y. Native american community and was originally incorpora

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For interested individuals and organizations....National Grid has committed to planting 1,000 trees across New York Stat...
03/23/2022
Project C | National Grid

For interested individuals and organizations....

National Grid has committed to planting 1,000 trees across New York State in 2022. As Earth Day approaches, National Grid and Project C Adopt-A-Park would like to offer eligible organizations the opportunity to beautify their landscaping by planting trees.

According to the National Forest Foundation and Nitrofill.com:
1. 1.9 billion trees are planted each year
2. In one year, 100 mature trees can remove 53 tons of carbon dioxide and 430 pounds of pollution from the atmosphere
3. An average size tree produces enough oxygen in one year to keep a family of four breathing
4. Three trees planted in the right place around a building can cut air-conditioning costs up to 50%
5. Tree makes people feel good. Workers are more productive when they see trees along their commute route and from their office windows. It also makes hospital patients heal faster with few medications.

If interested in planting trees, please have them use the following link to request a grant

https://www.nationalgridus.com/project-c/Adopt-a-Park-Program

At National Grid, we have a responsibility to our community, and to show our commitment through clean energy and sustainability. As a result, we created the Adopt a Park initiative - a project designed to revitalize important local and regional landmarks in the areas we serve.

The family asked us to share this fundraiser as well as their GoFundMe link...A few words from JoelHello, this is Little...
03/17/2022

The family asked us to share this fundraiser as well as their GoFundMe link...

A few words from Joel

Hello, this is Little Joel. I created this fundraiser, with help from the whole family, on behalf of my dad, Joel (Jock) Harris. Early February 2022, at the age of 57, he was diagnosed with Stage 4 Lung Cancer, which metastasized to multiple locations including the brain. Over the past month he has begun radiation treatments for the brain and will be continuing treatments in March.

For those that don't know my dad, he has been in the construction industry since he was 19 years old; he is a roofer and owns his own construction business. He is the entire family's unofficial handyman; always willing to make the drive and help. He and my step-mom Thea have fostered children through Native American Community Services (NACS) for years and just this past year, adopted three amazing foster children into the family. He has a huge heart and deeply cares for his family.

We are still early in the treatment process and as I'm sure everyone is aware, cancer treatment is not cheap. Not only is it wildly expensive, but it takes a physical toll on the person. He is physically unable to go to work due to the effects of the cancer and treatments. It has bereaved my dad of doing what he has done 5-7 days a week, for decades: working to provide for his family. It's tough to express just how much of a mainstay my dad is in so many people's lives; as a provider, an employer, a father, and role-model. He is the foundation of our family and has helped so many people over the years. So, from all his friends and the entire Harris family: Please help us do something for him; help us give him some peace of mind. This money will go towards helping him pay for treatments and by doing so, alleviate some of the stress that comes with financial uncertainty.

On behalf of Jock and his family, Nya:weh (Thank you).

https://gofund.me/ead004a1

03/16/2022
03/08/2022
Two Minute Drill: Summer Hemphill

NACS wishes Summer Hemphill (Seneca) and the UB Women's Basketball team all the best in their conference tournament and March Madness.

This is a video from 2020, but it talks about her journey back from injury and now she has persevered onto having an amazing Senior Year!!! We'll be cheering for you and the team!! Good Luck!!

https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=2617641651858804

A little behind, but NACS wants to congratulate Summer Hemphill (Seneca) on getting 1,000 rebounds in her career at UB a...
03/03/2022
Hemphill grabs 1,000th rebound in blow-out win

A little behind, but NACS wants to congratulate Summer Hemphill (Seneca) on getting 1,000 rebounds in her career at UB and all the success you have had over the last few years, but especially this, your Senior Year! You make us proud!!!

https://www.ubbullrun.com/womens-basketball/2022/2/10/22928096/hemphill-grabs-1000th-rebound-in-blow-out-win

Sixth year forward Summer Hemphill became just the second player in UB Women’s Basketball history to pull down 1,000 rebounds, and also the second player with 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. It...

03/03/2022
03/01/2022
From our Friends at NU...African Americans live sicker and die younger than any other ethnic group in the nation. Why is...
02/18/2022

From our Friends at NU...

African Americans live sicker and die younger than any other ethnic group in the nation. Why is this happening? THE SKIN YOU'RE IN is a feature documentary, website and book about the astonishing African-American health disparity - why it exists and what can be done about it...THE SKIN YOU’RE IN, Our Town Films and Johns Hopkins Public Health researcher Dr. Thomas LaVeist will investigate this disturbing phenomenon: the astonishing disparity between Black and White health in America, find out why it exists and discover what can be done about it. The film will take viewers on a journey of exploration of this problem. We will talk to leading experts and researchers from around the country who will explain the problems and what can be done. But mostly we will see the problem first hand in the everyday lives of African American families telling their stories, and meet people who are making a difference.

