About Our Founder

Lyman Pierce, a Native American Rights Activist, was the first Executive Director and founder of Allegany Regional Development Corporation. As the founder, he felt that Seneca’s who had Intellectual disabilities, that lived on the Allegany, Cattaraugus, and Tonawanda territories lacked services needed to be integrated into their communities. With his partner Zelda an agency was born. Lyman was an enrolled member of the Onondaga Nation of Indians and a member of the Beaver Clan. Believing education was important he was a graduate of Salamanca Central High School. He received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Houghton College. He also held a Masters of Divinity Degree from Nazarene Theological Seminary in Kansas City, MO, a Master’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Kansas, and a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of Buffalo. He attended classes at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. As a veteran of the U.S. Army he served as a Chaplain Assistant and a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Culver City, CA. Most of his life was dedicated to building up non-profit organizations for Natives across Turtle Island including cities such as Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, and Los Angeles.