Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Launches Historical Marker Project
Sep 20, 2018
Seeks Community Input on Historical and Cultural Sites
AKWESASNE — Historians, archaeologists and other academic scholars have long known of the Kanien'kehá:ka (Mohawk People) residing in their traditional homelands for thousands of years. In fact, there is a strong Mohawk history in the New York State’s eastern portion prior to European colonization; with many lakes, towns, valleys and other locations noting a Mohawk presence. Now; thanks to $6,000 in financial support from the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal General Fund; travelers will soon be able to enjoy visiting, reading and learning about this Native American history through a new historical marker project.
“While traveling throughout New York, you will notice ubiquitous blue and white signs that mark a location of historical importance to the State; such as the site of battlegrounds and birthplaces, or to commemorate the site of an important meeting or event,” shared Tribal Chief Eric Thompson. Chief Thompson noted however, “What is glaringly obvious is the lack of similar markers that also share information on the Native peoples that continue to occupy this region of the State and our collective history as Mohawk Peoples.”
In response, the Tribal Historic Preservation Office is helping coordinate research for the development of a historical signage project that aims to place markers throughout Mohawk traditional homelands — in areas that are significant to the history and heritage of the Kanien'kehá:ka. The goal of historical marker project is two-fold; one, to educate the general public and tourists on Mohawk history throughout New York State; and two, to raise the consciousness of people when viewing these historic sites firsthand and understanding why they are important to the Mohawk People.
“This is a much-needed project that will help share information on sites that have historical and cultural importance to our people,” said Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Arnold Printup. Printup added, “It will start with the placement of two historical markers; but will be part of a larger effort by Akwesasne Mohawks to preserve, document and record other locations that have significance to us as Mohawk People — both within Akwesasne and throughout our traditional territory located in New York State.”
Anyone interested in submitting suggestions and information can do so by contacting Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Arnold Printup during normal business hours at (518) 358-2272 extension 2163.
PHOTO CAPTION: Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Historic Preservation Officer Arnold Printup is seeking the assistance of Mohawk historians to document and record locations of historical and cultural significance to the Mohawk People throughout New York State.
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The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is the duly elected and federally recognized government of the Saint Regis Mohawk People.