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. The Schaghticoke are featured in historic documentation in New York dating back to the 1670s. Our ancestors are part of the Covenant Chain Nations and traditional wampum belt holders. The word “Schaghticoke” means “the mingling of waters,” and it signifies the joining of rivers, as well as the merging of related Algonquian language-speaking Tribes. The ancestors of the contemporary Schaghticoke were living in this region generations before colonization.
Schaghticoke First Nations is a historic indigenous Tribe led by hereditary Sachem Hawk Storm, a verifiable decedent of Schaghticoke Sachem Gideon Mauwee and Sachem Sassacus. Schaghticoke First Nations affirms our right to self-determination and is focused on reestablishing a physical presence in the lands 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 is governed by a Tribal Constitution. In an effort to support the social, economic, and political development of Schaghticoke descendants, Schaghticoke First Nations has established a separate 501c3 non-profit entity called 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 and SFN Inc. work 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 community center, educational opportunities, language revitalization, food sovereignty, and culturally appropriate 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”