Milestone Memorandum For Indigenous Students

Seskéha/August 30, 2016

(left to right): Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College;
SUNY Potsdam President Kristin Esterberg;
Grand Chief Abram Benedict

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) has partnered with the State University of New York at Potsdam (SUNY) and St. Lawrence College (SLC) to begin a unique cross-border agreement. Students will need to first successfully obtain their General Arts and Sciences diploma conferred by St. Lawrence College and delivered by Iohahi:io in Akwesasne. Afterwards, this partnership will facilitate the transfer of Mohawk Students to SUNY Potsdam as Juniors where they will receive a Bachelor of Arts in the Archeological Studies program, when they conclude their Undergraduate education.

“SUNY Potsdam is proud to partner with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and St. Lawrence College on this exciting initiative,” comments SUNY Potsdam President Kristin Esterberg. “Our archeological studies program is unique, and our faculty and students regularly conduct field work researching the history of indigenous peoples in our region and beyond. Through this partnership, we hope to prepare students to become leaders in this field.” 

Grand Chief Abram Benedict of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, indicates that there is a need for archeological specialists in this region “as the St. Lawrence Seaway holds centuries of shared history.” Residents of Akwesasne will be trained for an interdisciplinary and in-demand career.    

“This agreement will provide a seamless transfer opportunity to help students get prepared for rewarding careers as archeologists. We are pleased to be able to offer this with our partners at the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and SUNY Potsdam, it is a truly unique dual credential offering that goes across borders,” said Glenn Vollebregt, President and CEO, St. Lawrence College.