What is Title VI Indian Education Program?

The Title IV program formerly known as the Title VII is provided for by a Federal Formula Grant that is awarded on an annual basis. The amount of money our school receives in the grant is based on the number of Indian children enrolled in our school district.

For Federal Grant Purposes the Definition of Indian means: Any individual who is (1) a member (as defined by the Indian tribe or band) of an Indian tribe or band, including those Indian tribe or bands terminated since 1940, and those recognized by the State in which the tribe or band reside; or 920 a descendent in the first or second degree (parent or grandparent) as described in (1); or (3) considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose; or (4) Eskimo or Aleut or other Alaska Native; or (5) a member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was in effect October 19, 1994.

What Do We Do?

The Title VI Program provides supplemental services to students in order to meet increase academic and social success in school and beyond.  The following objectives or program goals are the options that the Parent Committee have determined to be our priority.

For All Grades (K-12): 1) Increase Academic Achievement

2) Increase School Attendance Rate

In addition, there is another objective for each of our school buildings:

Elementary (K-4): Increase knowledge of cultural identity and awareness

Middle School (5-8):   Increase support for at-risk students

High School (9-12): Increase Career Readiness skills

Program activities include culturally responsive academic support & enrichment, cultural enrichment activities like field trips and other events, substance abuse prevention programs, lunch bunch for elementary students, lunch & learn for middle school students, Haudenosaunee dance presentations, guest speakers, college/career preparation opportunities and much more.  In addition to student services, we provide parent universities and act as an avenue for student/family advocacy as our home school coordinator liaison between guardians and school staff. Furthermore, the Title VI program helps to provide professional development opportunities for the faculty and staff of Gowanda Central School to provide an environment where Native American students are better understood and celebrated.

Who Is Eligible?

Parents/Guardians are asked to complete a 506 form which provides

  • Gowanda Central School students that are enrolled members of a Federally Recognized tribes
  • or Gowanda Central School students are a descendent of a Federally Recognized tribe

Join the Title VI Parent Committee!

We are always looking for additional committee members!
All parents/guardians of Native American students enrolled in the Gowanda Central School District are welcome and encouraged to join the committee.
This is a chance to give your viewpoint and input for the Title VI Program.
We meet to discuss issues and concerns students may be having, we gather ideas for cultural and other programing and we provide reports back on how our students are doing throughout the year….

Give us a call, send us an email or plan to attend one of the monthly meetings!

For the 2018-2019 school year, meetings will be held every FIRST WEDNESDAY of the month at 5:00pm at Gowanda Middle School. Additional meetings are scheduled and announced as needed!

Meeting Dates can be found on the District Calendar and District Calendar webpage and below:

September 5, 2018
October 3, 2018
November 7, 2018
December 5, 2018
January 2, 2019
February 6, 2019
March 6, 2019
April 3, 2019
May 1, 2019
June 5, 2019

Lea M. Golden

Program Director


(716) 532-3325 ext. 6009

Mary Mohawk-Jensen                 

Home School Coordinator, Grades 9-12


(716) 532-3325 ext 6221

Lottie Gill

Home School Coordinator, Grades 5-8

(716) 532-3325 ext 5218

Caroline Young

Home School Coordinator, Grades K-4


(716) 532-3325 ext. 4007


Seneca Nation of Indians
Department of Education
Cattaraugus Territory
12861 Route 438
Irving, NY 14081
(716) 532-3341

Where Learning is Tradition

Mission Statement of the Seneca Nation Education Department

The Seneca Nation of Indian’s Department of Education philosophy is that education is a life-long, empowering learning process which begins with the individual, and is multi-cultural, multi-generational, and respectful of physical, emotional, spiritual and intellectual wellness. The department recognizes that each individual is at a different place in life’s journey and we will work with them to move them forward toward their goals

The AASP/JOM teachers for our district are

Elementary SchoolFaith Stewartmsstewart@gcslearn.org532-3325 x4142
Elementary SchoolJudy Driscoll (Teaching Assistant)msjdriscoll@gcslearn.org532-3325 x4142
Middle SchoolTristin Hagemanmshageman@gcslearn.org532-3325 x5121
Middle SchoolAnne Foit (Teaching Assistant)msfoit@gcslearn.org532-3325 x5121
High SchoolMelanie Schottmsschott@gcslearn.org532-3325 x6213
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