Highlighting some of the many Indigenous enrolled members who are Seneca Gaming Corporation employees.
Justine Campanella, Director of Player Development, has been with Seneca Gaming Corporation for 20 years. As an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation and of the Heron clan, Justine was born on the Cattaraugus Territory and moved to the city of Buffalo when she was eight years old. To celebrate Native American Heritage Month, Justine will be “Rockin’ her Mocs” every Friday, as well as encourage her team to attend our Native American functions throughout the properties. Justine is focused on educating her team, as well as patrons, about her heritage, culture and traditions.
Christian Printup, Executive Director of Entertainment & Special Events, is a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation. Christian has been with Seneca Gaming Corporation since 2016 and resides in Niagara Falls, NY. He takes great pride in spending the majority of his career working in Tribal Gaming and Entertainment, and he strives to make business and personal decisions that will help future generations. Native American Heritage Month is significant to him, as it allows him to remember the trials, tribulations, and sacrifices that his ancestors overcame. This month, Christian will be hosting Indigenous comedians, as well as putting on our Native American Music Awards on November 19. Christian is passionate about setting a foundation for Indigenous youth and hopes to inspire them that if you have a dream, and work hard for it—nothing is impossible.
Joshua Howard, member of the Seneca Nation, has been with Seneca Gaming Corporation for 10 years. As the Learning and Development Manager for Leadership Seneca, Joshua ensures that our Seneca team members have the resources to develop and grow within the company. Native American Heritage Month is crucial for Joshua, as he and his team prepare all events at each property. Joshua believes that one month throughout the year does not seem adequate to recognize indigenous people and all they currently perform and are achieving. He hopes to gain more recognition for the indigenous community, as it is important to recognize those who have been here for generations. This month, Leadership Seneca will be orchestrating traditional dance shows, market fairs, storytelling, as well a micro-film program. They also are hosting a community dinner and social on November 16 at Seneca Allegany to enjoy the food, arts, knowledge, and education of indigenous people. This event is open to all.
Executive Sous Chef Montez Crane has been with Seneca Gaming Corporation for eight years. He is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation and grew up on the Cattaraugus Territory. Chef Montez is very excited to be celebrating pre-colonial foods within the indigenous culture this month. He will be arranging all of our Native American specials this month, as well as preparing a tasting menu for Seneca Buffalo Creek, spotlighting Native foods and techniques. Native American Heritage Month allows Chef Montez to express his love for food, while incorporating the history of indigenous cuisine.