Akwesasne Residency Law – Amendment

The Mohawks of Akwesasne enacted a Residency Law in 1986 as a By-Law under the Indian Act, which was later amended and disallowed in 1997. The amendment to the Akwesasne Residency Law provided greater clarity in procedures related to residency matters, and is the Community Law in force presently in Akwesasne. The Akwesasne Residency Law is meant to control the residency of non-Members of the Mohawks of Akwesasne wishing to reside on the Akwesasne Mohawk Territory.

In administering the law for two-decades the Akwesasne community and Mohawk Council of Akwesasne administration have identified a need to amend the Akwesasne Residency Law.

The Akwesasne Legislative Commission did select the amendment of the Akwesasne Residency Law as a priority for 2019. This law is currently being amended according to the amendment provisions contained within that law. Once a draft amendment to the law has been developed, the document will be brought to the community for consultation to request feedback on the contents of the law.