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Articles from the January 26, 2023 edition


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  • Thank You Letter

    Jan 26, 2023

    Thank You Letter "Onkwe would like to encourage our people to continue planting seeds every day in every encounter that you have. Continue to build relationships with one another. Whether that be in ceremony, in the garden, gathering and harvesting medicines. Take that medicine and plant those same seeds in the minds of the children. That is why we continue everyday learning to be on the land back with our Iethinisténha Ohón:tsia. And always with the next seven generations in mind. Remember t...

  • New Art Gallery Features Akwesasne Artists

    Jan 26, 2023

    By Isaac White. A new attraction featuring artists from Akwesasne is now open to the public. The Akwesasne Cultural Center, 321 State Route 37, Akwesasne, now boasts a bevy of beautiful artwork that is fully on display for the public to take in and admire. Marla Jacobs, Cultural Manager for the Center and the driving force behind the new art gallery is proud to showcase the newly refreshed Center as well as the brand-new gallery featuring paintings and other works from local artists. The...

  • Mid-Winter Ceremonies to begin January 26, 2023

    Jan 26, 2023

    The Midwinter Ceremonies are set to take place at the Mohawk Nation Longhouse on Thursday, January 26, 2023, 5 sleeps after the new moon. Before then, the Big Heads (Rotinontsistowanon) will be bundled by the Chiefs, Clanmothers and Faithkeepers on Saturday, January 21, 9:00am. The Big Heads will be instructed to travel about the community and bring medicine into the homes. The Big Heads will sing their song into your home and tell how they have been given the duty by the leadership to tell the...

  • Massena man's trial for SUNY Potsdam murder pushed back

    Andy Gardner|Jan 26, 2023

    By Andy Gardner. POTSDAM – Michael Snow’s murder trial, originally scheduled to start Jan. 23, is being indefinitely pushed back, pending standard pre-trial hearings that have yet to take place. The 31-year-old Massena resident is accused of shooting and killing Elizabeth Howell, 21, on College Park Road near the SUNY Potsdam campus on Feb. 18, 2022. A grand jury in April of last year handed up an indictment charging Snow with four felonies: second-degree murder, first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault and first-degree criminal use of...

  • Salmon River's First-Ever Whiz Quiz Team Celebrated

    Jan 26, 2023

    FORT COVINGTON – It may have been Salmon River High School's first time competing in the local TV competition Whiz Quiz, but it sure didn't look like it. Altogether, the Whiz Quiz Shamrocks team competed against teams from five schools in the North Country. The competition started off in October 2022. The Shamrocks first took on Immaculate Heart Central, followed by Ogdensburg Free Academy, Thousand Islands and Potsdam. The Shamrocks were victorious in each of these matchups. While Sackets H...

  • Seneca artist wins Americans for the Arts fellowship

    Jan 26, 2023

    By Sandra Hale Schulman. Special to ICT. A long-time visual artist and curator who works closely with tribal preservationists has been awarded the 2023 Johnson Fellowship for Artists Transforming Communities for his decades of work in art, film and writing. Artist G. Peter Jemison, Heron Clan, Seneca Nation, was named the recipient of the fellowship by Americans for the Arts, which recognizes artists or culture bearers who work in and with rural communities to advance cultural equity. "At...

  • Lizzie Thompson

    Jan 26, 2023

    Akwesasne: Elizabeth M. Thompson, "Lizzie" 54, of Park Street, St. Regis, passed away on January 19, 2023 at the Cornwall Community Hospital. Lizzie was born March 12, 1968 in Cornwall, Ontario, the daughter of the late Mose Neil and Philomena Mae (Cook) Thompson. She attended and graduated from General Vanier Secondary School. Lizzie previously worked at Oakes Corner Store in St. Regis and as a Personal Support Worker for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. Lizzie enjoyed going to the casino and... Full story

  • Salmon River boys continue quest for undefeated season; tough b-ball games against O'burg, FA

    Andy Gardner|Jan 26, 2023

    By Andy Gardner The Shamrocks boys hockey squadron kept up their march toward an undefeated season, downing Norwood-Norfolk on the road. Massena and Salmon River recently saw some tough basketball tilts against Malone and Ogdensburg. The latest win for the ‘Rocks took place at Plattsburgh State against Beekmantown in overtime by a 5-4 final tally. “Always tough to play at Plattsburgh State. Beekmantown is a good team. We dealt with adversity. Always hard to win on the road,” Head Coach Tim Cook said. With the game tied 1-1 in the first perio...

