Beverly Pyke wants Akwesasne grand chief position

The 2012 District Council of Chiefs. Beverly Pyke says she intends to run for grand chief in the June election, the position currently held by Mike Mitchell. (Photo/

AKWESASNE – The woman behind re-establishing Band 59 on Cornwall Island has her sights set on the top job in Akwesasne.

Beverly Pyke announced her intention to run in the June 2015 Akwesasne election for the position of grand chief, currently held by Mike Mitchell.

“I have been asked by many people both on and off of the territory to run for this position,” said Pyke in a news release.

She is critical of the current administration, questioning the current council’s decision and their MO in dealing with the constituents. “The council should be listening to the people over their concerns and not making decisions and then going back to the people with their resolutions.”

Pyke believes there should be more transparency at Akwesasne council meetings, pointing to the City of Cornwall as an example where reporters are openly invited to attend meetings and the municipality’s business is televised.

Pyke also states that Akwesasne is pushing too quickly for self-governance and “is not ready” for such a task.

Voters in Akwesasne will be going to the polls June 27, 2015 to pick their grand chief and district chiefs. The population of Akwesasne is around 12,000.

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