American Indian | Native American Education

NYS Education Department Native American Education Unit
The Native American Education Unit allocates State funding and assists public school districts that educate Native American children residing on reservations throughout the State.

NYS Office of Children and Family Services Native American Services
Native American Services was placed under OCFS when it was formed in January 1998 by combining programs and services administered by the NYS Division for Youth with the family and children's programs formerly administered by the Department of Social Services.

There are eight federally recognized Indian tribes and one state-recognized Indian tribe in New York State. 

American Indian Tribes in NYS









Federally Recognized

1. Cayuga Nation of Indians: PO Box 11 Versailles, NY 14168

2. Oneida Indian Nation:Genesee Street Oneida, NY 13421

3. Onondaga Nation: Rt. 1 Box 270A Nedrow, NY 13120

4. St. Regis Mohawk Tribe: Community Building Hogansburg, NY 13655

5. Seneca Nation of Indians - Allegany Territory

6. Seneca Nation of Indians - Cattaraugus Territory

7. Seneca Nation of Indians - Oil Springs Territory

8. Tonawanda Seneca Nation  Tonawanda Band of Senecas: 7027 Meadville Rd Basom, NY 14013

9. Tuscarora Nation   Tuscarora Nation: 5616 Walmore Rd Lewiston, NY 14092

10. Shinnecock Indian Nation  Shinnecock Indian Nation: PO Box 5006 Southampton, NY 11969

State Recognized

Unkechague Poosepatuck Tribe (Unkechaug Nation)
The reservation and its people are recognized as Native American by the state of New York, but it has not received federal recognition from the US Bureau of Indian Affairs. This means that it does not control sovereign territory and may not conduct Indian gaming on its land.

Other Resources

American Indian Health Program in NYS
The American Indian Health Program is responsible for providing access to medical care, dental care, and preventive health education for approximately 25,000 Native Americans living in reservation communities. 

Caring for American Indians (AI) and Alaska Native Children and Adolescents Policy Statement
AI/AN children and adolescents have excessive disease rates compared with the general pediatric population. Because of this, pediatric care providers are in a unique position not only to attenuate disease incidence during childhood but also to improve the health status of this special population as a whole. (Shaquita Bell, Jason F. Deen, Molly Fuentes, Kelly Moore and COMMITTEE ON NATIVE AMERICAN CHILD HEALTH Pediatrics  American Academy of Pediatrics March 2021)

The Impact of Words and Tips for Using Appropriate Terminology
Provides tips to prevent stereotypes and encourage cultural understanding and sensitivity when teaching about a particular tribe or nation (Native Knowledge 360° Education Materials National Museum of the American Indian- Smithsonian)

National Indian Education Association (NIEA)
Native educators formed the National Indian Education Association (NIEA) in 1969 to encourage a national discourse on Native education and provide Native students and educators with the information needed to be successful.

Page Updated 5/17/22