  • Legal Notice

    Jan 26, 2023

    A petition to be named Executor of the Estate of Barbara Jane Dence Garrow, late of Akwesasne, NY has been filed by Cecil Garrow in the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court. Notice is hereby given to all heirs and beneficiaries who may wish to challenge the validity of Barbara Jane Dence Garrow’s will or the appointment of Cecil Garrow as Executor. Objections must be filed with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court by February 4, 2023. Notice is also hereby given to all potential creditors who may have an interest in said estate to present in their i...

  • Legal Notice

    Jan 26, 2023

    Letters of testamentary for the Estate of Abraham C. Terrance, of Akwesasne, New York, have been requested by Robert J. King. Notice is hereby given to anyone objecting to the appointment of Robert J. King. All potential creditors who may have an interest in the aforementioned estate or those wanting to object to the validity of the will must notify the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court at (518) 358-6300 by no later than February 21, 2023....

  • Third Gathering on Unmarked Burials

    Kaniehtonkie|Jan 26, 2023

    By Kaniehtonkie. The National Gathering on Unmarked Burials: Affirming Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Community Control over Knowledge and Information conference was held in Vancouver, B. C. from January 16 to January 18. Kimberly R. Murray, Independent Special Interlocutor for Missing Children and Unmarked Graves and Burial Sites associated with Indian Residential Schools presided over the two and half days of presentations, active participant dialogue and sharing. Acknowledgment and thanks...

  • Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services Selects New Mental Health Director

    Jan 26, 2023

    AKWESASNE -- The Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services is pleased to introduce Dr. Terrianne Yanulavich as their new Mental Health Director. Yanulavich helps fill a position that was vacated by the retirement of Christine Venery following 26 years with Health Services. "Mental health is in a state of crisis -- in Akwesasne and nationally," stated Health Services Director Michael Cook. Cook added, "To help our clients cope with and overcome their mental health crisis, we are fortunate to be joined b...

  • Tota News

    Jan 26, 2023

    TSI TETEWATATKENS St. Regis Mohawk Senior Center 518-358-2963 Email address: [email protected] Please note: Anyone wishing to attend the congregate meal must call the Office for the Aging by 9:30am to reserve a meal. MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL Club Dues for 2023 You can mail in your membership fee of $5.00 American to: SRM Senior Citizens Club PO Box 1106 Hogansburg, NY 13655 BIRTHDAYS Jan. 28th-Lucy White & Janice Olszewski Jan 29th-Leona Ann Benedict Jan. 31st-Marion Parker, Hilda Herne, Ernestine Oakes & Rosalie Jacobs ACTIVITIES: Fri. Jan... Full story

  • Legal Notice

    Jan 26, 2023

    Letters of Testamentary for the Estate of Patricia Thomas, of Akwesasne, NY, have been requested by Steve Jacobs. Notice is hereby given to anyone objecting to the appointment of Steve Jacobs. All potential creditors who may have an interest in the aforementioned estate or those wanting to object to the validity of the will must notify the Saint Regis Tribal Court at (518) 358-6300 by no later than February 25, 2023....

  • Legal Notice

    Jan 26, 2023

    A petition to be named Administrator for the Estate of Nancy J. Hopps, late of Akwesasne, NY had been filed by Neal Hopps in the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court. Objections must be filed with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court by February 7, 2023. Notice is also hereby given to all potential creditors who may have and interest in said estate to present their interest. Any creditors shall contact the Tribal Court at (518) 358-6300....

  • St. Regis Mission News

    Jan 26, 2023

    ALL CURRENT COVID-19 MANDATORY RESTRICTIONS APPLY WHICH INCLUDE: SOCIAL DISTANCING AND WEARING MASKS AT ALL TIMES. ST. REGIS MISSION MASS INTENTIONS JANUARY 24-FEBRUARY 1, 2023 THURSDAY JANUARY 26, 2023 12:10 PM Offered for: John Bigtree Jr. Memorial Anniversary by the St. Regis Family FRIDAY JANUARY 27, 2023 12:10 PM Offered for: James J. Cook Memorial Birthday by the St. Regis Family SATURDAY JANUARY 28, 2023 4:00 PM Offered for: Julia Sawatis 25-Year Memorial Anniversary by Sherry and girls SATURDAY JANUARY 28, 2023 6:00 PM TRI DISTRICT...