Happy Valentine's Day to our Native community - We love you!!! https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/happy-valentine-s-d...
02/14/2022
Happy Valentine's Day - Hear "I Love You" in Native Languages

Happy Valentine's Day to our Native community - We love you!!!

https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/happy-valentine-s-day-i-love-you-in-native-languages?utm_source=Native+News+Online&utm_campaign=2ca0caa80a-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2021_11_24_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dfd2540337-2ca0caa80a-1318480784

The Native American comedic group, 1491s released this video that has Native people from various parts of Indian Country showcasing how they say “I love you” in their Native langauge. The result is the “Indigenous Love Words Project” video. This article was first published on February 14, 20...

01/25/2022
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Webinar: Tribal Values for Natural Resources - Tuesday, February 15 at 12 p.m. - Lunch and learn with with a webinar on Tribal Values for the Natural World presented by Les Benedict, assistant director of Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Environmental Division. A big believer in Native American environmental stewardship, Les supports the Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment and represents the Tribes on regional and national committees. Drawing on more than 31 years of experience in air quality, quality control, grant and project management, Les now focuses mainly on planning and development and is a member of the Adirondack (Region 5) ReLeaf committee. Registration is required for this free webinar, and you can register online through the link below...
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NACS sends our condolences to the family and friends of another community leader - Noreen "Kim" Hill - NACS' 2017 Bundle...
01/25/2022

NACS sends our condolences to the family and friends of another community leader - Noreen "Kim" Hill - NACS' 2017 Bundled Arrows Award honoree.

Noreen was Project Director of the Indian Education Program for the Niagara Falls School District. In addition to being active in local Native American issues, she also was a stalwart for Native rights and involved with the Indian Defense League of America for many years. She also had worked for NACS earlier in her career. It was noted with her award, that “Noreen has always been a defender of our people and holds the bar high whether externally or internally focused. She is dedicated and committed to achieving the best representation and results for our Native community, especially our youth.”

Unfortunately, we have some sad news to share.  One of our founding Council of Elders members, Linda Yellow, has passed ...
01/19/2022

Unfortunately, we have some sad news to share. One of our founding Council of Elders members, Linda Yellow, has passed away. We send our heartfelt condolences to her family, friends, and all who she impacted on. It’s so hard to express all that Linda meant to our community, to NACS, and to many of our staff on a personal level. She loved her family, loved her community, and loved NACS. She was always appreciative of our work and was one of our biggest partners and strongest supporters. Her love for her community flowed from her smile when you saw her.

There is so much more to be said, but we wanted to share the arrangements for her, which are below:

Viewing will be Thursday 6pm-8pm and Friday 10a-12pm with service and funeral to follow. It will be at
M.J. Colucci & Son Niagara Funeral Chapel
2730 Military Rd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
(Next door to Tim Hortons on Military and Porter.)

She worked tirelessly to help and advocate for her people, may she journey well and now rest in peace.

We love you Linda - Your NACS Family!

This weekend's Bandits game moved to Friday night to avoid conflict with the Buffalo Bills Playoff win happening Saturda...
01/11/2022
Bandits game rescheduled for January 14, 2022 | Buffalo Bandits - bandits.com

This weekend's Bandits game moved to Friday night to avoid conflict with the Buffalo Bills Playoff win happening Saturday Night!
🙂

Let's Go Bandits! 🥍 Go Bills!! 🏈

https://bandits.com/this-weeks-bandits-game-rescheduled-for-friday/

The Buffalo Bandits home game against the Georgia Swarm originally scheduled for Saturday, January 15 will now be played on Friday, January 14 at 7:30 p.m., the team announced today. - bandits.com

Address

1005 Grant St
Buffalo, NY
14207

Opening Hours

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

Telephone

(716) 874-4460

Products

* Economic Self-Sufficiency:
- Workforce Development Program
- Native Economic Self-Sufficiency Training (NEST)
- GED Classes
- Basic Needs Support, including Food Pantry for 14207

* Family Services:
- Family Preservation Services, Traditional Preventive (EC) / In-Home Parenting (NC)
- Healthy Generations Program for new and young Native American parents
- Foster Care
- Medicaid Service Coordination (MSC) in support of individuals with developmental disabilities
- Wraparound Services (EC)

* Health and Wellness:
- Stages of Life Empowerment (SOLE), Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program
- Achieving Our Dreams (AOD), Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Program, includes "Year of Celebrating Sober" community events
- Youth Development Program
- Native American Cultural Competency Training

