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Mohawks of Akwesasne

The Mohawks of Akwesasne, or “the land where the partridge drums,” is an Indigenous community located along the St. Lawrence River and bordering both Canada and the United States. The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence region has been inhabited by the Kanyen'kehà:ka (Mohawk) for centuries and the Akwesasne have remained strongly connected to the Haudenosaunee and Kanyen'kehà:ka culture.

The Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs is the traditional government at Akwesasne, which includes chiefs, faith keepers, clan mothers and community members who sit with other Haudenosaunee nations on important matters.

As of February 2022, the registered population is 13,114 with the majority of members living on-reserve (10,106). The Mohawks of Akwesasne live on 4739.8 hectares of land south of Cornwall on Kawehnoke (Cornwall Island), several other small islands in the St. Lawrence River, and along the south shore of the St. Lawrence River.

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