Long before Europeans came to North America, the Mohawks lived and thrived on the land that now forms the border between northern New York and Canada. That border now splits the Mohawk Nation territory of Akwesasne in two.
The northern border significantly complicates life by creating multiple layers of government in what should be a unified, sovereign homeland for the Mohawks.
Some Mohawk parents prefer to send their children to the U.S. or Canada for secondary school, while others advocate for a high school at Akwesasne.
The success story of the Mohawk Casino Resort, now one of the jewels of the Akwesasne community, was built on the backbone of failures.
Darryl Lazare Jr. values the freedom of growing up on the Mohawk Nation territory of Akwesasne and loves his family here. But he wants to get out.
The American Legion Post in the heart of the Mohawk Nation territory of Akwesasne serves as more than just a place for veterans.
Veterans, families at the Akwesasne American Legion find community and share their stories.