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Office of the Kahnawà:ke Kanien'kehá:ka Registry

The Office of the Kahnawà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka Registry (OKKR) (formerly the Membership Department) is a department of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke which has been in existence since the early 1970’s. The Office of the Kahnawà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka Registry’s mission is “to provide a variety of client-driven services based on available documentation and information; facilitated with dedication to accuracy and confidentiality”. These services include providing clients with various letters such as Identification, Proof of Residence, Passport Disclaimer, Border Crossing as well as United States Social Insurance (50% or more). Other services provided include Statistical Support, Genealogical Research and Family Lineage Charts, Commissioner of Oaths, MCK Elections Support, Verifications for other MCK Departments/Organizations and Indian Registration Agent (IRA) Guarantor.  For more information regarding both Laws please see below. 

Additions to the Kahnawà:ke Kanien'kehá:ka Registry as per Kanien'kehá:ka of Kahnawà:ke Law

February 1, 2020 to August 4, 2021 Adults (21)

Name Date Added
Joshua Diabo February 2021
Steven Curran March 2021
Nancy Jacobs March 2021
Lisa Borrello April 2021
Shelley Peterson April 2021
David Bush April 2021
Rosina Arsenault May 2021
Forrest Loft May 2021
Mary (Bordeau) Kezar May 2021
Kasandra Whitebean June 2021
Ashley Thomas June 2021
Catherine (Montour) Longboat June 2021
Lylee Horn June 2021
Caesar Martinez June 2021
Brandon-John Rice July 2021
Dean Borrello July 2021
Gordon Bryson July 2021
Lisa Jacobs July 2021
Wayne Jacobs August 2021
Darlene Leborgne Levine August 2021
Jessica Thomas August 2021

The Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawà:ke Law was passed on July 3rd of 2018, after going through the Community Decision Making Process for a lengthy period. After a period of regulation development we’re happy to announce that applications for recognition as a Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawà:ke are now available at the OKKR located at the Services Complex or an application can be sent by mail if requested. When picking up an application, a staff member of the OKKR will be available to give the necessary information to an applicant in order to ensure that they will return a complete application to the OKKR. Decisions on applications for recognition will begin in late summer of 2019. Should there be any questions about The Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawà:ke Law or the application process, questions can be directed to the OKKR either in person, in office or by telephone at 450 638 0500.

View the Kanien’keha:ka of Kahnawà:ke Law
View the regulations for The Kanien’keha:ka of Kahnawà:ke Law

The Kahnawà:ke Residency Law was passed on June 17th of 2019. The Kahnawà:ke Residency Law (KRL) was separated from the amended Kahnawà:ke Membership Law (KML) in order to focus on who may reside on the territory of Kahnawà:ke. There are several categorizations under the KML, which grant an individual the ability to reside on the territory. A person recognized on the Kahnawà:ke Kanien’keha:ka Registry holds the right to reside, as well as a person who hold the status of an approved Kahnawà:ke Resident or one of the three possible permits, which include a Residency, Humanitarian, or Work/Education permits. Although passed, the KRL is not yet implemented, and is currently undergoing regulations and procedural development. The aim is to have the KRL fully functional before 2020.

View the Kahnawà:ke Residency Law

Kahnawà:ke Residency Law FAQs

Community members who participated in the Community Decision Making Process (CDMP) to amend the Kanien'kehá:ka of Kahnawà:ke Law (KKL) requested that residency should be a separate law where individuals not on the KKR, can apply to be authorized as an Approved Kahnawà:ke Resident or apply for a Permit.

Call the Office of the Kanien'kehá:ka of Kahnawà:ke Registry (OKKR) at 450.638.0500 to determine whether you are on the KKR.

An application can be made for one of the following;

  • Recognition on the KKR
  • An Approved Kahnawà:ke Resident
  • A Residency Permit
  • A Work/Education Permit
  • A Humanitarian Permit

This information must be declared in the application and documentation must be submitted.

Yes, all applications have a $30 fee. In addition, applications for Approved Kahnawà:ke Resident and for any Permit types require a Criminal Background Check at an additional cost.

You must apply to the KRL as an Approved Kahnawà:ke Resident or for one of the Permit categories.

At that time, you will not have permission to reside on the Territory.

All applications are available for pickup at the OKKR office located at the Kahnawà:ke Services Complex.
Please call 450.638.0500 to make an appointment to pick up the application of your choice.

Check out or call the OKKR at 450.638.0500


Office of the Kahnawà:ke Kanien’keha:ka Registry Staff

Melanie Konwenni Gilbert - General Manager of the Kahnawà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka Registry
Shari Lahache - Kahnawà:ke Kanien'kehá:ka Registry Officer
Arlene Beauvais - Kahnawà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka Registry Officer
Jennifer McComber - Kahnawà:ke Kanien’kehá:ka Registry Administrative Assistant
Brooke Stacey - Registrar of the Kanien’kehá:ka of Kahnawà:ke Law, and Kahnawà:ke Residency Law

CONTACT: 450-638-0500