St. Regis Mohawks celebrate new gathering place

wwny St. Regis Mohawks celebrate new gathering place

ST. REGIS MOHAWK RESERVATION, N.Y. (WWNY) - It’s a day for dancing and singing. A day for celebrating. A day for praying. Everyone gets a look at The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s new administration building.

“It’s just, ‘Wow.’ You know, for the community, it’s just, ‘Wow.’ Seeing the high ceilings and the great space as you walk in, it’s just a wonderful feeling,” said Tsiorasa Barreiro, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe executive director.

It has been talked about for decades. Much of the work was done by Mohawk trades workers. It cost $14 million. Its Mohawk name means: ‘Gathering Place of the People.’

“It was a really arduous task and a long journey. But were just so proud – and relieved – that we’re finally here,” said Barreiro.

The celebration features Native American song and dance. Honor is paid to the late Margaret Terrance. She donated the land. And all the celebrating is about more than just the building.

“We think it’s just a community building. But really, it’s a start to healing for our communities as well,” said Dennis Danforth, honor singer.

The building features spectacular views inside and out. Signs are in English and Mohawk. Family services, meeting rooms, emergency services and more are housed here.

The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino was built there 20 years ago. Since then, the Akwesasne territory has seen steady growth. The administration building is just the latest example of that. And, there’s more to come.

Fundraising is starting for a new home for the Boys & Girls club, now located on Roosevelt Road. It would go behind the new administration building.

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