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    Jan 16, 2020

    (January 13, 2020) The Federal Indian Day School Class Action claim forms are now available starting January 13, 2020. Forms can be found online as “Claim Form” at indiandayschools.com/en/documents. Class members can also request copies be mailed to them by class counsel Gowling WLG or the Claims Administrator. Copies will be available for the community at the MCA Admin. 1 Building (A-Frame), Kanonhkwa’tsheri:io Health Facility reception desk, Office of Vital Statistics at CIA #3 (pick-up only), Mohawk Government Building #1 and the Abori...

  • Cornplanter's Pipe Tomahawk Officially Repatriated to Seneca Nation by NYS Museum

    Jan 16, 2020

    ALLEGANY TERRITORY, SALAMANCA, N.Y. – A meaningful piece of history has been officially restored to the Seneca Nation's ownership. Nation leaders welcomed officials from the New York State Museum to Salamanca on January 9, 2020 to announce that a pipe tomahawk originally given to the respected Seneca leader and diplomat Cornplanter by George Washington has been officially repatriated to the Nation. The announcement took place at the Nation's Onöhsagwe:de' Cultural Center, where the pipe to...

  • Akwesasne Court Justices Recognized for 20 Years of Judiciary Service

    Jan 16, 2020

    By: Jaclyn Hall The Community of Akwesasne wish to officially acknowledge and thank Justice Shannon Hall and Justice D. Darlene Francis for twenty years of judiciary service to the Akwesasne Court and community. In November 1999, Shannon Hall and D. Darlene Francis, along with 12 other community members, successfully completed the first of its kind Community Justice training program. Hall and Francis were selected after an intensive and rigorous process to become the first two inherent right app...

  • The International Secretariat of Water and Mohawk Council Team Up to Create Youth for the Environment

    Mahlon Smoke|Jan 16, 2020

    By Mahlon Smoke For the last decade, the people of the world have been waking up to climate change and the importance of our Environment. While many Indigenous groups have been outspoken about this issue, it seems now the voices of the people are being heard. Now the International Secretariat of Water and the Environmental Department of Mohawk Council are teaming up to further include the youth of Akwesasne into the new program, “Youth for the Environment”, a program meant to promote and teach anyone interested in water advocacy skills. Wat...

  • AMPS Annual Hockey Tournament Raises Money for Community

    Jaclyn Hall|Jan 16, 2020

    By: Jaclyn Hall The A'nowara'ko:wa Arena was host to the 8th Annual Law Enforcement Hockey Tournament which took place beginning Thursday, January 9th and ending Friday, January 10th. The tournament was organized by the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service. Each AMPS chooses a recipient who will receive money raised during the hockey tournament. "This year we chose the Caring Hearts of Akwesasne, every year we choose a different cause to receive the money raised during the tournament," stated...

  • Australia is turning to Indigenous knowledge to deal with wildfires

    Jan 16, 2020

    Australia’s Indigenous people predate European colonization by over 40,000 years and they have managed and mitigated fire risk through specific knowledge of local ecosystems and carefully controlled burnings. Australia is one of the most arid continents on the planet and has always had bushfires, and this year Australia experienced extreme drought, heatwaves and devastating bushfires their summer through (North Americas) fall and winter. Practitioners of indigenous fire management report greater interest in their work than ever before. The r...


    Jan 16, 2020

    AKWESASNE – Priscilla A. Herne "Kwawihon", 84, of 1481 State Route 37, peacefully passed away Sunday morning, January 12, 2020 in her home surrounded by her family. Priscilla was born on August 29, 1935, the daughter of the late Anabel Billings. She attended St. Regis Mohawk School and Bombay High School. On May 14, 1955, she married Larry J. Herne. He predeceased her on December 2, 1985. Priscilla dedicated her life to taking care of her children and loving husband. She enjoyed spending time w... Full story

  • Agnes Mary Cook "Owesokon"

    Jan 16, 2020

    The community notes that Agnes Mary Cook, “Owesokon”, 101, of 22 Kateri Tekawitha Street, peacefully slept away early Friday morning, January 10, 2020 at her home. Agnes was born July 7, 1918 in St. Regis, the daughter of the late Thomas and Louise (Stuart) Jock. She attended rural schools in Akwesasne. On June 15, 1941, she married Joseph B. Cook in Florida. Joe predeceased her on December 27, 1995.... Full story

  • Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

    Jan 16, 2020

    Malone 1/17/2020: 1 p.m. - 6 p.m., Verizon, 266 West Main Street Potsdam 1/29/2020: 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., Potsdam Presbyterian Church, 42 Elm St How to donate blood: to get started, follow the instructions at RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass or use the Blood Donor App....

