A Voice from the Eastern Door

Articles from the November 21, 2013 edition


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  • Tribe Supports Emily Lauzon's Bid for Salmon River School Board

    Nov 21, 2013

    The Salmon River School Board is holding a special election on December 3, 2013. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe encourages voter participation in support of the candidate representing Akwesasne. Emily Lauzon has thirteen years of experience as a board member for the Salmon River Central School District. She believes in the importance of having Native representation on the Board of Education to ensure our children and families’ voices are part of decisions made on behalf of our district. Emily strongly emphasizes the importance of strengthening t...

  • Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Represented at Tribal Nations Conference 2013

    Nov 21, 2013

    The White House hosted Tribal Leaders at the 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference in Washington, DC on November 13, 2013. Chief Beverly Cook represented the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe at an event leading to President Obama committing to visit Indian Country next year. The President recognized the "unique legal and political relationship, one that's been affirmed many times in treaties, in statutes and in the Constitution." In the President's opening statement, he acknowledged members of the...

  • Three Feathers Trial Underway

    Andy Gardner|Nov 21, 2013

    After months of setbacks and delays, the Three Feathers Casino trial is underway in Albany. Anthony Laughing Sr., 66, William Roger Jock, 52, and Thomas Angus Square, all of Akwesasne, and Joseph Hight, 44, Atlanta, Ga. are accused of running an illegal gambling venture on Indian land and illegal transportation of gaming devices on Indian land. They were also accused in a separate state indictment with stealing at least $200,000 worth of electricity from National Grid. At the heart of the trial is whether or the People of the Way of the...

  • Christmas Enchantment at Snye Recreation - Part 1

    Rachelle Garrow Hayes|Nov 21, 2013

    There's something enchanting about Christmas trees, they can signify the celebration and take us into a magical realm. The Festival of Trees kicked off the holiday season last weekend with the sparkle and glow of beautifully decorated themed Christmas trees and gifts under the trees. Christmas Enchantment is one of the primary fund raising events for the Snye Recreation. Individuals, families or businesses sign up to donate a Christmas tree that they decorate, buy or make gifts to go with the...

  • Christmas Enchantment at Snye Recreation - Part 2

    Nov 21, 2013

    Here are additional pictures....

  • Christmas Enchantment at Snye Recreation - Part 3

    Nov 21, 2013

    Dora The Explorer-donated by Snye Rec. (decorated by Lorraine Bero). Won by Michelle Smoke Blue Quilt donated by Kawenoke Recreation. Won by Esther David NerfTree donated by Bentley Gray. Won by Mary Gray Heart to Heart Fitness Tree donated by Tarbell Management Group. Won by Betty Ransom Bears Den, Papa Johns, Tim Hortons donated by Tarbell Management Group. Won by Karen Benedict Hello Kitty donated by Caldwell Family. Won by Melissa Hastings Sleigh & Reindeer with Toys donated by Snye...

  • SRCS Blood Drive

    Nov 21, 2013

    SRCS Blood Drive...

  • Task Force to Examine the Impact of Violence on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Co-Chaired by Joanne Shenandoah

    Nov 21, 2013

    (November 13, 2013) Attorney General Eric Holder announced the first public hearing of a new task force to examine the impact of exposure to violence on American Indian and Alaska Native children. Joining President Obama and other officials at the Department of the Interior for the White House Tribal Nations Conference, Attorney General Holder shared the announcement with leaders from the 566 federally recognized tribes and emphasized the Justice Department's long-standing collaboration with...

  • MURIEL G. GRAY - "Beedy"

    Nov 21, 2013

    AKWESASNE - Muriel Gertrude "Beedy" Gray, 69, of 43B Oakes Road, Akwesasne, passed away peacefully in her sleep, at home, after fighting a battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday November 15, 2013. Beedy was born October 13, 1944 in Brooklyn, New York to the late Louise Martin Serra. Beedy attended the High School of Art and design in New York City and attended Glendale Community College earning a BA in English. She married George G. Gray on April 22, 1962 that ended in divorce. Beedy worked in...

  • ALEXANDER BERO

    Nov 21, 2013

    AKWESASNE – Mr. Alexander Bero, age 81, of State Route 37, passed away Monday morning, November 18, 2013 at the Franklin County Nursing Home, where he had been patient since September 17th. Alexander was born July 13, 1932 in Bombay, the son of the late Peter and Agatha "Harriet" Cole Bero. He was raised in the St. Joseph's Orphanage in Ogdensburg, before coming back to the reservation and lived with Louis and Anna Lazore and their sons. He attended schools in Ogdensburg and on the r...

  • MARGARET RANSOM

    Nov 21, 2013

    AKWESASNE – Mrs. Margaret Tekawonake Lazore Ransom, age 93, of Leo Swamp Road, peacefully passed away Tuesday evening, November 19, 2013 at her home with her loving family by her side. Margaret was born January 18, 1920 on Christi Island, Quebec, the daughter of the late Martin and Christie Peters Lazore and a member of the Snipe Clan. She attended the Hogansburg Convent School. On September 26, 1939, she married Alexander Atsennaienton Ransom at the St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. Michael J...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Nov 21, 2013

    As a result of the use of PCBs at the industrial facilities located in the Town of Massena, the people of the Akwesasne Reserve and St. Lawrence County have received harmful exposures to this group of chemicals. PCBs are some of the most well studied chemicals belonging to the large group of chemical substances referred to as persistent organic pollutants (POPs). Over the course of the past several decades a great quantity of scientific knowledge has accumulated on the damages to health imposed by exposure to PCBs and the other POPs. In 2010,...

