Working with Seven Generations into the Future in Mind
The Schaghticoke are Indigenous Peoples whose ancestral homelands extend throughout the Hudson and Harlem Valley regions of New York State, as well as in Connecticut and Massachusetts, with historic documentation in New York dating back to the 1670s. The word “Schaghticoke” means “the Mingling of waters,” signifying the joining of rivers as well as the merging of related Algonquian speaking Tribes. The ancestors of the Schaghticoke were living in this region for hundreds and hundreds of years before colonization.
Schaghticoke First Nations is a historic indigenous Tribe led by hereditary Sachem Hawk Storm, a decedent of Schaghticoke Sachem Gideon Mauwee and Sassacus. Schaghticoke First Nations is focused on reestablishing a physical presence in the area our ancestors lived in for centuries, the Hudson and Harlem Valley regions. Schaghticoke First Nations is not a federally recognized American Indian Tribe recognized under the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA); however, in 2002 and 2004 the indigenous familial lineages of Schaghticoke First Nations members were affirmed and published by the BIA. Schaghticoke First Nations supports the social, economic, and political development of Schaghticoke descendants through the 501c3 non-profit entity Schaghticoke First Nations Inc.
Schaghticoke First Nations (SFN) is committed to investing our expertise and resources in order to achieve our goals for indigenous Schaghticoke Peoples. SFN works to support and facilitate the long-term vision of our community, measuring our success by the quality of relationships we already have formed toward achieving our program goals in the area of conservation, sustainable development, the establishment of a cultural center, educational opportunities, language revitalization, and support services.
“Let’s get back to what’s important, think about what’s going to happen seven generations down the road, live with the land or lose it all”