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St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Elected Clarkson University Trustee

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Clarkson University alumnus James W. Ransom, chief of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council, has been elected to Clarkson’s board of trustees. He will serve on the academic affairs and student affairs committees.ransom

Ransom earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Clarkson in 1988. He also holds an A.A.S. degree in civil technology from Canton Agricultural and Technical College.

Ransom is serving his third term as chief and has worked for the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and community of the Akwesasne for the past 28 years in various capacities.

He has extensive experience in environmental issues and in 1978 helped to start the tribe’s environmental program, serving as its director through 1990.

Prior to his election as tribal chief, Ransom was the first director of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force, helping to develop environmental programs for the Cayuga, Tonawanda Seneca and Tuscarora nations.

Ransom has a strong interest in tribal education issues and serves as chairman of the tribe’s education committee, which is developing a ten-year strategic plan that includes the development of a tribal college. He also recently served a five-year term on the Salmon River Central school board and was previously involved with the parent committee for the Akwesasne Freedom School.

Ransom serves on the New York State Environmental Board, which oversees the operation of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. He is also a member of the board of directors for the Onake Corporation, a non-profit board promoting the culture of the Mohawk people.

Ransom lives in Akwesasne with his wife, Karla. They have two adult children, Beynan and Kyrie.

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