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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