Northern Tribal Border Summit aims to tackle tough issues and challenges — enhanced Tribal I.D. cards and strategies for improving border access on agenda

In a joint press release issued by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, they have announced the convening of a “Northern Tribal Border Summit” for tribal leaders. This rare and innovative event will be held August 20-21, 2017 at Shakopee’s Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Shakopee, Minnesota. “We look forward to discussing how best to improve border crossing for Native peoples during the Trump and Trudeau administrations,” said Gary Aitken, Jr. Chairman of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, “particularly those tribes, like ours, that have our people located on both sides of the border.” The Summit is an opportunity for leaders of tribal governments and First Nations communities located on or near the U.S.-Canada border to discuss border-crossing and related issues, including: Challenges of Northern Border Crossing for Tribal Citizens & Members; Trump and Trudeau Administration U.S. Northern Border Policies; Enhanced Tribal Cards and Strategies

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SRMT monthly meeting highlights progress and positive developments in Akwesasne

With roughly 35 people in attendance at the June monthly community meeting, which was held in the SRMT’s Community Building, and chaired by Tribal Chief Beverly Cook, a full agenda was on the schedule and no time was wasted. At most community meetings, a number of action items are requested for Tribal Council to explore, and in the past several months, the matter of the 1990 Cold Case Murders in Akwesasne have resurfaced and an appeal was made to investigate further. On May 17th, members of Tribal Council met with the New York State Police(NYSP), and their Violent Crime Investigation Team’s Senior Investigator.  The NYSP reported they did not have any files on the 1990 cases. The 1990 Cold Case Murders are in reference to the unsolved deaths of two Mohawk men, Matt Pyke and Junior Edwards. According to reports, the two were killed during a ‘stand-off’ which took place on

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Tribal Council Appoints Elders Benefit Working Group

AKWESASNE — In accordance with the 2013 Tribal Election and Referendum Ordinance, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is continuing to take action on the referendum question that was presented and approved by tribal membership on Saturday, Tsiothóhrha/December 4, 2016. The first step was the appointment of an Elders Benefit Working Group to examine options for bringing about the central purpose of the referendum, which was completed this past week.   “The Tribal Council has been busy during the past several months as we continued to take measures to help bring about the intended purpose of the elders benefit referendum,” said Tribal Chief Ron LaFrance. He added, “Tribal seniors are a vulnerable segment of our community whose needs we have always made a priority and will continue to take seriously when considering programs and services that provide the greatest benefit.” The Elders Benefit Working Group will work in unity with

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The SRMT is the first Tribe to remove FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) licensed hydro, and the first hydro decommission/removal in New York State.

  Akwesasne, NY- April 1, 2017, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe held its monthly meeting chaired by Chief Eric Thompson.  Getting right down to business, Tribal Clerk Betty Roundpoint provided a review of action items before moving on to the three scheduled presentations from SRMT Environment Division, Agriculture Program, and the Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Program. SRMT Environment Division Provides Positive Update on Dam Removal Program Manager, Tony David gave an applause worthy presentation encapsulating the positive impacts of this removal, to providing a more traditional approach of rethinking how we view the “Hogansburg dam”.  “The removal is just a starting point,” stated David, “We need to rethink how we see it. Why do we still call it Hogansburg, and “the dam”?  Moving forward how do we want to think of this area?  I think those are really important questions to start asking.” These areas such as Hogansburg, Helena, and Fort

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Proposed Elders Benefit Could Cause Ripple Effect Throughout Tribal Programs– “At this point, the Elders Benefit does not have set criterion, nor does it have an outlined financial plan.”

November 28, 2016- Akwesasne, NY- The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is holding a referendum on Saturday, December 3, 2016 in the lobby of the Community Building on the proposed questions regarding Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp.  A community member’s petition has resulted in the Tribe’s Election Board adding a third question to the ballot: “Do you support a $200 monthly benefit to be paid to tribally enrolled American resident Elders 62 years old and older within the 15 mile radius, which is the established guidelines of the SRMT, for achieving and/or maintaining financial stability for their health, education and welfare?”   The idea of an Elder’s Benefit came about three years ago, when a group of 9 people got together and discussed their commonalities and hardships, as well as the state of the elders in the community.  Some elders were having trouble making ends meet, in taking care of their responsibilities and needs.  Community

