The Mohegan Tribe is a sovereign, federally recognized Indian Nation with a reservation on the Thames River near Uncasville, Connecticut. The town of Uncasville is named after our Sachem Uncas, a seventeenth century Chief. Uncas chose to befriend the first English colonists. Since that time, we have been committed to good relations with our non-Indian neighbors.
We, the Mohegan Nation, exercise full civil jurisdiction and concurrent criminal jurisdiction over these lands. Our Tribe is governed by a Tribal Constitution which empowers a nine member Tribal Council to serve as the legislative and executive branch, and a seven member Council of Elders which is responsible for judicial oversight and cultural integrity. We maintain traditional titles including Chief, Medicine Woman, and Pipe Carrier.
The following vision statement was developed by the Mohegan Strategic Planning Committee and adopted by the Council of Elders in 1997:
- We are the Wolf People, children of Mundo, a part of the Tree of Life. Our ancestors form our roots, our living Tribe is the trunk, our grandchildren are the buds of our future.
- We remember and teach the stories of our ancestors.
- We watch. We listen. We learn.
- We respect Mother Earth, our Elders, and all that comes from Mundo.
- We are willing to break arrows of peace to heal old and new wounds. We acknowledge and l earn from our mistakes.
- We walk as a single spirit on the Trail of Life. We are guided by thirteen generations past and responsible to thirteen generations to come.
- We survive as a nation guided by the wisdom of our past. Our circular trail returns us to wholeness as a people.
Ni Ya Yo.
Courtesy of Mohegan Tribe Home Page