It is with a heavy heart that the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has learned of the passing of Grand Chief Joseph Norton from our sister community of Kahnawà:ke. Joseph Norton peacefully entered into the spirit world surrounded by his family and loved ones on August 14, 2020.

Joseph Norton was first elected into office in 1978. In 1982, at the age of 32, he became Grand Chief for the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke and remained in this honoured position until he retired from office in 2004. In 2015, Joseph served as the Grand Chief once again, and was re-elected in 2018.

Throughout his years on Council, Grand Chief Norton regularly collaborated with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne on various issues that affect both our communities. Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Grand Chief Abram Benedict noted, “The Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke has lost an incredible leader in Grand Chief Norton, and Akwesasne is saddened by the loss. We will miss working with Joe and value all the knowledge he brought to the table. Our thoughts are with Kahnawà:ke, and especially with his family and friends during this difficult time.”