Former Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Michael K. Mitchell, to Visit UA Campus

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne confronts unique issues as a Native Nation in the U.S. and Canada

Tucson, AZ, March 23, 2017:


Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell
, former Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, will be visiting the University of Arizona campus for a free, public lecture on his upcoming Native Nation-building book. Mitchell will also discuss some of the unique challenges his nation has faced in the context of historical and contemporary border and sovereignty challenges. The talk will take place in the Harvill building, room 150 on Thursday, April 6, 2017 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

As Indigenous peoples garner national attention asserting their cultural rights and their sovereign status, the visit by Mitchell will prove timely.

Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell is a Wolf-clan member from the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne. The Mohawk are members of the Haudenosaunee, or Iroquois Confederacy. The Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne straddles the international border between the U.S. and Canada along the St. Lawrence Seaway, spanning portions of two New York state counties (Franklin and St. Lawrence) and two Canadian provinces (Ontario and Quebec).

For 30 years, former Grand Chief Mitchell has served in a political capacity in his community, one of the most volatile and progressive communities in Canada. During his tenure as Grand Chief, he gave his people not only pride in their culture, but the confidence to begin to act and think as a self-governing nation by opting out of the Indian Act in elections, membership, and education. His vision is to help restore the independence of the Mohawk people ofAkwesasnethrough an aggressive economical campaign and the development of a strong government based on the best of both theHaudenosauneetraditional government and the governments of the world at large.

As native people in the U.S. and Canada fight to maintain and assert their sovereignty over the right to govern and make timely decisions that affect their people, Former Grand Chief Mitchell will share how the uniquely located Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has addressed challenges to their sovereignty at this lecture.

To see more of Mitchell watch the Indigenous Governance Database videos here: http://nnigovernance.arizona.edu/people/michael-k-mitchell

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