Title VI Indian Education Program

Attention Students & Parents/Guardians

Although our work looks different these days, we are still here to support you! Below you will find information about how to connect with us. We are maintaining virtual office hours since we cannot be in our actual offices at this time. This means we are available to respond to you right away during the times listed. Otherwise, we will respond to calls, emails, Schoology messages within 24 hours. Please feel free to reach out if you think we can help and we will do our best. Please note, you do not have to contact the normal staff person for your building – any of us can help and of you! Don’t worry and Stay well!

8AM to 3PMMrs. Lea Golden(716) 532-3325 Ext. 6009 msgolden@gcslearn.org
10AM to 12PMMrs. Caroline Young(716) 532-3325 Ext. 4007 mscyoung@gcslearn.org
12PM to 2PMMs. Mary Mohawk(716) 532-3325 Ext. 6221 msmohawk-jensen@gcslearn.org
11AM to 1PMMrs. Gill(716) 532-3325 Ext. 5218 msgill@gcslearn.org

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We are looking forward to a positive and productive school year.

The Title VI Indian Education Program is a federally funded grant program. We operate in accordance with the Every Student Succeeds Act, which represents a unique opportunity to increase equity and access for all children. We will continue to serve 506 eligible students within our school district. 

We will continue to provide student support services, while we develop relationships with students and parents across all grade levels. Last year, our Parent Committee selected the following program objectives for this grant cycle;

Overall, in grades Pre-K through 12 the Title VI program will focus on

  1. Increasing Academic Achievement 
  2. Increasing the School Attendance Rate

In addition, within each building we will have a specific objective aimed at helping our students succeed:

  • at the Elementary School we will Increase Knowledge Of Cultural Identity And Awareness
  • at the Middle School we will Increase Support for At-Risk Students
  • at the High School we will emphasize Increased Career Readiness Skills

Some program activities we will provide include: cultural enrichment activities (trips, events, clubs), mentoring, substance abuse prevention, parent involvement opportunities, academic enrichment, college & career preparation, academic support, and referrals to outside agencies for additional services. We will host school-wide events and invite guest speakers to share their knowledge with our students on a variety of topics. Our student groups will meet during lunch periods and after-school, and we will continue to be available to students, parents, and staff throughout the school day for any assistance we might provide.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. We are here to assist Native American students on their path to success. 

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 programming 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!

Parent Committee Meetings are held every month on the FIRST Wednesday at 5:00 pm in the Gowanda Middle School – Room 117.  

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Wednesday, November 6 , 2019

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

(*Public Hearing Date To Be Determined)

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wednesday, June 3, 2020


Lea M. Golden

Program Director


(716) 532-3325 ext. 6009

Mary Mohawk-Jensen                 

Coordinator, Grades 9-12


(716) 532-3325 ext 6221

Lottie Gill

Coordinator, Grades 5-8

(716) 532-3325 ext 5218

Caroline Young

Coordinator, Grades K-4


(716) 532-3325 ext. 4007


Join online or on the app.



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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