Akwesasne Mohawk Tribe

Downstream from Massena is the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation (Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne), because of their location downstream and downwind from the dump sites, they were unjustly and disproportionately affected by the the PCB contamination.


How A New York Native American Community Was Polluted For Decades

by Tola Brennan

When General Motors came to the North Country, it was greeted as a savior, bringing much needed jobs to economically depressed upstate New York.  What happened was one of the worst cases of industrial pollution in the country. The Massena,NY, factory would join Love Canal as one of the most contaminated places in the country.  Read Full Article

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division

Mission: To assist the SRMT community in preserving, sustaining, protecting and enhancing the environment for future generations.

Largely due to the fact that the Saint Regis Mohawk Reservation is situated next to a Superfund site highly contaminated with toxic chemicals, this Tribe has one of the most advanced environment divisions of any tribe in the country.

Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment

The Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment (ATFE), a community based, grass-roots organization, was formed in 1987 to address the environmental problems facing the Mohawk Nation community of Akwesasne.


SRMT and SUNY Albany Partnership

The Mohawk Tribe has partnered with SUNY Albany for decades researching health effects from exposure to PCBs.

Health Disparities and Toxicant Exposure of Akwesasne Mohawk Young Adults: A Partnership Approach to Research

In this article we describe a research partnership between the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation and scientists at the University at Albany, State University of New York, initiated to address community and scientific concerns regarding environmental contamination and its health consequences (thyroid hormone function, social adjustment, and school functioning).

Diabetes in Native Americans: Elevated risk as a result of exposure to polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) by David Orlo Carpenter

Serum concentrations of persistent organic pollutants and the metabolic syndrome in Akwesasne Mohawks, a Native American community by David Orlo Carpenter

The metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a group of diseases that tend to occur together, including diabetes, hypertension, central obesity, cardiovascular disease and hyperlipidemia. Exposure to persistent organic pollutants (POPs) such as polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and organochlorine pesticides (OCPs) has been associated with increased risk of development of several of the components of the MetS.