Joseph Tokwiroh Norton named new Kahnawake grand chief

Joseph Tokwiroh Norton, who led the Mohawk community for 26 years until his retirement in 2004, has once again been elected grand chief.

Norton served as grand chief of Kahnawake for 26 years until 2004 retirement

Kahnawake residents elected Norton to resume his long-held position as grand chief. (Radio-Canada)

Many Kahnawake residents will recognize the man newly elected as grand chief.

After all, Joseph Tokwiroh Norton led the Mohawk community for 26 years until his 2004 retirement.

The marry out, stay out law was enacted in Kahnawake during Norton's tenure as grand chief. (Radio-Canada)

He was chief during the 1990 Oka Crisis and is the originator of the controversial law banning mixed native and non-native couples from living on reserve.

Norton beat incumbent Mike Delisle, who had served as grand chief of Kahnawake since Norton's retirement.

The new grand chief won this past weekend's vote with 488 votes, while Delisle received 397.

Candidates Lloyd Phillips and Keith Myiow received 356 and 85 votes, respectively. 

The election saw the following people named as council chiefs: Kahsennehawe Sky-Deer, Carl Horn, Clinton Phillips, Kenneth McComber, Gina Deer, Martin Leborgne, Robert Patton Jr., Christine Zachary-Deom, William (Billy) Diabo, Arlene Jacobs and Rhonda Kirby. 

The newly elected officials officially stepped into their three-year mandates on June 22.


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