  • Tsikaristisere/Dundee Land Claim Settlement Extinguished Our Land Rights

    Jan 16, 2020

    January 13, 2020 Letter to the Editor Tsikaristisere/Dundee Land Claim Settlement Extinguished Our Land Rights On December 20, 2019, the Akwesasne Court issued a decision that my appeal of the Tsikaristisere/Dundee Claim Settlement Agreement Referendum results did not meet the threshold to proceed to a full hearing. In doing so, the Court said that the referendum was conducted impartially despite the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne lawyers saying on multiple occasions that Council didn’t have to be impartial. Furthermore, the Court failed to f...

  • Lorraine Thompson, Ashley David Thompson & Family

    Jan 16, 2020

    Dear Akwesasne community and surrounding areas: Thank you for all the support and prayers. I sincerely appreciate the time everyone has taken to keep us in your thoughts. I especially appreciate all the gifts for Ashley’s children for the holidays. Also, the monetary donations to help with the bills and travel expenses. Ashley has a traumatic brain injury, according to the doctors she will likely continue to heal for a couple of years. We have no idea at this time what the extent of her injury will entail. Nia:wen to all of you again. L...

  • Register as an Organ Donor

    Jan 16, 2020

    New York State residents can register as organ donors through the newly-modernized New York State Donate Life Registry. According to the U.S. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network, nearly 10,000 New Yorkers are among the 113,000 Americans currently awaiting an organ transplant. Nationally, 20 people each day die while awaiting a match for a transplant, according to the federal Health Resources and Services Administration. A person is added to the wait list every 10 minutes, but one donor can save as many as eight lives. Don’t wait, e...


    Jan 16, 2020

    (January 14, 2020) On January 9, 2020, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Save team were conducting a joint forces operation with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), monitoring activity on the St. Lawrence River. At approximately 5:44 PM, a vessel was observed traveling with no navigation equipment displayed to a landing in Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island) where it met with a Utility Terrain Vehicle (UTV). Several large bags were transferred from the UTV to the vessel. Police maintained surveillance...

  • New Mental Health Therapist at Wholistic Health & Wellness

    Jan 16, 2020

    (January 10, 2020) The MCA Wholistic Health & Wellness Program would like to introduce their new full-time Mental Health Therapist to the community! Wennietanoron Oakes is a graduate from the University of Ottawa with a Masters in Counselling Psychology. She is a member of the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario (CRPO) and the Canadian Counselling & Psychotherapy Association. Wennietanoron has worked in various roles throughout the community of Akwesasne, most recently with the...

  • Tribe Announces Office of Emergency Management and Safety

    Jan 16, 2020

    AKWESASNE. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is continuing to develop initiatives that enhance and protect the overall health and safety of the Akwesasne community. The most recent measure implemented on Tsiothohrkó:wa/January 1, 2020 saw the expansion and re-designation of the Emergency Planning Office to the Office of Emergency Management and Safety. “This has been a culmination of efforts to create a safe, secure and disaster-resilient Akwesasne by taking a comprehensive approach to emergency management,” stated Derek Comins, newly-named Director...


    Jan 16, 2020

    Mohawk Nation Cookhouse Saturday, January 18, 2020 10am – 4pm Bring ribbon shirts or skirts to exchange or donate For more information contact: Emily Tarbell @ (613) 575-2301 or email emilyetarbell@gmail.com Or call the Nation Office @ 518-358-3381...

  • Tribal Pesticide Regulation Adopted

    Jan 16, 2020

    AKWESASNE. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council announced they have adopted a Tribal Pesticide Regulation through the signing of Tribal Council Resolution 2020-01 on Tsiothorhkó:wa/January 8, 2020. Led by the Tribe’s Environment Division, the tribal regulation’s development and adoption helps ensure the protection of tribal member’s health by reducing unnecessary exposure to harmful pesticides. “With concern across the country associated with the usage of a popular herbicide, local measures are needed to help govern pesticide usage under th...

