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Articles from the July 14, 2022 edition

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  • After Decades Apart – Two World War II Friends Meet Again

    Kaniehtonkie|Jul 14, 2022

    By Kaniehtonkie Imagine meeting someone who left such an indelible mark on your life that you never, ever forgot them. Years passed, which turned into decades which turned into three-quarters of a century. A lifetime. Even when decades had separated one WWII veteran from another, they never forgot each other. They even tried to meet at various times throughout the years, but it always fell through. It has been long enough for one World War II veteran to say, "I don't know why I waited so long...

  • Onondaga Nation, in Unprecedented Land Back Moment, Regains 1,023 Acres of the Land from New York State

    Jul 14, 2022

    The Onondaga Nation will recover more than 1,000 acres of forest lands in the Tully Valley through an historic agreement with New York State and the federal government. This property, identified for restoration and preservation as part of the Onondaga Lake Natural Resource Damages and Restoration process, will now be returned to the care of the Onondaga Nation. “It is with great joy that the Onondaga Nation welcomes the return of the first substantial acreage of its ancestral homelands. The Nation can now renew its stewardship obligations to re...

  • Akwesasne Wellness Week - 2022

    Jul 14, 2022

    The Community of Akwesasne participated in 2022 Akwesasne Wellness Week. This year's Wellness week was sponsored by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, and Wholistic Health and Wellness. The week runs from Monday, July 11th to Thursday, July 14th, 2022, in various locations across Akwesasne. On Monday activities included Superhero Obstacle Course with Iakwa'shatste, Salve Making Workshop with Snipe Clan Botanicals, and a Children's Tea Party. On Tuesday, July 12...

  • Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Summer Intern Spotlight

    Jul 14, 2022

    Ethan Thomas, Communications Department Intern The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is proud to provide employment opportunities for high school and college students through the Department of Education's Summer Youth and Career Internship Employment Program. To help report on this initiative, we are proud to share the following information on work summer students are doing through their internships, which provides placement in areas specific to their chosen career path. Ethan, son of Courtney and...


    Jul 14, 2022

    AKWESASNE – Gary R. LaFrance, 51, of Iroquois Village Apartments, passed away Sunday afternoon, July 10, 2022 at Community General Hospital in Syracuse after a brief illness. Gary was born on February 15, 1971 in Syracuse, the son of Barbara (Ireland) LaFrance and the late Alex "Homer" LaFrance. He attended Syracuse City Schools. He enjoyed fishing, watching sports, especially following the Washington Football Team, Chicago Black Hawks, and Syracuse Basketball. Additionally, he enjoyed taking h... Full story

  • Plastic Recycling Isn't Effective, as Households Recycle Just 12% of Single-Use Plastic Packaging Per Year, UK Survey Says

    Jul 14, 2022

    By Cristen Hemingway Jaynes. Reprinted with permission from EcoWatch. Environmental organizations Greenpeace and Everyday Plastic have conducted one of the most ambitious voluntary research projects to examine the size of the plastic waste problem in the UK. The results of The Big Plastic Count show that UK households dispose of close to an estimated 100 billion pieces of plastic packaging every year, while recycling only 12 percent of single-use packaging, reported The Independent. Most of the plastic waste came from packaging for food and...

  • Oncologist Dr. "Vel" Returns to Center for Cancer Care, Potsdam

    Jul 14, 2022

    POTSDAM, NY – St. Lawrence Health is pleased to announce the return of dual board-certified Oncologist Velmalia Matthews-Smith, MD, to the Center for Cancer Care at Canton-Potsdam Hospital, 50 Leroy Street, Potsdam. Dr. Matthews-Smith is certified by the American Board of Internal Medicine in both Internal Medicine and Medical Oncology. She earned her medical degrees from Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA; and the University of South Alabama, Mobile, AL, where she also finished a r...

  • Canadian Mental Health Service Award

    Jul 14, 2022

    On Monday, June 27th, 2022, the Annual Mental Health Service Award was presented to various media outlets. The presentation was done through 'zoom' and actual awards were later presented in person. The award was in recognition of the commitment and significant contributions made to the mental health movement in the communities of Cornwall, Akwesasne and surrounding area. Indian Time Newspaper is honored to be one of several recipients receiving this award....

