Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Adopts 10-Year Strategic Plan
AKWESASNE —The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has adopted a ten-year Strategic Plan, titled “Working Together Today to Build a Better Tomorrow,” through Tribal Council Resolution (2016-94). The Strategic Plan identifies the main areas of future direction to help the organization meet the increasing needs of the Akwesasne community for the next decade. It also serves as a tool for community members, external organizations and funding agencies to better understand the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for what it is today. Effective January 1, 2017 the Strategic Plan is being utilized to better align and coordinate efforts across the entire tribal organization.
While formally adopted by Tribal Council Resolution on Tsiothóhrha/December 22, 2016, the TCR notes that the Strategic Plan was developed after “...receiving feedback from community focus groups, monthly meetings, and engagement with the management staff in the various tribal components.”Previous strategic planning efforts and the SRMT’s 2009 Comprehensive Community Development Plan also informed this process.
It sets out a shared vision for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and it describes the mission that will be pursued to fulfil that vision.
SRMT Vision Statement: A healthy and prosperous Mohawk environment where every member has the opportunity to succeed at home and in the global community.
SRMT Mission Statement: The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is an accountable government and professional organization that benefits the community by:
- Building the path through which community development can be fully realized now and in the future;
- Exercising tribal sovereignty and all the tools of government;
- Developing capacity as a service delivery organization; and
- Engaging in collaborative partnerships that expand its impact.
The Strategic Plan describes the SRMT in six component parts; the Tribal Council; Independent Officials [Chief Judge, Tribal Clerk, Ethics Officer], Program and Service Divisions, Oversight Bodies, Government Support Services and Tribal Enterprises.
“The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has grown considerably in the past two decades and, as a result, we need to work together and better coordinate our efforts to ensure that we enhance our effectiveness as a tribal organization. Our approved Strategic Plan embodies our efforts to ensure the best use of funds, better collaboration between programs and alignment between the Tribe’s may components,” said Tribal Chief Beverly Cook.
This long term focus of the Tribe is further described in the five Core Strategic Directions that the Tribe will focus on over the next ten years:
- Enhancing the effectiveness of tribal government;
- Continuing to develop a professional program and service delivery organization;
- Planning program and service growth on our own terms;
- Supporting a sustainable revenue generation capacity; and
- Engaging in collaborative community development.
“Members don’t have to look far to see proof that the SRMT was already doing and continues to do very good work over the recent past, such as the many new social services and tribal enterprises that did not exist even just a few years ago,” explained Chief Cook. “The Strategic Plan pulls it all together and puts everything into a written form to help us make sure we are all aware of where we are going and that we all continue pulling in the same direction,” she added.
The five core strategic directions are deliberately broad enough so that the diverse parts of the increasingly complex Tribal organization can be informed by and contribute to their achievement. As the Tribe works to carefully and consistently implement the Strategic Plan throughout the entire organization all of the various units that fall under the six components are developing more detailed, three, five and ten-year plans that will put action to the Tribe’s mission. The Tribal Council has committed to undertaking a comprehensive review and renewal of the Strategic Plan every three (years) to ensure the objectives identified in the strategic document are being met.
“As our entire tribal organization continues to learn from past practices and creates best practices our community benefits. Leadership at all levels of the tribal organization will turn to the Strategic Plan to assist them in making decisions over the next 10 years. Our limited tribal resources will be prioritized for projects and services that align with our five core strategic directions,” stated Executive Director Tsiorasa Barreiro.
The Tribe started rolling out the 2017-2027 SRMT Strategic Plan to the public in early Tsiothorkó:wa/January 7, 2017 by introducing it at its Monthly Tribal Meeting where bound copies were available to tribal members.
To learn more about Working Together Today to Build a Better Tomorrow – SRMT Strategic Plan 2017-2027, you may download the full Strategic Plan from the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s website at www.srmt-nsn.gov.
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The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is the duly elected and federally recognized government of the Saint Regis Mohawk People. Posted: February 15, 2017