Tribal Chief Eric Tehoroniathe Thompson
The defense of sovereignty of Native people as it relates to international policy and tribal relationships with federal and state governments is of utmost importance to Tribal Chief Eric Thompson, Tehoroniathe (Bright Sky). Now in his second term as an elected member of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council, he continues to be driven by the decision to step into leadership to preserve the Mohawk language, culture and sovereignty in his community of Akwesasne. His expertise is in research and public policy as it relates to treaty rights, specifically as it pertains to taxation in Indian Country, hunting and fishing, border crossing and land claims. Tribal Chief Thompson has committed his tenure in office to re-engaging in lobbying efforts on both the state and federal level for the purpose of impacting land claims, border crossing and increased access to educational funding for Native communities. Environmental remediation concerns are a priority for Council and they continue to work with the Environmental Protection Agency, fighting for remediation, increased monitoring and removal of industrial waste surrounding the territory, which has, for decades, contributed to chronic illness within the community of Akwesasne. Healthcare issues, including addiction, are on the forefront of Tribal Council priorities. Education, prevention and access to rehabilitation are vital resources and Tribal Chief Thompson believes it is imperative to ensure Health Services has sustained financial support. From an environmental perspective, lobbying efforts with both the EPA and federal government are critical to achieving long-term health and wellness of the community.
Tribal Chief Thompson has championed the development of a Tribal agriculture program. In its first phase, the program will integrate traditional horticulture and innovative cutting edge growing techniques to promote career training, cultural restoration, and economic development.
Tribal Chief Thompson graduated from the Albany Law School of Union University in 1999 where he simultaneously completed studies through the Tulane/Albany International Law Program at McGill University in Montreal. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Public Justice from the State University of New York at Oswego. In his community, he serves on the Tewathahonni Corporation as Vice Chair, and the representative for the Tribe on the Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Commission. Tribal Chief Thompson resides in Akwesasne, where he and his companion, Tammy, raise their three children, each fluent in the Mohawk language.
Tribal Sub-Chief July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015
Tribal Chief July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2018
Tribal Chief July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2021