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Mohawk-Canada Trade Dispute Revived

An international human rights commission is reviving a 15 year-old Mohawk trade dispute with Canada. The case centers on whether Akwesasne Mohawks in the U.S. can carry goods duty-free across the border to trade with other native tribes. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Take Taxation Issue to Tribe

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is taking its approach to the state's taxation plan to the people. Tribal members will vote in a referendum on the issue November 29th, two days before the tax plan is to take effect. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Mohawks Oppose NY Tax Plan

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe last week lashed out against the state's plan to collect cigarette and gas taxes on reservations. Earlier this month, the state taxation department released a plan to tax non-native purchases at native-owned gas and tobacco shops. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
(L to R) Chiefs Maggie Terrance, Barbara Lazore, Jim Ransom, and Sub-Chiefs Andrew Jacobs, Rita Swamp, and Emily Lauzon.
(L to R) Chiefs Maggie Terrance, Barbara Lazore, Jim Ransom, and Sub-Chiefs Andrew Jacobs, Rita Swamp, and Emily Lauzon.

New Mohawk Chiefs Outline Agenda

The new chiefs of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council took the reigns this month at a critical juncture in the tribe's history. They were elected in a tribal election in June. David Sommerstein talks with the chiefs about land claims, casinos, and their relationship with tribal members and other communities in the North Country.  Go to full article

Mohawks Return to Polls

Members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will return to the voting booth for a run-off election tomorrow. Two candidates tied for a chief position in an election earlier this month. David Sommerstein has more.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence County Eyes Sales Tax Hike

Facing mounting budget woes, St. Lawrence County is among counties statewide considering raising the local sales tax. Lawmakers say the three-quarter of a percent hike would help pay for skyrocketing Medicaid, health care, and pension costs. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg.
The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino in Hogansburg.

High Court Invalidates Mohawk Casino

New York's highest court ruled yesterday that the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe's gaming compact for its Akwesasne Mohawk Casino near Massena is invalid. As David Sommerstein reports, the decision is unlikely to have any immediate effect, but it sets the stage for a face-off over the legality of casinos in New York.  Go to full article

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

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

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