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Tribal council voices concerns with plan to take over former custom’s building on Cornwall Island

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AKWESASNE – The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Planning Department has been notified of a potential plan by community members to claim ownership of the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) former Port of Entry building on Kawehno:ke/Cornwall Island on Saturday.

“It is not our intent or plan to participate in any demonstration that may prohibit our people from crossing the bridge to travel within our territory. We urge consideration be given to the peace and safety of our people,” a release from the tribal council said.

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe encourages community consultation when we have issues that affect our residents. The Tribe has not been contacted directly by the individual who has stated his intentions to enter the former CBSA building this Saturday, the release added.

The tribe opposes disruption to our community that results in any potential act that may prevent our community members from freely traveling throughout our territory. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Planning Department’s responsibility is to ensure safe passage for emergency vehicles and first responders.

“Our Emergency Planning Department is coordinating with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Emergency Measures staff to ensure the health and safety of our community,” the release noted.

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