  • Legal Notice

    Jan 26, 2023

    Letters of Testamentary for the Estate of Philip E. Rybke, of Akwesasne, New York, have been requested by Edith Rybke. Notice is hereby given to anyone objecting to the appointment of Edith Rybke or contesting the validity of the will. All potential creditors who may have an interest in the aforementioned estate of those wanting to object to the appointment of Edith Rybke must notify the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court by no later than February 9, 2023....

  • Legal Notice

    Jan 26, 2023

    A petition to be named Executor in the Nelson P. Sawatis, late of Akwesasne, NY has been filed by Joseph Sawatis in the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court. Notice is hereby given to all heirs and beneficiaries who may wish to object to the validity of Nelson P. Sawatis’ will or the appointment of Joseph Sawatis as Executor. Objections must be filed with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court by February 11, 2023. Notice is also hereby given to all potential creditors who may have an interest in said estate to present their interest. Any creditors s...

  • Legal Notice

    Jan 26, 2023

    Letters of Testamentary for the Estate of Warren P.A. Gorrow and Shirley Gorrow of Akwesasne, NY, have been requested by Craig Gorrow. Notice is hereby given to anyone objecting to the appoinmtnet of Craig Gorrow and Cherie Jock. All potential creditors who may have an interest in the aforementioned estate or those wanting to object to the vailidity of the will must notify the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Court at (518) 358-6300 by no later than February 11, 2023....

  • Summer Work at the RRCA Offers Valuable Experience to Students and Recent Graduates

    Jan 26, 2023

    The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is accepting applications for a variety of seasonal employment opportunities to support its programs and services throughout Cornwall and surrounding area of SDG. The RRCA is currently looking to fill over 15 seasonal or short- term positions to support watershed planning, environmental stewardship and outreach, Conservation Area services, and tree planting. "Our current employment opportunities are ideal for students and recent graduates," says...

  • Tribal Members-Only Land Claim Informational Session Scheduled

    Jan 26, 2023

    AKWESASNE – The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is notifying membership that an informational session has been scheduled to discuss the land claim. Tribal members are encouraged to attend at 5:00 p.m. on Tsiothohrkó:wa/Thursday, January 26, 2023. The session will be a hybrid format for tribal members to join in-person or virtually using Zoom. The in-person session will be held in the first-floor meeting room at the Ionkwakiohkwaróron Tribal Administration Building located at 71 Margaret Terrance Memorial Way in Akwesasne, New York. To par...

  • The income tax filing season is now underway: Time to Free File

    Jan 26, 2023

    Visit www.tax.ny.gov for truly free tax filing The New York State Department of Taxation and Finance today announced the start of the income tax filing season. The department and the IRS have begun processing income tax returns, including those submitted using the Free File software available on the Tax Department website. If your 2022 income is $73,000 or less, you can file both your federal and New York State returns at no cost through the Tax Department website using Free File. Hundreds of thousands of New York State taxpayers take...

  • CDC Recommends Updated (Bivalent) COVID-19 Vaccines for Children under 5 years old

    Jan 26, 2023

    Canton – On December 23rd, 2022 the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) accepted new guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for bivalent COVID-19 booster doses for eligible children under 5 years old. More children now have the opportunity to update their protection against COVID-19. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to consider doing so, especially as we head into the winter months ahead. Talk with your child’s health care provider to ensure they are up to date on all immunizations including COV...

  • Become a Backyard Conservation Champion with the RRCA

    Jan 26, 2023

    With the help of native trees, shrubs, wildflowers, habitat structures, and expert guidance, the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is launching a new initiative to help turn your backyard into an ecologically friendly oasis. "Collectively, smaller naturalization and habitat enhancement projects in urban and suburban settings can have a significant positive impact on biodiversity, water quality, and the overall health of the local environment," says RRCA Project Coordinator, Caroline...

  • RRCA Board Re-elects Chair, Elects New Vice-Chair

    Jan 26, 2023

    The Raisin Region Conservation Authority's (RRCA) Board of Directors re-elected Martin Lang as RRCA Chair and elected Bryan McGillis as the new Vice-Chair. Both were acclaimed to the positions. The elections were held during the Conservation Authority's annual meeting held on January 19, 2023, at the RRCA office at Gray's Creek Conservation Area. A well-respected local farmer, Martin Lang has served on the RRCA Board for the last four years and was first elected Chair in January 2022. He has...

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