Cross-border smuggling and border vulnerabilities on the tribal lands that straddle New York, Quebec, and Ontario are not new, but there is now increasing evidence linking the illicit tobacco network to terrorist funding, organized crime networks, and illegal movements of narcotics, weapons, and people.

A recent conference hosted by the Wilson Center’s Canada Institute brought together First Nations leaders, subject-matter specialists, and government officials to conduct one of the first dialogues on bi-national contraband to be held in the United States. We spoke to three of the participants to learn more about concerns and the complexities involved in finding solutions.

About the Guests

Laura Dawson, President, Dawson Strategic
Rear Admiral Michael Parks, Former Commander, 9th Coast Guard District, U.S. Coast Guard
District Chief Brian David, Chief for Economic Development and Justice, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne