May 5, 2019 - We spent Tuesday afternoon with Cecil out on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in the Hogansburg, New York area - about 10 miles East of Massena. It is also known by its Mohawk name, Akwesasne. The population was 3,288 at the 2010 census. The reservation contains the community of St. Regis and borders the community of Hogansburg in the town of Bombay. The Mohawk are one of the original Five Nations of the Iroquois, historically based in present-day New York. They were located chiefly in the Mohawk Valley and were known as the "Keepers of the Eastern Door", prepared to defend the Iroquoian territory against other tribes located to the east of the Hudson River. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and the Mohawk people view the reservation as a sovereign nation. It shares jurisdiction with the state of New York and the United States.
Cecil and his wife Barbara are some of the original members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in this area. The first Branch was established in the Hogansburg area. They have been stalwart leaders of the branch for years. Cecil is a full blooded Mohawk and knows EVERYBODY on the reservation!!! We are grateful to him for his great help.
Another week in Paradise...spring is here and we are loving it. (Although, it has rained quite a bit – we love the warmer temperatures and that everything is starting to turn green.) We love working with the humble members of our little Massena Branch. We hope all is well for all of you.