Tribe Receives Deal of the Year Award at Native American Finance Officers Association Annual Conference
Akwesasne Territory - Over the past several years, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has grown into one of the strongest economic drivers in the North Country of New York State, fueled in part by the development of its dynamic Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort. Yet, for more than 30 years, the Tribe has been faced with unresolved issues related to the boundary of its recognized territory.
The Tribe’s focus on developing its economic strength and negotiating a resolution to the boundary issues has been praised by a leading national organization committed to growing tribal economies. The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) presented the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe with NAFOA’s Deal of the Year award at its 32nd annual conference in New Orleans. This was a three tribe award, bestowed upon the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, the Oneida Indian Nation and the Seneca Nation of Indians for their respective agreements with the state of New York. These agreements symbolize a comprehensive rebalance of tribal-state authority and jurisdiction; as was noted by NAFOA’s President, Bill Lomax, who remarked that these deals were “an extremely promising step in the right direction” and “reinforced the sovereignty of tribal nations”.