Committees, Commissions, Boards & Tribunals
Akwesasne Housing Authority
378 State Route 37, Suite A, Akwesasne
Mailing: P.O. Box 540, Akwesasne, NY 13655
Weekdays, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., closed for lunch
Mission: To develop a comprehensive housing program that will address the needs of all Mohawks living on and around our designated Indian area by promoting strength and prosperity through safe and affordable housing.
The AHA operates several programs for the benefit of low-income tribal members and their families through a block grant program provided by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. AHA programs and services are administered through legislation known as NAHASDA (Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act), and are governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners consisting of tribal members. AHA provides homeownership and rental opportunities as well as assistance with counseling and training relevant to housing programs benefiting eligible families. The AHA is highly involved in community events and operates micro-programming including sponsoring a volunteer income tax preparation site known as VITA, an employee-driven community fund, and partnering with other tribal agencies to plan and coordinate community facilities and infrastructure projects. The AHA is also a sponsoring agency of the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club, Akwesasne Charter.
Akwesasne Revolving Loan Fund
Community Building, Office of Economic Development
Weekdays, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
Mission: To promote economic self-sufficiency through the provision of training, technical assistance and financing designed to support the development of new and expanded businesses, which shall support a strengthened and diversified economy, while creating new employment opportunities.
The ARLF was established to help support the Akwesasne business community, create a diversified economy and generate new employment opportunities. New and existing businesses may apply to the ARLF. The business must be 51% Native owned by a registered member of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (over the age of 18) and must be located on the Southern portion of Akwesasne (U.S. side). Existing businesses must have fewer than 50 employees and annual gross revenues of less than one million ($1,000,000) to qualify.
The loan can be used to acquire real property, construction and rehabilitation, equipment and other machinery purchases, inventory and working capital. All proposed projects must be in compliance with Tribal codes and zoning. Loan proceeds may not be used to perform debt consolidation or for housing purposes. Other ineligible uses would be for activities which consist solely of housing or which include housing as a predominant component, production of agricultural products, comprehensive area wide type planning, programs operated by cable TV systems, projects dependent on other funding unless a firm commitment of other funding exists.
This loan fund supports requests from $1,000 up to $10,000. Larger amounts may be subject to additional documentation credit and collateral requirements. Loans must be repaid in five years or less.Akwesasne Revolving Loan Fund Application (pdf)
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and Mohawk Bingo Palace provide support for a fund that provides financial assistance to non-profit organizations and individuals. Priority is given to projects, programs and families in need that promote physical, mental, spiritual and cultural growth.
Election Board members are appointed by Tribal Council for a term of 3 years. To serve on the Election Board, members must meet the criteria of an eligible voter.
The Election Board members ensure, direct and manage the security and integrity of caucus, elections and referendums in accordance with the Election and Referendum Ordinance.
The Tribal Ethics Ordinance is a formal working guideline for the conduct of Tribal business to protect the interests of tribal members and to protect the reputation and integrity of Tribal Government. The Ordinance contains a set of standards and procedures which hold the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Chiefs, Sub-Chiefs and Tribal Clerk accountable to the community.Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Ethics Ordinance - 04-30-2007
The Tribal Ethics Officer receives, reviews and investigates complaints of ethics ordinance violations. If a complaint is found to have merit, the officer will organize a commission to hear the merits, make a determination and is entrusted to impose sanctions when a violation has occurred.
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Governance Committee is associated with reviewing, analyzing, and compiling summaries of all past governing documents including ordinances, resolutions and regulatory acts. This committee develops guidelines for terms of office for Chiefs, Sub-Chiefs and Tribal Clerk and the role that they must follow. Governance is also responsible for creating a code of ethics for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe.
Land Dispute Tribunal
The Land Dispute Tribunal is vested with the authority to and for the sole purpose of settling land disputes which arise on the Akwesasne territory under the jurisdiction of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. The Tribunal possesses the authority to hear all aspects of a land dispute case. This may include receiving written or oral testimony and receiving document submissions. The Tribunal is also authorized to develop other rules and regulations as necessary to ensure proper implementation of the Land Dispute Resolution Ordinance.
The Tribunal consists of five members and two alternates appointed by Tribal Council.
Membership & Residency Committee
The Membership & Residency Committee determines guidelines, policy and procedures for Tribal membership and residency.
The Police Commission is comprised of five community members who serve for a period of five years. They meet on a monthly basis to hear and respond to reports from the Chief of Police concerning the activities of the force and any community issues that may have developed.
The Commission gives input on the various activities of the department such as recruitment, interviews, suggestions on improvements, and oversight of officers’ concerns. Additionally, the Commission is informed of new directives from State and Federal agencies regarding Tribal Police agencies.
The Commission sets goals for the upcoming year which is a measuring tool for the evaluation of the Police Chief.
Commissioners are Wendy Adams (chair), Robert Cole, Rowena General, Rudy Hart and John Ransom. They will meet on a monthly basis with the first 20 minutes of each meeting open to the public. The public portion of the meeting will include a report by the Chief of Police, review of any policies and procedures and public comment period.
Meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of every month in the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council Executive Boardroom.
Tribal Gaming Commission
873 State Route 37
Mailing: P.O. Box 1119, Akwesasne, NY 13655
Phone: 518-358-2222 ext. 2020
Hours of Operation: 24 hours / 7 days
The Saint Regis Tribal Gaming Commission is responsible for regulatory oversight of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and the Mohawk Bingo Palace. The Gaming Commission is a wholly independent department of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and was created by the Tribal Gaming Ordinance.
The Gaming Commission is comprised of the Licensing, Audit, Gaming Inspectors and Gaming Networks departments.
The Gaming Commission is entrusted to protect the health, welfare and safety of employees and patrons of the Tribe’s gaming enterprises, to develop and implement a means of regulation for the conduct of gaming on tribal lands and to insure the fair and honest operation of such gaming and to minimize the possibility of corruption or illegal practices in conjunction with gaming.