  • Akwesasne Elders Ice Cream Social

    Jul 14, 2022

    Tuesday, July 26, 2022 1:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Generations Park Any questions, please contact Emily Tarbell at 518 495 7031 Free Event (Caregivers and companions welcome) GAMES PRIZES AND MUSIC BY ROGER MITCHELL...

  • Road to Healing: Deb Haaland pledges boarding school truths will be uncovered

    Jul 14, 2022

    By Mary Annette Pember. ANADARKO, Oklahoma – A journey like no other began at last Saturday for survivors of U.S. Indian boarding schools. Young and old, descendants and survivors, crowded into the gymnasium of Riverside Indian School in Anadarko, Oklahoma, to share their experiences as the kickoff to U.S. Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s Road to Healing tour. Until now, former boarding school students were largely ignored, forced to survive brutality and separation from family, culture and language, and deal with childhood traumas as best the...

  • SRMT Environment Division Conducting Shoreline Cleanup Training

    Jul 14, 2022

    AKWESASNE -- The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s (SRMT) Environment Division, in conjunction with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, are providing notification that Shoreline Contaminant Assessment Technique (SCAT) Training will be held with the U.S. Coast Guard, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and other regional response organizations from Ohiarihkó:wa/July 13-15, 2022, in the Akwesasne community. The SCAT Training is designed to enhance partnering agency’s ability to document and respond to any shoreline cont...

  • The Covenant Chain

    Jul 14, 2022

    Continued from last week GAVE A BELT (National Archives of Canada, RG 10, Vol. 1820, p. 276-290) In this speech are elements of several streams: the relationship of “Brethren” between the British in North America and the Haudenosaunee; the distinction between “the Kings subjects” and the Haudenosaunee; the duality or two-sidedness of the council (“on our parts…”); the paternal benevolence of the King: the hoped-for eternal nature of the Chain. Each of these streams is to be found in almost all other councils between the Crown and the Haudenosa...

  • Kahsenna'shòn:'a

    Jul 14, 2022

    1. Ionkwahsenní:ios We have nice names 2. Ionkwahsennaién:ton ne Onkwehonwehnéha We have names in our Native language 3. Tetitewá:kerahkh ne onkwahsenna'ón:we! Let us revive our genuine names! 4. Tsitewátst ne onkwahsenna'ón:we! Let us use our genuine names! 5. É:so ò:ni thona'téntewe entsiokwathón:te'ne ne onkwawén:na We can hear part of our language come back 6. Kwáh ken'nikahsén:na onkwahwatsirakónhshon nikiawé:non Quite a few names can be found within our family 7. Enwá:ton ò:ni tsiá:ta nik...

  • Indian Time Salutes Secondary and Post Secondary Graduates

    Jul 14, 2022

    Name: Kendra Jane Tarbell Hometown: Akwesasne School: Salmon River Central School Parents: Will & Tina Tarbell Future Plans: Kendra will be attending SUNY Canton For Nursing...

  • Response to New Skatepark article from Kawehno:ke resident

    Jul 14, 2022

    How wonderful that approximately 100 skateboarders from all 3 districts (according to MCA’s Ec. Dev. Dept.) get a new Skateboarding Park at the A’nowara’ko:wa Arena. How about the other 14,900 other community members that don’t get to use the half-done 5/8 mile walking/bike path at the Arena. The uncompleted walking path should have been the priority to finish before any skateboarding park. It was almost completed in 2018 according to MCA’s Ec. Dev. Dept, but the Arena had a fire and the money set aside to complete (or almost complete)...

  • Cornwall Hospital Managing Emergency Department Pressures

    Jul 14, 2022

    Cornwall Community Hospital is warning of longer than usual Emergency Department wait times amid a province-wide surge in patient volumes, staffing shortages and lack of available beds. The months of May and June saw the highest number of visits to the Cornwall Community Hospital’s (CCH) Emergency Department in 5 years, all while the hospital simultaneously deals with a shortage of available healthcare staff and emergency physicians, and a lack of available beds due to rising numbers of long-stay Alternate Level of Care (ALC) patients. The r...

