Formation of the Seneca Diabetes Foundation was announced Wednesday by Barry E. Snyder Sr., chairman of the Tribal Council and a candidate for president of the Seneca Nation.
"Diabetes is the single greatest health problem among Seneca Indians," he said. "In fact, diabetes affects 50 percent of all Native Americans versus 6 percent of the country's general population."
He made the announcement in Millard Fillmore Hospital with Dr. Paresh Dandona, executive director of the Diabetes Center of Western New York.
Snyder also met with officials of the American Diabetes Association, which will work with the new foundation. "I hope to raise $250,000 from the private sector for the foundation," Snyder said.
In the campaign for Seneca president, Cyrus M. Schindler Jr., the Seneca Alliance candidate, Wednesday challenged Snyder to live on the Cattaraugus Reservation year round.
Snyder owns a winter home in Arizona.
"I live here everyday because I'm a Seneca," said Schindler, a Tribal Council member. "To protect and advance the sovereignty of our nation, I pledge to continue to live among the Senecas so I can best serve our people."
In response, Snyder said, "My only home is on the Cattaraugus Indian Reservation on Lake Shore Road in Irving."
He explained that he eventually plans to retire in the Arizona house because his wife has emphysema.