"Land where the partridge drums"
The Mohawks of Akwesasne have become accustomed to the media and public attention that is generated over the issues which emanate from our unique geographical location along the St. Lawrence River. Some have called us the most stubborn Native Community in North America, not only for our enduring commitment to our Ancient Mohawk Territories and Resources, but also for the strong positions we maintain over the Aboriginal Rights of our Community and our Kahniakehaka (Mohawk) Nation. On a Community level we persistently battle to maintain the integrity of this Mohawk Community amid external government interference.
Akwesasne borders the countries of Canada and the United States of America; the Canadian Provinces of Ontario and Quebec; and the American State of New York. Despite the apparent difficulties of this multi-jurisdictional location, this Mohawk Community of about 13,000 Peoples, has learned how to maneuver effectively, to make the best that we can of our situation. Despite the negative media coverage concerning the use of some of our People in unrestrained cross-border enterprise, our People have been able to create an honorable, and viable Mohawk society and an strong economic base for its People.
Over the past ten years, dynamic changes have provided this Mohawk Community the opportunity to responsibly manage their Infrastructure, Health and Social Services, Judicial and Law Enforcement System, Environment and Conservation, and Housing and Economic Initiatives.
At a time when the Government of Canada is advocating Partnerships and Native Self-Government, Akwesasne is well on its way, using its own initiative. We are ready to responsibly manage our internal structures, our numerous Human and Natural Resources, and to build a viable Sustainable Economy.
Our People have many gifts, talents, knowledge, experience and expertise in a wide spectrum of fields and interests. We have the will, desire, ability and enthusiasm to work toward a Common Community Vision.
We look to other Nations to see what new relationships and partnerships can be established that will help us both attain our Visions for the Future Generations of our respective Peoples.