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The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is the duly elected and recognized government of the Mohawk people. Both New York State and the United States deal exclusively with the Tribal Council Chiefs in a government-to-government relationship.
The Tribal Council is comprised of three Chiefs, three Sub-Chiefs (who are similar in function to vice-presidents) and a Tribal Clerk. Tribal elections are held each year on the first Saturday of June to choose one Chief and one Sub-Chief for a three-year term. The Tribal Clerk is chosen every third year.
The Tribal Council Chiefs are responsible for setting policy and making major decisions on behalf of the Tribe. They oversee the operation of the tribal government and assure that quality programs and services are made available to the Mohawk people. More specifically, the Chiefs review and approve grants, contracts, new programs and the day-to-day business of the Tribe. They settle reservation land disputes, assist tribal members with administrative and governmental problems and preside over monthly tribal meetings. The Sub-Chiefs receive their authority from the Chiefs. If the Chiefs are unable to fulfill their duties or are incapacitated, a Sub-Chief may also be called upon to substitute at a meeting, function, etc., for a Chief who has other commitments.
A portfolio holder system was established for each Chief and Sub-Chief to oversee programs they are responsible for. One Chief holds the Chairperson positions to each program.
Chief Randy Hart - Term 2010 to 2013
Chief Ron Lafrance Jr. - Term 2011 to 2014
Chief Paul O. Thompson - Term 2012 to 2015
Sub-Chief Shelley Jacobs - Term 2010 to 2013
Sub-Chief Michael L. Conners - Term 2011 to 2014
Sub-Chief Eric Thompson - Term 2012 to 2015