Tekahnawaiiks Joyce King

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Joyce Tekahnawiiaks (Deh-gunnaw- wee-yuks) M. King is the Director of the Akwesasne Justice Department for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. Before being named Director she received a Privy Council appointment as a lifetime Justice of the Peace and presided over the Akwesasne Mohawk Court for ten years. The Akwesasne Court operates under an inherent right jurisdiction and its principles are based on restorative justice. Prior to working with Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Joyce was the Director for the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force (HETF) and oversaw four traditional Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) environmental programs across New York State, who she worked with to develop environmental policies for Tribes in the United States. Joyce was also appointed to the National Environmental Justice Advisory Council (NEJAC) which participated in hosting public environmental forums across the United States. Tekahnawiiaks also served as Administrator for the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs and became well-versed in traditional protocol according to oral tradition. During her tenure as Administrator, she was also the Managing of the Akwesasne Notes Bookstore. For the last two years as Administrator, Tekahnawiiaks worked with Indian Time newspaper as the Managing Editor to cover significant events within the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations/Iroquois) Confederacy. Tekahnawiiaks’ work has also been published in the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy.

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