Sonny is a Kanien’kehá:ka Bear Clan member from the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation in New York. He is a Senior in the Legal Studies major at SUNY Canton. In 2015, he was invited to serve as a youth panelist at the White House Tribal Nations Conference, where he met with President Barack Obama to discuss higher education opportunities and de-stigmatization of mental health issues.
In 2018, he was invited to serve as a representative at the 17th session of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII17). The same year, he was the recipient of the Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Speciality Award at Canton, in recognition of his successful campaign to hang the Iroquois flag across campus and play the Iroquois anthem at all men’s lacrosse games (becoming the first NCAA university to consistently do so in 2018).
Sonny has also served as the Student Government Association President and Budget Director at SUNY Canton. He is an attackman on the SUNY Canton lacrosse team and has coached youth sports. He is a passionate advocate for suicide prevention, seeking to destigmatize conversations about mental health, and petitions for Indigenous representation in decision-making processes.