Ask students in the Mohawk Club at Massena Central High School whether they've been on the receiving end of negative stereotypes, and the answer is quick and sharp.
"We see that we're always the troublemakers or that we're bad kids," says Amanda Rourke, the club's president.
Member Mallory Sunday adds, "It's funny because they don't understand who we are as a people."
They and other club members live on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation next to Massena, N.Y., on the U.S.-Canada border. One-tenth of the student body at their high school is Native American.