Native Pride’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response


Tallchief Outdoor Music Celebration

Throughout the summer we put a lot of time and effort into sponsoring Tallchief Territory/Native Pride and JC Seneca Foundation events that offered great entertainment in safe and contained structured settings. It took a lot of planning and extra work to produce our the Tallchief Territory Dedication / Diner Grand Reopening, our Rock’N’Blues Bike Nights, the JCSF Charity Golf Tournament, the Tallchief Outdoor Music Celebration and our most recent “Squish the Fish” Bills tailgate party, all in accordance with COVID-19 regulations. We are proud to say that every event was well attended with good times had by all and no adverse repercussions reported.

We would like to thank our staff who worked hard all summer to make sure our events were COVID compliant. We also want to acknowledge the workers who helped create the new Tallchief Outdoor Event Center. We look forward to hosting many great events there in the future.

Most of all we want to thank you, our customers, for having faith in our event protocols and respect for the rules and regulation at each one. It’s always our honor to welcome you to Tallchief Territory, Home of Native Pride and we look forward to sharing many more good times together.

Wrap up of the JCSF Charity Golf Tournament:

August 18th was a beautiful sunny day with warm temperatures and cooling breezes for the JC Seneca Foundation Annual Charity Golf Tournament.

This is the fourth year for the tournament, dedicated to raising funds to advance healthy living in body, mind, and spirit for the people of the Seneca Nation and surrounding communities. The tournament was held at the beautiful Tri-County Golf Course in Forestville. Club/Course Manager, Daniel Rettig and his grounds crew had the course in perfect playing condition with pin placements tough enough to challenge any PGA Pro. The clubhouse staff, food and drink were all equally outstanding.

This year’s tournament was a sold-out event with a field of 100 golfers. After an afternoon of fun on the links, golfers gathered on the club patio to enjoy a delicious beef on weck dinner and bid on the wide array of auction baskets and prizes contributed by generous donors.

We would like to thank all the golfers who joined to make this year’s tournament such a great success. Without your participation we would not be able to donate over $6,000 to one of our main beneficiaries, It Takes A Tribe (ITAT). As ITAT Founder, Nicole Seneca, noted in her opening remarks at the tournament, “Our children can quite easily become lost in the system due to not having enough qualified SENECA families on call and ready to care for Seneca children. We need to care more. We need to do better. The fundraising that we do, like this tournament, is so important to both our children and supporting families and we are dedicated to always helping them.”

Wrap up of the Tallchief Outdoor Music Celebration:

As part of our Native Pride 25th Anniversary Celebration JC created a Tallchief Outdoor Event Center in a beautiful wooded space at the back of the Tallchief Territory land, behind the travel plaza. The plan is for future events, like our Farmer’s Market, Rock’n’Blues Bike Nights, and all concerts and sports experiences, to be set up in this outdoor space which offers a stage, full sound system and plenty of space for seating.

We christened the outdoor event center on September 5th with a Music Celebration featuring national recording artist and Sirius Bluesville Star, Popa Chubby, national recording artist Miller and Other Sinners, Big Martha: an Allman Brothers Experience, the Jeremy Keyes Band, and Iron Eyes Experience. We also enjoyed a fun & educational performance by the Haudenosaunee Singers & Dancers.

The celebration was a sold-out event. Despite some rain showers during the day, plenty of music lovers showed up to party socially distanced and wearing masks. Food was served up by a variety of food trucks including Babz Bbq, Pizza Amore, as well as sausage and fries by Murphy’s West End, CJ’s Best kettle corn and The Pink Cow ice cream vendors. For more information about these and future events, check out our Native Pride Facebook Page.

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