Seneca of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 14,700

ROP3 Code: 108837
IMB Affinity Group: American Peoples
Affinity Bloc: North American Peoples
People Cluster: North American Indigenous
Language: Seneca - (see)
Religion: Christianity
Country of Origin: United States

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Majority Located Where

  Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, NY - 1,500

  Grove, OK - 700

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Brief Profile

The Seneca, known as the "Keeper of the Western Door", are a Native American people consisting of three federally recogized tribes: (1) the Seneca Nation of Indians (near Buffalo, New York), (2) the Tonawanda Band of Seneca Native Americans (Akron, New York), and (3) the Seneca-Cayuga Nation (Grove, Oklahoma). In their language, they call themselves "Great Hill People."

The number of fluent Seneca language speakers is diminishing and the language is considered at-risk. However, they have in place language programs to help protect, preserve and develop a new generation of Seneca language speakers to keep the Seneca language alive. The language is spoken in West New York, Tonawanda, Cattaraugus, and Allegheny reservations, in addition to northeast Oklahoma where it is intermingled with Cayuga.

Their religious preferences vary depending upon location. Some adhere to traditional religion while others adhere to several different Christian denominations.

Prayer Points

  • Pray God will send someone to share the gospel message and plant churches among the many unreached Seneca people.
  • Pray God will soften hearts and minds of Seneca people to understand and receive the message of Christ.


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Country City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
United StatesWest SenecaBuffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara FallsNY1,500