The Mohawk nation at Akwesasne (St. Regis Reserve) has an area of 28,000 acres and a population of 8,500. It is ten miles from Massena, New York, and straddles the border of the United States and Canada. The total Mohawk population is 24,000, located in several communities. The Mohawk are one of the six member nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, commonly known as the Iroquois or Six Nations. The member nations of the Haudenosaunee are sovereign. The Six Nations issue passports, compete as a nation in the World Lacrosse Championships, and have a traditional governmental system that predates the arrival of Europeans, yet no treaty ceding independence has been signed with the United Stated or Canada.

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