Some of the tribe's families live on trust land which is assigned to tribal members for their use. Others live on privatelyowned lands within the reservation boundaries, as do some non-Indians. Approximately half of the tribal population of about 1,500 live on or near the reservation.
Over the past eighty years, the Stockbridge-Munsee have not only survived but the community has grown in many ways.
First of all, the forests have returned, and with the forests so have deer, bear, waterfowl, wild turkeys and other animals. People have reported seeing a white deer and also a cougar.
Some early homes still provide shelter, including a few stone houses that are now on the National Historic Registry. However, mobile homes, apartments and more and more permanent homes continue to add to the housing opportunities on the reservation.
Apartments for the elderly and disabled are called the Moshuebee Apartments and the John W. Quinney Apartments, after ancestral leaders, and a new building to serve elderly meals and activities has been named the Eunice Stick Gathering Place.
Numerous structures are needed to house the tribal government, the tribal court, legal department, MOHICAN NEWS in the communications department, tribal administration and roads department. The Mohican Family Center features a full-size gym, exercise room, aerobics room, and youth center. In addition, a new comprehensive health and wellness center, including medical, dental and behavioral health facilities, opened in November of 2000.
The Pine Hills golf course has expanded to eighteen holes, and the clubhouse provides fine dining on weekends.
The original clubhouse has also been expanded and serves as a meeting hall and banquet facility.
The sandfilter/waste-water treatment facility will provide drinkable water to parts of the
reservation, and several roads are newly paved.
The pow-wow grounds have recently been refurbished, where the annual Mohican Nation Pow
wow is held during the second weekend in August to honor all veterans. Sweatlodges are used
frequently, at many sites on the reservation.
The North Star Mohican Casino Resort can be credited with much of the Mohican Nation's economic progress. The casino is the largest employer in Shawano County, and of the almost 500 employees, 400 are non-Mohican.
The casino also contributes to the economy of the county. Numerous buses arrive at the casino daily; deliveries of casino and bingo supplies, foods and beverages, fuel, paper products, cleaning supplies and other necessities attest to the economic contributions of the
casino in the area. The Little Star Convenience Store, Gas Station, and Car Wash provides employment and services.
Other tribal enterprises include Mohican LP Gas and a 5-unit strip mall which is currently under
constructions near the city of Shawano.
The children from the reservation attend school in the Bowler and Gresham Public Schools. Many high school graduates go on to college, technical school or a university. Tribal members hold degrees in law, medicine, education, engineering, architecture, science, fine arts and other disciplines. The StockbridgeMunsee Education Board oversees programs meant to encourage
students to progress in and advance their education.
Back in the early 1970's, Bernice Miller requested space from the Tribal Council for the purpose of preserving the papers and artifacts of her late husband, Arvid E. Miller.
An active historical committee, consisting of elders and anyone else interested in tribal history,
committed themselves to gathering everything that is known about the Stockbridge Munsee/Mohican people. A "ditto-machine" newspaper was started and shared community news for about ten years.
Gathering history required travel to homelands in the east. Since 1969 many historical research trips have been made. Traveling in caravans of autos or by bus, youth and elders
have visited the Mission House and burial grounds in Stockbridge,
Massachusetts. Many climbed Monument Mountain.
Research has been done in the Stockbridge Historical Room, the New York State Historical Library in Albany, the Huntington Library in New York City and in numerous other libraries and museums.
The research library includes: books, hand-written letters, notes, maps, photos, geneology records and more. The museum collection includes: baskets made of splints and birch bark, arrowheads, stone axes, war clubs and other original artifacts.
Through Repatriation artifacts returned to the Library/Museum include a wampum belt and
ceremonial pipes. Other repatriated items include wampum beads and a Communion Set. In 1993 the Tribe was fortunate to regain possession of a large volume Bible that had
been given to them in 1745 by the Chaplain of the Prince of Wales.
The Arvid E. Miller Memorial Library Museum is an excellent resource for students and scholars involved in research.
The Library/Museum welcomes visitors from near and far daily. It can also be visited on the tribe's website www.mohican.com.
TRIBAL HISTORIC PRESERVATION
The Stockbridge-Munsee Community has always maintained a connection to its Eastern
homelands and tribal members have continuously returned since the 1850's to protect burial sites or other cultural area or to pursue land claims. in 1999, this work was formalized by establishing a Tribal Historic Preservation office which routinely consults throughout our New York and New England areas. The office carries out duties under NAGPRA (Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act) to repatriate cultural items and Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act to consult on federal construction projects that may impact cultural sites.
In 2011, the Tribe purchased 63 acres of land along the Hudson river to protect a culturally
sensitive Site. ln 2015 we were proud to formally establish a satellite Historic Preservation ofice on the campus of Russell Sage College in downtown Troy, N.Y. on Mohican homelands. The office reviews approximately 500 proposed construction projects a year, ensuring the Tribe's cultural perspective is heard in the planning process. We also contract with an archeologist to monitor sensitive projects and we have.