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Seneca Nation breaks ground on new cultural center in Salamanca

SALAMANCA -–Officials of the Seneca Nation of Indians held ground-breaking ceremonies Thursday on West Hetzel Street on Allegany Territory in Salamanca for the new Seneca National Cultural Center being built as part of a $13 million project. The center to be located at 82 West Hetzel Street will house the 38-year-old Seneca-Iroquois National Museum currently located on Broad Street here, as well as the National achieves.

Maurice A. John, Sr., president of the Seneca Nation, said the new center and museum will provide more space to have more items on display and to welcome more people to witness the nation’s heritage. He said the new facility is expected to attract at least 28,000 visitors in its first year of operation.

Officials said the Nation is conducting pre-development work on the project, which will also include outdoor culture and arts areas and research and library programs, and a full construction scheduled is being finalized.