St. Regis Mohawks to meet with other tribes to discuss forming coalition of Native border communities
Wednesday, July 12, 2017 - 2:42 pm

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will join with the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho for a "Northern Tribal Border Summit" for tribal leaders.

It will be Aug. 20-21, at Shakopee’s Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Shakopee, Minnesota.

The summit is for leaders of tribal governments and First Nations communities located on or near the U.S.-Canada border to discuss border-crossing and related issues, including:

• challenges of northern border crossing for tribal citizens and members;

• Trump and Trudeau administration U.S. northern border policies;

• enhanced tribal cards and strategies for improving border access; and

• forming a Northern Tribal Border Alliance.

Rep. Kevin Cramer, the co-chair of the House of Representatives Northern Border Caucus, will be the lunch keynote speaker. Also presenting will be representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Customs and Border Protection, as well as the Assembly of First Nations.

“There are many aspects of our border crossing that are unique,” SRMT Chief Beverly Cook said in a prepared statement. “From the handling of cultural and sacred items to the use of our tribal identification cards.”

“This is an important opportunity for northern border tribes and First Nations communities to come together in an effort to work collaboratively regarding our shared experience with border issues in the United States and Canada,” SRMT Chief Eric Thompson said in the news release announcing the event.

There will be welcoming reception the evening of Sunday, Aug. 20. The summit will be Monday, Aug. 21. There is no fee to attend, but participation is limited to officials and staff of federally recognized tribes located on or near the U.S.-Canada border and their attorneys or professional advocates.