Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal officials invited to Cuba to meet with Minister of Public Health

  Cuban Ambassador Jose R. Cabanas has extended a rare invitation to the Akwesasne Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to visit Cuba to gather information, and to establish international relations on diabetes treatments. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, a country rich in ethnic diversity and Indigenous thinking,” expressed Chief Beverly Cook. “The World Health Organization recognizes Cuba as having one of the most effective public health systems. The intent is that we build a relationship that allows us to access treatment that benefits Native patients to avoid amputation as a result of diabetes. Our initial focus is on Mohawk patients and Six Nations communities with the vision of nurturing a deeper understanding and sharing of cultural practices and protocols.” Last December, SRMT Chief Beverly Cook and Chief Eric Thompson were given a unique introduction to the Ambassador to Cuba through Katsi Cook,

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Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Seeks Negotiated Settlement vs. Land in Trust — Settlement Talks Continue in Decades long conflict over land

Akwesasne, NY — Negotiations continue concerning the Akwesasne Mohawk land claim between the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Franklin County and New York State. Resolution of the land claim will bring finality to the boundary of Akwesasne. Nearly two years ago, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the State, St. Lawrence County and NYPA. Negotiations with the County resumed shortly after the MOU was signed in May of 2014. Yet, Franklin County has yet to fully “buy in” and it is taking longer than expected to settle. In a press release issued by the SRMT it says that it has made every effort  to educate the surrounding communities on the benefits of a negotiated settlement and the difference between their alternative and the land in trust process. SRMT Chief Ron LaFrance says under a final settlement agreement, Franklin County would receive payment for back taxes, as well as future

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