St. Regis Mohawk Tribe blasts NY Times story on drugs

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is demanding an apology from The New York Times for the newspaper's story about drug trafficking in Indian Country.

The tribe was prominently featured in a story about the use of the Akwesesane Reservation on the U.S.-Canadian border for drug running. The Times wrote about a tribal member charged with trafficking and attempts by the tribe to combat the problem with limited resources.

The tribe says the story inaccurately portrayed the reservation as a haven for drugs. "It seems like anybody who is apprehended throughout the region with drugs always pinpoints it back to our community," a spokesperson told WTTI-TV, NewsWatch50.

The tribe also says it deserves an apology from The Watertown Daily Times, an area newspaper, for reprinting the story and publishing an editorial calling for state jurisdiction on the reservation.

Get the Story:
St. Regis Tribe takes on the two "Times" (WWTI 2/27)

Tribal Statement:
St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council: An apology is due from The New York Times (Indian Country Today 2/24)

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