  • Organizers hoping Massena Fishing Expo will become a regional attraction

    Andy Gardner|Jan 16, 2020

    By Andy Gardner Organizers of next month’s Massena Fishing Expo are hoping to start an annual event to link the North Country with the larger national sport fishing community. The event, slated for Feb. 14 to 16, will be in the St. Lawrence Centre’s new expo center. The former wing of the mall that housed Hills, and later Ames, has been renovated and the expo will be its debut. “This will be a celebration of the unique growth of our fishery here in the northeast that makes it the best place to come to fish in the country,” said Massena sport f...

  • AFWP Movie Nights for Human Trafficking Awareness Month

    Jan 16, 2020

    The MCA Akwesasne Family Wellness Program would like to invite the community to 2 movie showings in honour of Human Trafficking Awareness Month. Join us for these free events on February 3 and February 10 at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena (7 PM start time both days). MOVIE NIGHT #1 — FEBRUARY 3: The AFWP will play the movie “Trafficked”, which was based on real events. After being forced into slavery in the international sex trade, three young women from India, Nigeria and the United States attempt to escape from a brothel in Texas. MOVIE NIGHT #2...

  • Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe January Monthly Meeting

    Kaniehtonkie|Jan 16, 2020

    By Kaniehtonkie Attendees of the SRMT January meeting witnessed the first St. Regis Police officer be sworn-in at a tribal meeting. Jake Arquette, Akwesasne, was sworn in before Council and community members by Tribal Clerk Summer Bero. Chief of Police Matt Rourke said he looks forward to swearing-in more officers at tribal meetings to present them to the community and to get to know SRMTP officers firsthand. While Arquette is considered a more mature officer, he had a very interesting...

  • PICEI 2020 Update to the Community

    Jan 16, 2020

    Submitted by Florence Patterson PICEI was among the first to introduce a free Summer Outdoor Program from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to this community. This program covered many areas of interest. There were: cosmetology taught by Inez Cook and her family for the children, modeling by the late Antoine Domino, which involved all ages which built self-esteem. We taught culinary art which the students ate dinner when in that class. Many of our children looked forward to that since some did not have dinner as soon as they got home. Chrysetta Patterson...


    Jan 16, 2020

    Reprinted with permission from Traditional Teachings by the Native North American Travelling College …continued from Vol. 37 #50 THE ARTICLES OF KARIWIIO NOW THE JOURNEY OVER THE GREAT SKY ROAD Now the Messenger told Skanientariio that they will take him above the Great Sky Road and he will look back down on the earth. You will tell us exactly what you see on earth. Now the Messengers show Skanientariio another and ask him to tell exactly what he saw. Skanientariio said: “I saw three groups of people: the first was a large group, these peo...

  • Wa'kiakaotsísko

    Jan 16, 2020

    1. Tsieià:ta iakón:kwe - One woman 2. Ieià:tase - Young woman 3. Ohahà:ke - On the road 4. Wa'kiakaotsísko - She did slip 5. Iehsnonhsà:ke - On her hand 6. Ia'kaién:ta'ne - It landed 7. Ia'eié:na ne owisà:ke - She held on the ice 8. É:neken ia'akonentshón:ti - She threw her arms up 9. Wa'kionrahsarónnion - She braced herself 10. Í:iah teiakononwarón:kion - She did not hit her head 11. Í:iah kwáh khieiakoia'taientá:'on - She did not completely fall 12. Akohserà:ke nikahá:wi - Winter time 13. Ts...


    Jan 16, 2020

    Starting January 21, join the Wholistic Health & Wellness Program for their men’s floor hockey program designed to help you stay active, healthy and sober! When: Tuesdays | 7 PM – 9 PM Where: Kana:takon School For more information or to pre-register, please contact Brandon David at 613-575-2341 ext. 3108....

  • Smoking & Diabetes

    Jan 16, 2020

    (January 13, 2020) No one starts out in life thinking they are going to be a smoker or a diabetic. We come into the idea of smoking through curiosity, peer pressure or constant tobacco advertising and marketing. These two health issues rise out of each other depending on exposure and lifestyle. In the 2014, Surgeon General’s Report, “smoking is a cause of type 2 diabetes, which is also known as adult-onset diabetes. Smokers have a greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes than do nonsmokers. The risk of developing diabetes increases with the...

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