US Akwesasne to licence door-to-door salesmen

In this Wednesday, July 5, 2017 photo provided by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, Compliance Director Elliot Lazore holds a sample application for a General Business License or Peddler's Permit that all businesses and salespeople will be required to obtain to help protect community members and establishments that are operating in good faith. (St. Regis Mohawk Tribe via Newswatch Group)

AKWESASNE, N.Y. – A third public meeting will be held next week on a proposed law in St. Regis to regulate door-to-door sales from off-reserve vendors or peddlers.

The law is meant to deal with an increasing problem of people coming on reserve and targeting elders with various scams.

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Compliance Department will hold its third and final public meeting on Wednesday, July 12, 2017 at 5 p.m. at the community building on State Route 37 to get feedback on the law.

Chief Eric Thompson says it would give the tribe authority to prohibit door-to-door vendors from selling in the territory while protecting business owners on-reserve who are conducting work in good faith by having them licenced as well.

If the law is passed, people seeking to sell on tribal lands would have to buy a 90-day business licence. They would also have to provide a description of their business, identify the business owners and their employees.

The money from the fees would be used for community support programs.

Following the public meeting there will be a 30 day review before a draft ordinance is put together for the tribal council to consider.