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The SINM staff brings a variety of talent and backgrounds to the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum’s programs.  All are dedicated to educating the community and general public about Seneca- Hodinöhsö:ni' history and culture, as well as preserving the cultural materials that reflect both the past and present for future generations.  They are:

David L. George-Shongo, Jr., Acting Director 

Dave is a lifetime resident of the Seneca Nation of Indians Allegany Territory.  He graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BA in Anthropology.  As a teenager his first employment was with the Seneca-Iroquois National Museum (SINM) as a part-time tour guide after school.  During college, he did several internships with SINM.  For one of these internships, he participated in inquiring about sacred/religious  items in the museum's collections from across the United States which needed to be repatriated under The  Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990 (NAGPRA).  Dave has worked as an adjunct professor at Jamestown Community College teaching Physical and Cultural Anthropology.  He has also worked as the staff Archeologist for the Seneca Nation of Indians Tribal Historic Preservation Office (THPO). He was the first archivist for the Seneca Nation and he became the first chairperson of the Society of American Archivist's Native American Archives Roundtable in 2005.  In 2007, Dave served in the SAA's Mentor Program and the Task Force on the Protocols fro Native American Archival Materials.  In 2009, he received the Excellence in Archives Award from the National Conference for Tribal Archives, Libraries and Museums.  Most recently, he was employed with the Men's Cultural and Ritual Language Program, a program dedicated to ensuring the ongoing practice of traditional teachings, arts, knowledge and the living culture of our Longhouse ways.  Dave's email is dave.shongo@sni.org

Eva Aidman, Gift Shop/Finance Manager

Eva is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Deer Clan.  Eva has owned and operated two gift shops in Gatlinburg and Knoxville, Tennessee, where she sold a variety of gifts, including her own art pieces.  Eva moved back to her Onöndowa'ga:' community in 2001, where she resides in her great grandmother's relocated home in Jonegano:h (Cold Spring).  She has been employed as the Gift Shop Manager at the Museum since 2006.  Under her management, The Museum Gift Shop has grown to include a variety of regional and global Hodinöhsö:ni' artists.  Her energy, outgoing personality, and knowledge of Onöndowa'ga:' artists and culture, makes Eva an essential part of our daily program.  Eva's email is eva.aidman@sni.org

Johnna Crouse, Collections Manager

Johnna (Jonie) is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Hawk Clan.  She earned an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Secretary from Tampa College in Lakeland, Florida.  She was the head clerical associate for Registered Nurses at a private business in Lakeland before returning to the Ohi:yo' over 10 years ago.  Since joining the staff in 2001, Jonie maintains inventory/cataloguing records of all museum collections, both in hard copy and digital format, which includes assigning accession numbers for all acquisitions.  In addition, she monitors environmental conditions of the collection storage area as well as ensures proper storage for collections objects.  Her attention to detail, appreciation of objects and her dedication to the integrated collection care strategy makes Jonie a vital member of the museum team.  Jonie’s email is johnna.crouse@sni.org

Jeremy Jones, Gift Shop Inventory Manager/Museum Interpreter

Jeremy has been an important part of the Museum’s “front line” staff for 14 years. His father is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Turtle Clan. He is passionate about his Onöndowa'ga:' heritage and has learned much by listening to his family elders and community members talk about the past. Jeremy is also a gifted teacher and is popular with students, teachers, and family members , who receive a tour at the Museum. In addition, he is part of our outreach team, which provides onsite programs for schools and community organizations. His traditional game demonstrations are extremely popular with the public. Jeremy's email is jeremy.jones@sni.org

, Public Relations Manager


, Museum Interpreter/Collections Assistant


Valerie Nosie, Education Specialist

Valerie is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, Deer clan. She earned a BS in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University and a M.Ed. in Special Education from the University of Texas at El Paso. She comes back home by way of Arizona. She taught for 25 years. She has helped at many cultural gatherings at schools and communities in Arizona that encourage the active participation of Native American children. She has presented cultural presentation at the Heard Museum in Phoenix, reservations schools in Arizona, and performed at Arizona State University during their Native American Heritage Month. She is excited to be team member. She lives in Salamanca with her children and grandchildren.Valerie’s e-mail is valerie.nosie@sni.org 

In addition to these 8, the Museum relies on the expertise and help of our Museum Associates.  They are:

Phyllis (Wms) Bardeau- Seneca Language Department Facilitator, Onöndowa'ga:' elder, language specialist, and author.

Dr. Randy John- historian, a retired Associate Professor of Sociology at Saint Bonaventure University, lecturer, and author.

Justin Schapp- Seneca Nation Chief of Staff, anthropologist, and community activist

Meghan McCune- anthropologist and Professor in Anthropology at Jamestown Community College

Dr. Laurence Hauptman- historian, Distinguished Professor History, SUNY New Paltz (retired), lecturer, and author

Robert Dean- archaeology, President, Heritage Preservation & Interpretation, Inc.

Dr. Sid Horton- anthropology and community historian

Jack Ericson- Reed Library, SUNY Fredonia Special Collections (retired)

Caleb Abrams- student at Syracuse University, Film/Cinema/Video Studies Program

Brendan John- student at Rochester Institute of Technology, Seneca Language Revitalization Program

Richard D. Hamell- Professor (Geosciences), Monroe Community College (retired), author, lecturer