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Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) is pleased to announce that CARES Act funds will be used to offer additional disaster relief support for tribal households and Akwesasne businesses. The decision to extend the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Household Disaster Relief Program and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Small Business Disaster Relief Program was made to help individuals during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognize that these are uncertain times for our community due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, but one thing that shouldn’t be uncertain is how we are all going to get through this together,” noted Tribal Chief Eric Thompson about the decision to extend the relief programs.

Head of tribal households will receive a letter and application from the Tribe’s Compliance Department asking for confirmation of required assistance needed. Individuals will have two-weeks to complete and return their application by mail, or in-person at 28 Okwarine Road.

“The coronavirus is a collective crisis, and the only way our community will get through this difficult time is with collective support and collaboration—from individual tribal households and businesses,” shared Tribal Chief Beverly Cook, as financial support will also be provided to local businesses once more through the Small Business Relief Program.

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To be eligible, tribal businesses needed to be in operation for at least a year prior to the pandemic, owned by an enrolled tribal member, and physically located within the southern portion of Akwesasne.

For any questions about the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe COVID-19 Small Business Disaster Relief Program, please contact James Lazore or Edward Smoke at (518) 358-2835 or by email at

“The pandemic has been stressful for many of our community’s families and individuals,” concluded Tribal Chief Michael Conners. Chief Conners added, “As we come into the winter season, we offer our continued support to households and businesses to ensure everyone is safe and healthy during this difficult time.”

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is the duly elected and federally recognized government of the Saint Regis Mohawk People.

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