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 Strategic Energy Plan

 In an effort to continue the work in the area of sustainability in construction and maintenance of affordable housing, the Akwesasne Housing Authority (AHA), in partnership with the US Department of Energy’s Tribal Energy Program co-sponsored a special 3-day work sessions on Tribal Strategic Energy Planning, Monday, January 26th to Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at the Seminole Hard Rock Resort in Hollywood, Florida.

Energy Planning

These sessions were specific to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and a necessary step in the AHA’s pursuit for Technical Assistance funding from the Department of Energy and utilizing all available resources in order to adopt principles and standards for green and sustainability in carrying out its mission.  This will ensure continued responsible construction and “green” priority planning for all AHA’s and the Tribe’s future projects and services on behalf of our community. 

 Participation from tribal departments was critical in order to successfully implement community-wide efforts to increase energy efficiency, sustainability in construction, and conservation of our natural resources.  The AHA needed assistance in these efforts in order to continue developing our projects and services. The energy vision impacts all of our budgets and resources in one way or the other. Attendance at this meeting was a vital part of our community’s strategic energy plan.

 This energy plan could provide inroads to necessary funding dollars through the US Department of Energy.  With the tribal projects on the horizon it is this level of planning that the DOE requires in order to become eligible for funding through their agency.

In this three days of intensive work sessions, participants were invited to help weave a complete picture of how strategic energy development should support, advance and positively impact the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and its members. The work sessions moved the conversation to a broad 10 year scope, with participants voicing what they see in place in ten years that will provide the motivation and invite members and leaders to get involved in the effort. 

 “Participants were asked to describe their desired future that would be achieved through the work of the Akwesasne Housing Authority in its energy efforts.  It is this long range plan that inspires and motivates progress over time.  If energy development is done responsibly and successfully over time, what will be in place serving Akwesasne will make participants, community members and other stakeholders feel proud of their energy development and the work involved to get there”.  ~Indigenous Collaboration, Inc.

 The three day working sessions were scheduled with the first day focusing on the history of Akwesasne. The second day the groups worked on the vision for 2025. The third day tied it all together by discussing how to get the energy vision going in the next two years.

The brainstorming sessions created a collaborative consensus of what we see as our vision in energy for the year 2025, 10 year future plan.

The Vision for 2025

 1)  Towards responsive structures that meet our community needs.

Community wide ownership fosters accountability for traditionally held principles of sustainable development that conserves families’ economic resources. Modern Utility services that assure health and safety for all.


2)  Towards being the community we want to be.

Our development demonstrates our values for healthy, affordable and energy efficient communities.


3)  Towards energy independence.

Unified international systems and authorities are compatible, managed efficiently and self-supporting. Energy independence and self-reliance through energy production and control.

 Discussion for the Strategies in 2015-2016 will be potential actions that could be taken in the next two years to launch the AHA/Tribe Energy Vision.

 1)   Demonstrating the green future we’re pursuing by initiating an energy audit.


2)   Prioritizing energy to be included in all projects and ventures by developing a strategic energy plan and engaging all tribal departments,


3)   Revisiting and updating studies to launch sustainable energy initiatives by developing ordinances that support energy initiatives.


4)   Focusing communication to create an interest for GREEN by promoting energy awareness to community, implementing a GREEN campaign.


5)   Designating responsibility to promote energy initiatives by establishing an energy development committee and creating an energy authority board.

Energy development is a long-term effort that requires the coordinated, persistent investment of many, over time, to pave the way for community readiness, allocation and use of assets and resources.  

 The collective support and involvement of everyone: Tribe, Tribal Leadership, Tribal programs and Tribal members who support and get behind the work until the work is done and is in place and in service to the community.


We would like to thank the facilitators of the Energy Planning Workshop: Leslie and Paul Kabotie, Indigenous Collaborators and Technical Assistance grant from Office of Indian Energy: Sandra Begay-Campbell, Technician from Sandia Labs, DOE and Sarai Geary, Program Manager, Office of Indian Energy and Programs, DOE.

Akwesasne Mohawk Veteran

Completes First On-Territory

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

 North American Direct Loan Closing

Dennis Phillips Signing

Dennis Phillips

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Home Performance with Energy Star Program Available in Akwesasne

Save hundreds with NYSERDA’s Home Performance with energy star program!

save even more each year by cutting energy waste

NYSERDA 2014                                 ANCA 2014

In partnership with NYSERDA (New York State Energy Research and Development Authority), and the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) the Akwesasne Housing Authority (AHA) can offer energy savings opportunities under the NYSERDA’s Home Performance with Energy Star Program to interested homeowners.

  • Free or Reduced Home Energy Assessment

  • Energy Upgrades

  • 50% Assisted Subsidy

  • Special Financing Options Available

ANCA is working with NYSERDA to implement its Green Jobs – Green New York (GJGNY) Program which provides New Yorkers with access to comprehensive home energy assessments, installation services, and low cost financing for energy upgrades. 

For more information on Green Jobs Green New York or NYSERDA visit online at www.nyserda.ny.gov/home-performance or contact the AHA.

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MEPA Notice

Akwesasne Mohawk Veteran First On-Territory VA Housing Loan Approval

Akwesasne, NY – Mr. Dennis Phillips, a Marine Corps veteran, became the first Native American veteran in Akwesasne to sign for a home loan through the US Department of Veterans Affairs Native American Direct Loan (NADL) Program on Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at the Akwesasne Housing Authority administration building.  Mr. Phillips remarked, “It feels pretty good“, as he penned his signature on the home loan agreement that will begin the process of financing the construction of his single family home.  He will build his home on his family’s property within the territory of Akwesasne as soon as his agreement is submitted back to the VA. (Read More...)

Construction Update

Construction Update 10/20/2014

Veterans Day and Remembrance Day

November 11, 2014

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Akwesasne Housing Authority (AHA) is a Tribally Designated Housing Entity created by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council Inc, on July 19, 1984.

The mission of the Akwesasne Housing Authority and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is to develop a comprehensive housing program that will address the needs of all Mohawks living on and around our designated Indian area.  We will seek to generate and promote community strength and prosperity through safe housing, supportive ventures, economic development, and program efficiency.  In the spirit of this mission, we will strive to protect and educate our future generations. 

Akwesasne Housing Authority
378 State Route 37 Suite A
Hogansburg, NY 13655
Phone: 518-358-9020
Fax: 518-358-2958

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