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Community meeting honours education and overcoming adversity — “Some kids who go to bed with no one there, or wake up with no one to cook them breakfast, the kids who are taking care of their younger siblings, or who are struggling with learning disabilities are the kids who deserve acknowledgement,” stated Chief Cook.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Monthly Meeting was held on June 11th, 2016 at the community building, chaired by Tribal Chief Beverly Cook.  The action items from the May Monthly Tribal Meeting were read by the SRM Tribal Clerk, which were as follows: * A PA system was requested for the meeting held at the Seniors Center regarding drug issues and detox center.  A PA system will be provided. * A request for information on the ownership of the former Bingo Palace parking lot.  The legal department is currently working on this, and an update will be provided. Following the reading of the action items, Chief Beverly Cook acknowledged all the young children, youth, as well as elders who’ve furthered their education, especially the youth facing the many overlooked challenges of their everyday lives.  “Some kids who go to bed with no one there, or wake up with no one to

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Mohawk Council calls for the establishment of an independent oversight mechanism for the CBSA.

On May 26th, 2016, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Grand Chief Abram Benedict submitted a letter to Minister Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, stressing the need and support for the “establishment of an independent oversight mechanism for the CBSA.” In recent days the Government of Canada has announced that it will be looking for ways that will improve the transparency and increase the public’s confidence with the CBSA (Canada Border Service Agency). Due to the uniqueness of the community of Akwesasne, community members traveling to and from Cornwall, and/or Kawenohke (Cornwall Island), are required to check in at the Cornwall CBSA Port of Entry, and in many cases multiple times a day. Community members have experienced maltreatment and misconduct from CBSA officers, including unreasonable searches. Any complaints pertaining to the Cornwall Port of entry CBSA have thus far solely gone to CBSA, foreshadowing the need to establish

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Meeting held with Lieutenant Governor and Akwesasne political officials deals with the possibility of a having good relationship with the Mohawks

    Members of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) met with the Lieutenant Governor, the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell of Ontario, on May 31, 2016.  The MCA invited Dowdeswell to the territory so that she could learn more about the community. It was her first visit to Akwesasne. MCA Grand Chief, Abram Benedict, members of the council , and the MCA Environment staff welcomed Dowdeswell as she entered Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island). According to a press release sent out by MCA Communications department, after arriving at the Tri-District Elders Lodge, an Edge of the Woods ceremony was initiated for the Lieutenant Governor, which highlighted the intent of her visit. During the ceremony, Dowdeswell noted she would be open to learn about the community of Akwesasne with, “her eyes and ears open.” Grand Chief Abram Benedict and representatives from the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs (MNCC) and Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) also provided words of welcome during

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Monthly tribal meeting addresses community issues — Complaints, Bingo Palace net profits, Art Park, Soy bean project, and Diabetes.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Monthly Meeting was held May 14th, 2016 at the community building, chaired by Tribal Chief Ron LaFrance.  The action items from the April Monthly Tribal Meeting were read by the SRMT Tribal Clerk, which were as follows: * Request to check into Progressive Jackpots.  The jackpots decrease when someone wins, particularly on Saturday, March 26, 2016.  Yes, the jackpots decrease when someone wins, especially on Saturday March 26, 2016.  The jackpot amount is the same for all of the machines in the group, and all reset to a new start amount when won, as it is linked together due to being progressive. * Request for bingo Palace Net Profits. There will be an update at the June Tribal Monthly Meeting. * Request for a community meeting on the Art Park. As of now an art park committee is being formed to start developing the concept

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Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Chiefs among crowd greeting PM Trudeau at special assembly — hundreds of chiefs and other First Nations delegates attend the annual Assembly of First Nations.

The prime minister has called for a “total renewal” of Canada’s relationship with First Nations. From launching an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women to pledging to spend more money on programs and improve education on territories. PM Trudeau addressed more than 1000 delegates on the first day of a three-day AFN Special Chiefs Assembly taking place at the Hilton Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Quebec this week. “It is time for a renewed, nation-to-nation relationship with First Nations peoples, one that understands that the constitutionally guaranteed rights of First Nations in Canada are not an inconvenience but rather a sacred obligation,” said Trudeau to loud applause from First Nations chiefs at a special assembly at the AFN. Council members from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, including Grand Chief Abram Benedict, were among delegates from across Canada that welcomed the newly elected Prime Minister’s commitment to First Nations. Troy Thompson – Kawehnoke District

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