Akwesasne, NY - The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe welcomed a gathering of business and government leaders from Franklin and St. Lawrence counties and the surrounding area to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort last evening for a Business After Hours event co-hosted by the Malone Chamber of Commerce.
While the focus of the evening was networking and casual conversation among those in attendance, the topic of resolution of a series of issues related to the Tribe's boundary drew much attention.
"Our surrounding counties are very important to our Tribe, as both a business and as a government," said Chief Ron LaFrance. "The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council remains committed to a negotiated settlement that would benefit both the Mohawk people and our neighbors."
The Tribe would like to see the terms of a 2005 settlement agreement between the Tribe, New York State, Franklin County and St. Lawrence County enacted. The agreement would permit the Tribe to acquire, only from willing sellers, certain identified lands in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties and return them to the Tribe's territory. In exchange, the local communities would receive substantial benefits, which LaFrance outlined for those at last night's event.