* Community and Cultural Services:
- Elders Program
- Mohawk Language Immersion Program
- Community Cultural Activities
- Cultural Resource Library
- "Unseen Tears" Documentary

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It’s closing night of The Thanksgiving Play - we know, we don’t want to believe it either. • Come on over to our Black Box Theatre for the 2pm performance, and then stick around for our Post Show Discussion with Pete Hill from Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. • Thank you to everyone who has come out to support this spectacular cast of four and our impeccable crew! We hope we made you laugh, while also giving you something to think about. Now let’s play one more time! 📸: Nickel City Headshots #theatre #NUtheatre #indigenousvoices #indigenousstories #TheThanksgivingPlay Niagara University
Things are about to get a little wild - it’s TWO SHOW DAY of The Thanksgiving Play! • Check us out at 2pm and again at 7:30pm in our Black Box Theatre. And if you can’t make it today, you won’t want to miss tomorrow’s closing performance, with special Post Show Discussion featuring Pete Hill from Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. • Tickets available online or at our box office bit.ly/NUTThanksgivingPlay 📸: Nickel City Headshots #NUTheatre #Theatre #indigenousvoices #indigenousstories
Did you know that all NU students get a ticket to a performance of each of our productions? And The Thanksgiving Play opens in just one hour! • Come on over to our Black Box Theatre to experience this hilarious social satire. If you can’t make it to tonight’s show, be sure to check out our Sunday matinee, where Pete Hill from Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. will be speaking at our Post Show Discussion! • Tickets available online or at our Box Office! bit.ly/NUTThanksgivingPlay 📸: Nickel City Headshots #NUTheatre #Theatre #indigenousvoices #indigenousstories Niagara University
Please REGISTER and SHARE with your Network for a sneak peek of the BRING HER HOME documentary. Join us for a Virtual Panel Discussion with Film Participants on March 15th. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/a-look-inside-bring-her-home-a-virtual-panel-discussion-tickets-266847346597?fbclid=IwAR1itbwuGsY6idzkub8Pv8rN7GNNPPnfj4jqoXYsl5Z1KzmuGmT05xr6pBQ
Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. Plan For Native American Cultural Competency Training Sessions for January & February. EC200 - Erie County Bicentennial
The NFJC is pleased to present the 2022 NFJC Board of Directors! Thank you all for your commitment to the WNY region and our organization. West Seneca Central School District Phillips Lytle Rich Products Buffalo Bills KeyBank Congregation Shir Shalom-Buffalo, NY University at Buffalo Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. BestSelf Behavioral Health Niagara Falls City Schools People Inc. Daemen College Ingram Micro Games West Seneca Central School District Bridges from Borders Calamar Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. M&T Bank
We had a great time facilitating a staff retreat with the Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc.! Big shout out to our Western NY team Dan, Andrew, Jasmine, and Tyler for running the group through team-building games that work virtually and in-person with kids and adults. Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation 💫 #teambuilding #virtualtraining #workingwithkids #letslearntogether #playworks
When languages die, communities lose tradition and cultural knowledge. During the COVID-19 pandemic, native communities are more vulnerable than ever. Funded by the #AmericanRescuePlan, Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. received a $248,000 grant to support the SEEDLINGS program. The program provides language and cultural education for Haundenosaunee youth in Western New York in order to increase native language proficiency and preserve their heritage. https://higgins.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/congressman-higgins-announces-248000-in-american-rescue-plan-funding-for
Freedom Schools Buffalo is an initiative for young people, families and the community, rooted in education, our mutual liberation-"no one is free until we are all free," community health, community care, and finally joy. Today culminated in our last summer event, where we had African drumming, local Haudenosaunee giving of thanks and song/dance, healthy food tastings, sports, book giveaways, a DJ, and more. To respond to our community needs, our partners brought in health and social service linkages, produce bag giveaways, and Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) to provide vaccine information and doses. Our partners in planning and hands on support include MVP's of Buffalo , Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc. The Buffalo Urban League, NY Project Hope, D'Youville College, Ujima, PUSH Buffalo, Nice & Loud Events and Sound, Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition, Buffalo Prenatal Perinatal Network- BPPN, Western New York Children’s Environmental Health Center, Jewish Family Services of Western New York, Partnership for the Public Good
Tomorrow is the next FREEDOM FRIDAY with our wonderful partners at Conect, The Buffalo Urban League, Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties Inc., PUSH Buffalo, Erie County Restorative Justice Coalition and many more. Come out to Riverside Park for fun, food, and good company for all ages!
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Link for Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter talk tomorrow at 1pm. Click this link to register. The other flyer/link was faulty. Yaw^ko Lisa L