MCA could ex­pand re­serve lands by over 18,000 acres with new Dundee set­tle­ment

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AK­WE­SASNE - The Mo­hawk Coun­cil of Ak­we­sasne (MCA) an­nounced that they have passed a res­o­lu­tion on the pro­posed Tsikaris­tis­ere/ Dundee Claim Set­tle­ment Agree­ment-in-prin­ci­ple.

The set­tle­ment will now be pre­sented to the com­mu­nity at large for ap­proval.

As a part of the set­tle­ment, the MCA has the op­por­tu­nity to ex­pand its lands by 18,282 acres in ac­cor­dance with the Ad­di­tions to Re­serve pol­icy. All ac­quired lands will be bought from will­ing sellers in On­tario and Que­bec.

“I would like to com­mend the ef­forts of past and cur­rent MCA ne­go­ti­a­tion team mem­bers,” said MCA Grand Chief Abram Benedict. “For nearly 40 years, this hard work and ded­i­ca­tion has led to the suc­cess­ful con­clu­sion of ne­go­ti­a­tions be­tween the MCA and Canada. As we go forth, we are look­ing for­ward to the com­mu­nity’s in­volve­ment in de­ter­min­ing the ap­proval of the set­tle­ment.”

The MCA pre­sented their claim to the fed­eral gov­ern­ment in 1981 un­der the Spe­cific Claims Pol­icy. In April 2015, the Gov­ern­ment of Canada made a global set­tle­ment of­fer of $239,808,436.

The MCA will be hold­ing in­for­ma­tion ses­sions around the his­tory of the Dundee land claim be­fore the set­tle­ment is voted on by the com­mu­nity in a ref­er­en­dum.

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