The Akwesasne Tekaia’torehtha:ke (Akwesasne Court) is an inherent right court enacted by the Akwesasne community under the Akwesasne Tekaia’torehtha: ke Kaianerenhsera (Akwesasne Court Law). The Akwesasne Tekaia’torehtha:ke, (Akwesasne Court) is seeking applications from qualified candidates to fulfill the duties of Raontiwennakara’:tats (Prosecutor).

In general terms, the Raontiwennakara’:tats (They speak for the People) includes review of court docket and accompanying court files, preparing for and conducting trials, negotiating, assisting in the revisions required to the Standard Operating Procedures of the Court and acting as the Prosecutor for the Akwesasne Court during the regularly scheduled session of the Akwesasne Court.

To qualify for appointment as the Raontiwennakara’:tats for the Akwesasne Court a person must:
a) be twenty five (25) years of age or older;
b) be a person of good standing in the community;
c) have related post-secondary education or work experience in the field of advocacy;
d) not be an elected member of any political body within the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) or Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council (SRMT) or a representative under the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs (MNCC);
e) not be a member of any board, commission or tribunal in Akwesasne; and
f) not have ever been convicted of:

  • an offense under the Akwesasne Banishment Law, the Akwesasne Drug Law, an Akwesasne Law related to the environment;
  • of an indictable offense in Canada, except for those indicatable offenses pertaining to preservation of community or native rights; or
  • a felony in the United States, except for those felonies pertaining to preservation of community or native rights;

g) must follow the principles and values set out within the Akwesasne Court Law.

Deadline to apply: Friday, March 6 at 4:00 PM

All interested applicants must submit a resume and cover letter, outlining your qualification and interest to rosebud.cook@akwesasne.ca or by dropping off your application at the Akwesasne Justice Building to attention of; Rosebud Cook, Paralegal.