Tribal Historic Preservation
The THPO office consists of Historic Preservation, Records Management and Language and Cultural Resources.
With perseverance and commitment we can leave to posterity what lives in our people’s hearts and minds, the interpretations of our sacred objects, words spoken in our language and the history of representation for the community…..as evidence of Kanienkeha:ka existence by simply collecting, and conserving.
Tribal Historic Preservation Office
Weekdays: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Phone: 518-358-2272 Ext. 163
Mission: To preserve the historic and cultural heritage of the Akwesasne Mohawk people for the seven generations that will follow in our footsteps.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Historic Preservation Office (THPO) functions under the authority of Section 101(d)(2) of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) and the SRMT THPO. The department is responsible for identification, evaluation, protection, interpretation and historic preservation planning of our Mohawk heritage. NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) is a program under THPO responsible for contacting and documenting Haudenosaunee/Native American human remains, cultural funerary items currently in the possession of museums, historic societies, universities, or which might be excavated or discovered on Federal and some privately owned lands.
M, W, F – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and T, TH – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Phone: 518-358-2272 Ext. 165
Mission: Keep alive the heritage of our culture, faith, and tradition by preserving those historical records having sufficient continuing value to warrant their permanent retention.
The SRMT Records Management Department is the official repository for Tribal records and archives materials related to Tribal operations. Its purposes are to collect, preserve, protect Tribal records, provide adequate and appropriate conditions for the storage, protection, and preservation of records, maintain and dispose of records in a manner that protects any sensitive, proprietary or confidential information or individual privacy rights, and helps conserve natural resources.
The records department operates under the Tribal records policy TCR 2010-29. The department is responsible for maintaining all records of the Tribe, including electronic records. We utilize Hyland Software’s ECM system, OnBase. Our goal is to improve effectiveness and office efficiency, improve documentation of Tribal government activities as well as search and retrieval of Tribal documents, and reduce costs and waste.
The records department is also responsible for the open records policy, TCR 2012-41.
Language and Cultural Resource Department
M, W, F – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and T, TH – 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Phone: 518-358-2272 Ext. 405
Mission: To raise awareness of the need to revitalize our language…while we still have speakers of Kanien’kéha.
The SRMT Language and Cultural Resource Department is responsible for protecting, preserving and maintaining our Kanien’keha language within the Tribal workplace. Instruction is given by means of the Can-8 virtual language program as well as hands on instruction. Also available in the resource room are the Rosetta Stone I & II language learning programs developed and produced by Kanienkeha Onkwawen:na Ratikiohkwa of Kahnawake. Basic Kanien’keha will be used in all matters related to the Tribe by all departments. We promote the use of our Kanienkeha:ka language so staff may become knowledgeable in most aspects of our Mohawk culture, heritage and traditional ways.
The Can 8© program was purchased through the Akwesasne Economic Development Agency (AEDA) and is available for use on six computers in the lab. Instructor led language classes are ongoing and are available to community members, staff and even program participants. Beginner, intermediate and advanced classes are available and are conducted in 12-week intervals, please contact the Cultural Resource Coordinator for more information.
Kanien’keha Entsitewata:ti We Will Speak Mohawk Again