By: Indian Country Today Media Network Staff
The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is welcoming Michael Cook back as the tribe’s new Director of Health Services, starting March 31, 2014. Mike previously led the tribal organization for ten years from 1980-1990.
Mike brings 30 years of Indian Health Services leadership and knowledge home to the Akwesasne people.
Mike returns to Akwesasne most recently from Syracuse, where he has been responsible for oversight of Contract Health Services programs for the Nashville Area Offices of Indian Health Service. Mike has served as the Executive Director of the United South and Eastern Tribes (USET), been the Director of Governmental Programs and Services of the Oneida Indian Nation, the Health Administrator of the Oneida Indian Health Program and the Deputy Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation at Oklahoma University in Oklahoma.
“We are honored Mike has chosen to bring his experience, leadership and expertise to the Health Services Team,” said Chief Ron LaFrance.
Chief Beverly Cook echoed the welcome and remarked, “Mike’s vision is to continue to strengthen the programs Health Services has worked so hard to create. We are very confident in Mike’s leadership.”
Mike received both his Bachelor and Masters of Business Administration from Clarkson University in 1990. He’s a graduate of Salmon River and attended the St. Regis Mohawk School. Mike is married to Lisa, and they have five children. Mike is the son of James “Jimmy” Cook and the late Virginia Cook, the proud grandfather of six, and an avid Habs and Patriots fan.
Mike said he is “honored to have been selected to be a member of the highly renowned Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services team of health professionals. The opportunity to come home is priceless.”