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Navajo Nation Withstands Motion to Dismiss in Colorado River Breach of Trust Litigation

Native News Online Staff

WINDOW ROCK – Last week, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the Navajo Nation’s request to overturn a decision of the Arizona District Court holding that the Nation’s claim that the United States had breached its fiduciary duty to the Navajo Nation in decisions regarding the management of the Colorado River was barred by sovereign immunity.  Attorney General Ethel Branch explained the significance of the ruling: “The decision in Navajo Nation v. Department of Interior, 9th Circuit No. 14-16864, is particularly important for tribes within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit because it clarifies that Congress has waived the immunity of the United States for all suits for injunctive and declaratory relief that do not seek money damages.”

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Donates $10,000 to Akwesasne Holiday Helpers

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

On Tsiothóhrha/December 8, 2017 the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Community Partnership Fund donated $10,000 to the Akwesasne Holiday Helpers for this year’s community fundraising event. They are hoping to surpass last year’s efforts that provided a happy holiday season for 1,628 Akwesasne families with a food basket and toys for children. The annual fundraiser took place at the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department’s Station #1. Members of the Holiday Helpers participated in the check presentation, along with (from left) Chief Michael Conners, Sub-Chief Agnes Jacobs, Everett Lazore, Matt Rourke (kneeling), Caroline Peters, Sub-Chief Cheryl Jacobs and Chief Eric Thompson.

Notice of Tower Extension

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is notifying the community that an application has been submitted to the Federal Communication Commission to add 100’ to the existing 200’ Broadband tower located at 2819 County Route 95, for a total height of 300'. The tower provides local channels and wireless services to the community. Any persons requesting information or having concerns with the application are asked to contact the Tribe's Broadband Department at (518)358-2105 or send written correspondence to:

SRMT Broadband Services
447 Frogtown Road, Suite 208
Akwesasne NY 13655


Cap in Effect After January 23, 2015

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is notifying the community that after January 23, 2015, community members’ fines for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) car seizures at any CBSA port will no longer be paid for by MCA.

Since September of 2009, MCA has paid the $1000 and up fines for Akwesasne community members who had their vehicle seized for the first time by CBSA.  Over the past 5 years, MCA has paid $313,868 toward these fines.

On December 9, 2014, Council passed MCR 2014/2015 - #271 stating that these penalities will no longer paid by MCA as of 45 days of the MCR date. 

Community members travelling through the CBSA port after January 23, 2014 will be responsible for any fines incurred.

If  you have any questions related to CBSA vehicle seizures please contact MCA’s Community Advocate Wesley Benedict at 613-575-2250 Ext. 1031.

Tourism Directly Impacting Community Organizations

How the Room Occupancy Fee Is Spent

  Akwesasne, NY - There is a cascade of giving during the holiday season, and the Room Occupancy Fee from gaming tourism is delivering transportation and an unprecedented contribution towards vocational education. The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort began collecting the $10.00 fee earlier this year. Collectively, the hotel fees average $68,000 per month in revenue. The Room Occupancy Fee ordinance is intended to provide support for education, recreation and tourism programs for community members.

The Government of Québec announces the signing of a political memorandum of understanding with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and financial assistance of more than $723 000 for the community

MCA & QUEBEC POLITICAL MOU - Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and Quebec officials formally signed a political memorandum of understanding today, December 15, 2014. Left to right: MCA District Chief Larry King (Kana:taken District), District Chief Karen Loran (Tsi Snaihne District), Grand Chief Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell, Quebec Minister responsible for Native Affairs Geoffrey Kelley, Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon Stephane Billette, District Chief April Adams-Phillips (Tsi Snaihne District) and District Chief Joe Lazore (Tsi Snaihne District).