AIAI is governed by our Chiefs Council, comprised of elected Chiefs from each member Nation. Chiefs Council is led by a Grand Chief and Deputy Grand Chief and meets on a quarterly basis.

Members of Chiefs Council

  • Grand Chief Joel Abram
  • Interim Deputy Grand Chief, Stacia Loft
  • Interim Deputy Grand Chief, Denise Stonefish
  • Chief Mark McCoy, Batchewana
  • Chief Mary Duckworth, Caldwell
  • Chief Justin Logan, Delaware
  • Chief Laurie Carr, Hiawatha
  • Chief R. Donald Maracle, Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
  • Chief Todd Cornelius, Oneida
  • Chief Philip Franks, Wahta

Grand Chief Joel Abram


Grand Chief Joel Abram hails from the Oneida Nation of the Thames Settlement, is a member of the wolf clan, and his Oneida name is Tewa:slake, which translates as an ‘axe with two blades’.  Joel is currently 46 years old, and has served 12 years on Chief and Council in Oneida; 6 as a councilor, and 6 as the elected Chief.

He had a role in initiating the institution of a gladue court in the City of London, only the third such court in Ontario, and also in the successful establishment of a 64 bed Long Term Care facility in Oneida.  He has also been involved with the community radio station Oneida Radio in various capacities including DJ, fundraiser, and technician for the past 17 years.  In his free time, Joel enjoys playing competitive chess, spending time with family, and getting out his guitar and playing the occasional gig with his brother.

Interim Deputy Grand Chief – Stacia Loft

Contact Deputy Grand Chief Loft

Interim Deputy Grand Chief – Denise Stonefish