SALAMANCA — Sandra Abrams-Hill, of the Wolf Clan, has announced her candidacy for Seneca Nation treasurer.

A resident of the Allegany Territory, Abrams-Hill is running at the Seneca Party Caucus and seeks to then advance to the Nation’s general election in November.

“I have decided to take the challenge to run for Treasurer for the Seneca Nation based upon the difficult times we are facing today,” she said in announcing her candidacy. “With the COVID-19 pandemic, there has also been loss of revenues which have negatively impacted our Nation. I possess the education, knowledge, experience and passion to put this all to work to continue to provide the most essential services to our Nation in addition to growing our Nation economically.”

Abrams-Hill plans to focus her campaign on not only strengthening the Nation’s fiscal operations and generating economic development, but she also hopes to “preserve of who we are as Seneca people through language and culture initiatives.”

She said today the Nation is losing its fluent Seneca speakers, yet at the same time, many in younger generations are learning and teaching the Seneca language.

“I’m so proud of those who are working so diligently to make our culture and language a priority throughout the Seneca Nation,” she said. “It’s a key pillar of sovereignty.”

She continued, “It’s time to make a change. This I cannot do alone, we need a Council that stands strong and united to work on goals so our Nation survives this difficult time we face. A united community working together makes an incredible difference in making us one of the strongest Nations in the Iroquois Confederacy.”

The Seneca Party Caucus is set for Sept. 18 on the Allegany and Cattaraugus territories.