IRVING — For the fifth time in his political career, Barry E. Snyder Sr. took the oath of office as the president of the Seneca Nation of Indians.
The newly elected president was sworn in Tuesday morning at the Seneca Gaming facility in Irving before hundreds of supporters and his family. Robert Odawi Porter, the outgoing Seneca president, also was present for the swearing-in ceremony, but left shortly after President Snyder made an acceptance speech.
“For 50 years, I have dedicated my life to the Seneca Nation,” President Snyder said. “What an honor it is to lead the Seneca Nation and what a high honor it is to have the faith the Seneca people put in us.”
Deeming his inauguration as the beginning of a new day for the Seneca Nation, President Snyder said his election as the tribe’s top executive is representative of a call for change by the Seneca people.
“I can’t remember an election in which we had so many candidates running for office,” President Snyder said. “And the people were wondering what this election would bring. But the Senecas did agree on one thing — the need for change.”
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