A Thriving Community Rich in History
The Reservation continues to be a thriving community. The traditional government operates out of the tribal office. A language program for preschool to first grade provides classes in Seneca language and culture. A merchants’ association also provides assistance to individuals and community organizations.
Several smokeshops, gas stations, and restaurants are located on the reservation. Logan Field, located on Council House Road, is home to a lacrosse box and the Tonawanda Braves lacrosse organization. The annual Field Day, a community event, is held the first Sunday in August.
There are two churches, the Tonawanda Indian Baptist Church and the Tonawanda Indian Presbyterian Church. There is also a Longhouse where traditional ceremonies continue to be held, as they have since the days of Handsome Lake.
The Tonawanda Indian Community House is located adjacent to the Reservation. Built in the 1930s as a WPA project, it houses a gym, a computer center, a health clinic, a senior citizens meal program, and community activities. The Historical Society holds its annual exhibit at the Community House in early October.