The United States-Canada border runs through the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, splitting it into two sides governed by three governments: The Canadian recognized government, The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne; the United States recognized government, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council; and the traditional government, The Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs.

“I feel it every time I cross the border,” said Philip George, a member of the Oneida Indian Nation, about the harrassment he faces at the border for his refusal to identify as an American or Canadian citizen. “What is it I’m going to be dealing with today?”

The United States-Canadian border runs through the backyard of Matthew Rourke’s parents’ home on the St Lawrence River.

The United States-Canada border runs through the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, splitting it into two sides governed by three governments: The Canadian recognized government, The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne; the United States recognized government, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council; and the traditional government, The Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs.

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