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Mohawk Election: An Historical Perspective

David Sommerstein talks with Jon Parmenter, St. Lawrence University professor of history, about the history of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council and what's at stake in Saturday's election.  Go to full article
Campaign placards crowd Rt. 37
Campaign placards crowd Rt. 37

Tribal Election Tests Mohawk Politics

The Mohawks of Akwesasne have reached a defining moment in their history. The tribe is preparing to vote on a proposed settlement to the Mohawks' decades' old land claim and a chance to build a new casino in the Catskills. Some members say it's the best possible deal and they want to move on. But others say they can do much better and heal a divided community in the process. As David Sommerstein reports, a tribal election this Saturday will test the deal's popularity and the tribe's political system.  Go to full article

Tribe Separates Land Claims from Casino/Tax Deal

Facing pressure and protests from critics, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council announced over the weekend it would separate land claims from casino and taxation issues in a sweeping deal signed with Governor Pataki last month. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chiefs
St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chiefs

Tribe Debates Land Claims-Casinos Deal

A complex deal between the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and Governor Pataki got its first public airing on the Akwesasne reservation last week. The pact covers land claims, casinos, and tax parity issues and must be approved by the tribe and a host of state and federal agencies. As David Sommerstein reports, public meetings were poorly attended despite the controversial deal and an upcoming tribal election.  Go to full article
Carol Ann Maracle prepares the feast.
Carol Ann Maracle prepares the feast.

Making Fry Bread the Mohawk Way

Last week an environmental conference on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation featured a traditional dinner in honor of activist Katsi Cook. The menu included moose meatloaf, wild rice casserole, squash, corn meal cake with fresh strawberries, and, of course, native fry bread. David Sommerstein slipped into the kitchen while the cook was kneading the dough and has this audio profile.  Go to full article

Relief, Mistrust Among Mohawk Neighbors

The announcement of a landmark deal between Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is starting to sink in amongst the tribe's neighbors. The agreement addresses tax parity and casino issues. But in the areas around the Akwesasne reservation near Massena, the big news is a proposed settlement to the Mohawks' claim that New York illegally took 15,000 acres of land in the 18th century. Today non-native residents own that land near the St. Lawrence River in northern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. As David Sommerstein reports, some people are taking things in stride; others with trepidation.  Go to full article
Chief Alma Ransom, Chief Paul Thompson, Sub-Chief John Bigtree, Jr., Sub-Chief Harry Benedict, & Chief Hilda Smoke (absent)
Chief Alma Ransom, Chief Paul Thompson, Sub-Chief John Bigtree, Jr., Sub-Chief Harry Benedict, & Chief Hilda Smoke (absent)

Mohawk Chiefs Talk about Land/Tax/Casino Deal

Mohawk tribal chiefs spoke publicly yesterday for the first time since signing a landmark memorandum of understanding with Governor Pataki Monday. If it survives a long approval process, the deal would settle land claims, allow a Mohawk casino in the Catskills, and establish tax parity with non-native convenience stores. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Chief Alma Ransom on Historic Deal with State

David Sommerstein talks with Mohawk Chief Alma Ransom about why she signed the historic, but controversial, memorandum of understanding with Governor Pataki.  Go to full article

Pataki, Mohawks Reach Landmark Deal

Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe yesterday broke a two decades old impasse when they signed an agreement to settle the tribe's land claims in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. The deal also addresses tobacco and gas sales to non-natives and a Mohawk-owned casino in the Catskills. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

New York Looks to Native Sales for Cash

Seeking more revenue for the budget, the state legislature passed a bill requiring the collection of sales tax on non-natives purchases at native stores. Tribes in New York - and Governor Pataki - say it's unenforceable. But as David Sommerstein reports, the St. Regis Mohawks may be proposing a middle ground.  Go to full article

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