  • SLCPHD Dept Reports First Raccoon to Test Positive for Rabies in 2022

    Jul 14, 2022

    The St. Lawrence County Public Health Department (SLCPHD) urges residents to take precautions as the first confirmed case of rabies in a raccoon has been reported in our County this year. Routine surveillance by the USDA (U.S Department of Agriculture) led to the detection of a rabid raccoon in the town of Norfolk. The raccoon was found dead on the side of the road and was submitted to the New York State Department of Health Laboratory for testing as a part of the routine surveillance that is done by the USDA. What is Rabies? Rabies is a...

  • Generations Park Hosts Bike Rodeo

    Jul 14, 2022

    By Ethan Thomas, SRMT Communications Summer Intern. AKWESASNE – On Wednesday, Ohiarihkó:wa/July 6th, a Bike Rodeo was held at the Travis Solomon Memorial Lacrosse Box and pavilion located at Generations Park. The event took place from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and offered something for people of all ages -- from a helmet fitting to bicycle repairs for anyone who needed help maintaining their bikes. A raffle was held at the family event for some lucky winners to select a donated bicycle of their ch...


    Jul 14, 2022

    Jessica Raspitha, Land Resources Program Manager The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division, in collaboration with the SUNY Potsdam Department of Environmental Studies, have planned a biocontrol beetle release this week to combat local populations of purple loosestrife. Purple loosestrife is an invasive wetland plant that can quickly overtake native plant populations, threatening the availability of traditional medicine species and decreasing the biodiversity and function of our wetland...

  • NASA Releases First Ever Webb Space Telescope Photos

    Jul 14, 2022

    NASA's James Webb Space Telescope has delivered the deepest and sharpest infrared image of the distant universe so far. Webb's First Deep Field is galaxy cluster SMACS 0723, and it is teeming with thousands of galaxies – including the faintest objects ever observed in the infrared. Webb's image is approximately the size of a grain of sand held at arm's length, a tiny sliver of the vast universe. The combined mass of this galaxy cluster acts as a gravitational lens, magnifying more distant g...

  • Mental Health Matters - Grief

    Jul 14, 2022

    In the past two years, many of us have experienced grief related to the pandemic. Maybe it was grief associated to the loss of a job or the loss of a loved one. Grief is part of being human, but that doesn't mean we have to go through the journey alone. What is grief? Grief (also called bereavement) is the experience of loss. Many people associate grief with the death of an important person or pet. However, people experience grief after any important loss that affects their life, such as the...

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Launches 988

    Jul 14, 2022

    25 has been designated as the new three-digit dialing code that will route callers to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. While some areas may be currently able to connect to the Lifeline by dialing 988, this dialing code will be available to everyone across the United States starting on July 16, 2022. When people call, text, or chat 988, they will be connected to trained counselors that are part of the existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline network. These trained counselors will listen, understand how their problems are...

  • Take Precautions Against UV Rays This Summer

    Jul 14, 2022

    MASSENA, NY – Summer in the North Country is celebrated with flip-flops, swimming, and outdoor gatherings and projects, which also lead to sun exposure and many unwanted sunburns and sun damage. Having options to protect our skin from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays has come a long way in the past several years. As St. Lawrence Health medical providers discuss the risks associated with UV exposure with their patients, more and more people have moved away from the days of lathering up with b...

  • NYS Department of Health (NYSDOH) Update: Monkeypox in New York State – July 2022

    Jul 14, 2022

    As of July 11, 2022, a total of 238 confirmed orthopoxvirus/monkeypox cases - a designation established by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - have been identified with 223 in New York City, 7 in Westchester County, 4 in Suffolk County, 1 in Nassau County, 1 in Sullivan County, 1 in Chemung County, and 1 in Rockland County. Monkeypox is a rare, viral infection that does not usually cause serious illness. However, it can result in hospitalization or death. That's why health...

  • First Case of Orthopoxvirus/Monkeypox in St. Lawrence County No Risk to County Residents

    Jul 14, 2022

    Canton, NY – St. Lawrence County Public Health Director Jolene Munger and County Administrator Ruth Doyle announce that a county resident has been diagnosed with Orthopoxvirus/Monkeypox. Testing for orthopoxvirus was conducted at the NYS’s Wadsworth Center Laboratory. This confirmed case is limited to one individual who has not had any contact with anyone locally and poses no risk to county residents. Those who experience symptoms consistent with monkeypox, such as characteristic rashes or lesions, should contact their health care provider for...

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