• Model United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) 2012-2013 
    President: Bryce Stahlman; Vice President: Nick Cooper; Secretary: Gabby Papa; Treasurer: Leeora Capron
      
     
     
  • The United Nations invited SCCSD senior, Gabby Papa, to provide input on Indigenous Youth Issues at an Expert Group Meeting in January 2013. If you see her, congratulate her. Ja:goh Gabby!!
     
    Unipify Logo designed by students
    Unipify Logo designed by student members.
     
     Model UNPFII Students Recognized by the SGC
     
    Model UNPFII students give a presentation to the Seneca Gaming Commission and community members.
     
    The Model United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) student group at Salamanca Jr./Sr. High School traveled to the Cattaraugus Territory November 28, 2012 to give a presentation to the Seneca Gaming Commission (SGC) and community members at a Social honoring Marvin Joe Curry and the Model UNPFII students on their achievements.
     
    21 student members attended the event where they showed a DVD of their statement given at the United Nation by Courtney Crouse in 2010 which examined the Free and Prior Informed Consent [FPIC] issues regarding the illegal taking of indigenous territory, demonstrated by the case of Kinzua Dam and the Belo Monte Dam currently being constructed deep in Brazil’s Amazon Rain Forest.
     
    Model UNPFII officers Nicholas Cooper and Gabriele Papa talked about what the group is and how it has impacted their lives. New student member, Taylor Golisano, talked about why she wanted to be a part of Model UNPFII and how it has changed her life in positive ways already.
     
     Students are fundraising with a goal of attending the Permanent Forum meetings in May of 2013 at the United Nations, NYC. The SGC made a donation of $535 from raffles and proceeds of the Social to the students.
     
    Model UNPFII members attending were: Vice President Nick Cooper, Secretary Gabrielle Papa, Calob Beyea, Alex Brooks, Clifford Brooks, Kaylee Canella, Cheyenne Case, Thomas Enderby, Austin Fenton, Eric George, Taylor Golisano, Allyson Honey, Taima Jacobs, Christopher John, Hoya’daiwat John, Katie Kindt, Tyler Siperek, Cyrus Spruce, Darrien Spruce, Jade Vincent, and Kobe Whitcomb. Advisors Gerald Musial and Suzanne Blacksnake and guest Zayne Huff accompanied the students.

     

  • A New Online Publication By UNICEF for Indigenous Youth Credits Contributions by SCCSD Youth, Model UNPFII Advisors and SNI Education Department.
     

    Acknowledgements (partial listing here). Go to the Seneca Culture, History & Education Links page for a link to the complete online UNICEF publication.

     

    The text for this publication – written for adolescent boys and girls, aged 13 – 18 years -  was prepared by Dr. Cindy Blackstock, a member of the Gitksan First Nation (Executive Director, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and Associate Professor for the University of Alberta) in collaboration with UNICEF, the Secretariat of the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (SPFII) and the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus.
    • United States: Alexandria Brooks, Clifford Brooks, Krista Brooks, Nicholas Cooper, Breann Crouse, Andrew Curley, Brandon Francis, Taima Jacobs, Jesse Jimerson, Christopher John, Harley Kettle, Aaron Miller, Gabrielle Papa, Shawnee Printup, Julia Smith, Kobe Whitcomb
    • Gerald Musial (Seneca History and Global History Teacher), Rachael Wolfe (Seneca Language and Culture Teacher), Sue John-Blacksnake (Counselor for Native American Students), Heather Rozler (Seneca Nation of Indians Education Director) and Chanda Grey (Seneca Nation of Indians Asst. Education Director) (Salamanca, New York)
    U.N. Human Rights Day, December 10, 2012  
     
    Students of the Salamanca Jr./Sr. High School Model United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) participated at the United Nations Human Rights Day events in Buffalo, New York, on December 10, 2012. The U.N. General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) on 10 December 1948 - and the date has since served to mark Human Rights Day worldwide. The UDHR sets out a broad range of fundamental human rights and freedoms to which all men and women, everywhere in the world, are entitled, without any distinction. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for the Day, "International law is clear: No matter who you are, or where you live, your voice counts. On this Day, let us unite to defend your right to make it heard.
     
    Twenty UNPFII students and their chaperones travelled to Asbury Hall in downtown Buffalo after school on December 10 to participate in a Human Rights Day event sponsored by Indigenous Women’s Initiatives and the Interfaith Peace Network along with the Peace Education Foundation. Panelists included: Professor Phillip Arnold, Syracuse University; Oren Lyons, Faith Keeper, 0nondaga Nation; James Mang, Sisters of St. Joseph; Vicki Ross, Peace Education project; and Bryce Stahlman, senior at Salamanca City Central School and President of Model UNPFII. The Moderator was Agnes F. Williams, MSW, Indigenous Women’s Initiatives.
             
    Oren Lyons spoke about the 35 year struggle he has been involved in to promote and advance the sovereign rights and recognition of Indigenous people’s at the United Nations and throughout mother earth. The students learned about the ongoing fight for Indigenous recognition and respect and witnessed on whose shoulders they stand when the Model UNPFII speaks and submits statements at the Permanent Forum in New York City. The Model UNPFII hopes to obtain a video file of the panel discussion from the Indigenous Women’s Initiatives to make it available to the community.
                 
    The event was a wonderful opportunity for youth to be heard and participate in an academic panel of WNY human rights leaders. Salamanca student representative, Mr. Bryce Stahlman, did an excellent job of speaking and professionally presenting to an enlightened audience. SCCSD can be proud of this group and their future as leaders.