  • Unveiling of the Annual Poinsettia Memory Tree & Family Christmas Sing-A-Long

    Nov 21, 2013

    Set for Saturday, December 21, 2013. The Poinsettia Memory Tree is a beautiful tribute to honor the memory of the Folks who have lived and were loved by the caring staff at Tsiionkwanonhso:te (Long Term Care) facility. We invite you to participate and purchase a poinsettia plant in memory of a loved one. Fresh poinsettia plants are arranged to form a live memory tree, which is displayed in the Lobby at Tsiionkwanonhso:te. Your $20 donation will purchase a poinsettia plant for the live memory tree. Look for envelopes with a picture of the Poinse...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Nov 21, 2013

    The Fiduciary Obligations of the Mohawk Councils: Free the Mohawk Three For those who study the laws of nations there is a specific provision which allows the governing entities to administer to the needs of those they represent. It is rooted in the most important parts of a democracy and is referred to as “fiduciary” responsibilities. It is the ultimate source of power for anyone in authority in a free society. Fiduciary duties can also apply in personal affairs or in contracts. It means that one party agrees to give to another sufficient auth...

  • Niawen Kowa,

    Nov 21, 2013

    Niawen Kowa, I wish to thank the family and friends who showed their support at the fund raising event held October 16th at the HAVFD station 1. Heartfelt thank you to everyone who worked hard for my benefit roast dinner! It was delicious! The monetary donations are really appreciated. The items for the auction as well as the beautiful hand made raffle items were most appreciated. I know who participated in this event and I will never forget your kindness. Be assured the money will be going to medical costs and ONLY medical costs. Charlie...

  • Thank You

    Nov 21, 2013

    Indian Time staff sends out a big Niawen to Shannon Burns for thinking of us and sending over a delicious treat. We sure enjoyed it....

  • Studio 162 Supports Renewal House with Fundraiser

    Rachelle Garrow Hayes|Nov 21, 2013

    On Saturday, November 17, Studio 162 held its second annual fundraiser to benefit the St. Lawrence Valley Renewal House in Canton. The full service salon and spa's co-owners, Stacy Arquiett and Angela Frost, organized the event as a way to give back to the community. "Last year was our first year in this building so we had a really big open house. We decided that instead of it being about us we wanted to help out the community. We looked at a lot of programs and fell in love with the program at...

  • Salmon River Elementary Celebrates Native American Day

    Nov 21, 2013

    Salmon River Elementary Celebrates Native American Day...

  • Salmon River Middle School Students of the Month

    Nov 21, 2013

    Submitted by Molly Gushea Students at the Salmon River Middle School are participating in the Student of the Month Program. The program is based on the featured character trait from the book of the month. The books of the month are chosen based on content that addresses human feelings and encourages the human universal values of empathy and caring. The character trait identified for September was Cooperation. Chelsea Sunday from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency...

  • November is Crime Prevention Month

    Samantha McMillon Wilkinson|Nov 21, 2013

    Cst. Rob White, Community Service and Support Officer for AMPS, and Cpl. Cynthia Lord, RCMP Liaison with AMPS, were recently at Kanonhkwatsheri:io to raise awareness about services they offer. They handed out pamphlets on Victim Services of S. D. G. & A., Sexual Assault, Elder Abuse, Streetproofing and more. "We are community service officers on a daily basis," said Cynthia. "We do it every day," said Rob. This year's theme for Crime Prevention Month is "Engaging the Youth." Cynthia and Rob are...

  • Elders and Students Get Preview of Christmas Enchantment

    Samantha McMillon Wilkinson|Nov 21, 2013

    On Friday morning, the Snye Recreation Christmas Enchantment held an invitation only event for school children and Elders. Students from the Kanatakon School, AMS and the Tsi Snaihne School got first chance at the beautiful trees up for grabs, and were then treated to cookies and milk. Mae Green said about 300 kids attended. At 11:30 Elders from Iakhihsohtha, Tsiionkwanonhsote and all four districts got their chance to preview the beautiful trees and were then treated to corn soup, biscuits and...

  • The Eagle Meets the Condor to Discuss Indigenous Water Rights

    Nov 21, 2013

    By Kahneratokwas Lorraine Gray and other founders and board members of the Four Bridges Traveling Permaculture Institute, organized a service learning trip to Bolivia in January of 2013 to unite students in sustainability programs with youth organizations in Bolivia. Organizers and students met with Jathe, managed by Marcelino Machicado, and Fundacion Abril (April Foundation) co-founded by Oscar Olivera. These meetings were the ground work for developing partnerships and future projects that...

  • Mohawk Lesson

    Nov 21, 2013

    Mohawk Lesson...

  • Crazy Hat Day Celebrated for National Aboriginal Addiction Awareness Week

    Nov 21, 2013

    Crazy Hat Day Celebrated for National Aboriginal Addiction Awareness Week...

  • Light the Way to Hope Walk Kicks Off National Aboriginal Addiction Awareness Week

    Samantha McMillon Wilkinson|Nov 21, 2013

    On Monday night, with an escort from Tribal Police, dozens of people braved the wind and took part in the Light the Way to Hope Walk. This event was part of National Aboriginal Addiction Awareness Week activities. Tammy Mitchell from Wholistic Health was an organizer of the event and said, "This event is for anyone who has been affected by addiction." The walk was open to the public and for all ages. Participants walked from the St. Regis Mohawk School to the Seniors Center at about 4:30pm. At...

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