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Articles from the March 24, 2011 edition


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  • Tribe plans referendum on casino expansion

    Shannon Burns|Mar 24, 2011

    The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe announced Wednesday that a community referendum will be held on the proposed expansion at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. The $75 million project includes plans to construct a 7-story hotel as well as relocate the Mohawk Bingo Palace to the casino. At community meetings, tribal members requested ssthat a referendum vote be held asking the tribal membership if they approve of the expansion, as the SMRT will be incur a significant debt. Tribal Council was criticized in the past for making large purchases without...

  • Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department Awards

    Mar 24, 2011

    The men and women volunteers of the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department held an awards ceremony and banquet this past weekend to thank the members for their past year of hard work. This year’s award recipients included Randy Mitchell (Firefighter of the Year), Kevin “Sturge” Lazore (Officer of the Year), and Ernie Cree (Rookie of the Year). Jason McDonald was the emcee for the event, adding humorous stories to the awards as each was presented. Below are the awards handed out at this...

  • Farewell planned for Cornwall rinks

    Shannon Burns|Mar 24, 2011

    Cornwall’s two community ice rinks will have their last public skating session Sunday in preparation for both facilities to close. The Si Miller Arena (formerly the Water Street Arena) and the Bob Turner Memorial Centre are being closed by the City of Cornwall as a new massive sports complex - the Benson Centre - will be ready in time for the next ice season. Generations of Akwesasne athletes enjoyed both arenas and the Water Street Arena was home to many Akwesasne lacrosse and hockey teams over the past 75 years. The arena was built in 1936. T...

  • Lottery winner!

    Mar 24, 2011

    Courtney King of Akwesasne was the excited winner of close to $80,000 from the New York State Lottery last Thursday . King purchased a Take 5 lottery ticket for $5 from Speedway Convenience Store in Hogansburg and likely forgot about it by the time Speedway was notified a winning ticket had been purchased from their store. “My sister came over saying she went to Speedway and they had a big winner,” King said. “(She said) here’s the winning numbers, check your ticket! So I went to my car and got...

  • Students raise money for water wells in India

    Mar 24, 2011

    Submitted On March 22nd, schools all across Canada took part in the National Walk For Water event to raise money and awareness for the well-building project. Kana:takon School proudly took part in this nationwide event. Students and staff collected over $1300 before the walk began! As students walked through the village of St. Regis, they collected another $600 in donations from MCA employees at Kanonkwatseri:io, AMPS, Indian Time Newspaper, CKON, Area Management Board, JUSTICE, and the MCA...

  • Alex A. David

    Mar 24, 2011

    CORNWALL ISLAND – Mr. Alex A. David, age 73, of 29 James Lane, passed away on Saturday evening, March 19, 2011 at Ottawa General Hospital, where he had been admitted on Thursday. He had recently been in failing health. Alex was born February 6, 1938 in St. Regis, Quebec, the son of Andrew and Annie Jacobs David. He attended Spanish school and schools on Cornwall Island. He married Shirley Jacobs in 1962, which ended in divorce. Alex was an ironworker with Local #33 in Rochester for many years u...

  • In Memory Carl K. Hillyard

    Mar 24, 2011

    In Memory Carl K. Hillyard 5/15/31-3/30/10 Carl always enjoyed visiting friends and family at Akwesasne. Some of his happiest days were spent fishing in the St. Regis and St. Lawrence Rivers. Many thanks to family and friends for all your love and support this past year. Love, wife Barbara, sons, Randy, Tim and families...

  • Niawen

    Mar 24, 2011

    To: Each and every one Lucky Me, Knowing you At just the right moment At just the perfect time Just when I really needed to know There were still caring and big-hearted people in this world, You came through. SO THANKFUL FOR YOU. The family of Calvin L. Hart Renee, Colton, Quintana, Aliana, Cali...

  • To the community of Akwesasne

    Mar 24, 2011

    To the community of Akwesasne, Thanks to all those that attended the recent fundraiser for our brother Davey King. Thanks to our sister-cousins, Donna and Elaine, Lori, Missy and our drivers, Larry and Albert. To all friends of the family who contributed to the raffles, thanks so much. Your generous donations of baskets, and raffle items made the evening fun and exciting. Thanks to Ceely and Aunt Annie for your donation of the beautiful quilts. Roger put all his tickets in one basket to win one! Thanks to Aunt Mary and family (the Kardashians)...

  • CONGRATULATIONS!

    Mar 24, 2011

    CONGRATULATIONS! The winner of the wooden varnish CD holder raffled by the Kana:takon School Fund-Raising Committee was Mike Thompson of Cornwall Island. All proceeds will go toward the grades 7/8 end of the year class field trips and student activity fund. We are grateful to Tracy King for donating this awesome shelf. Special thanks to everyone in the community who purchased tickets. Nia-wen to the following students who sold tickets: Leo Delormier-8A Dallas Thompson-7A Submitted by Lana King and Dan Cook, Fund-Raising Comm...

  • Niawen

    Mar 24, 2011

    Niawen From the family of the late Roy L. Martin, we would like to sincerely thank everyone who walked with us during our last days with Roy, the prayers, kind words, donations, time and effort that help us get through this. We feel so honored that so many put their arms around us to hold us from falling, we can’t begin to thank everyone for everything that was done on our behalf. NIAWEN...

  • Niawenkowa!

    Mar 24, 2011

    Niawenkowa! On behalf of Akwesasne Eagle Watch, we’d like to thank everyone who generously purchased a lasagna lunch to benefit drug free activities for our community. Also, many people simply made donations, which is also very much appreciated. Finally to all the Eagle ladies, especially Flo, niawenkowa – the lasagna was awesome! Niawenkowa! Don’t forget to get your signs in for the design a sign contest! We already have some great submissions and if you’d like, you can contact AEW to arrange for your submissions to be picked up! -Akwesa...

  • Niawen:kowa

    Mar 24, 2011

    Niawen:kowa, I would like to send a big thank you out to the Akwesasne Soaring Eagles for hosting the March Madness volleyball camp. I had an awesome week learning some new techniques, brushing up on basic skills and finally mastering my approach. A special thanks to Kanastatsi, Chelsea, Megan, Frankie and of course the Cook for preparing our nutritious food. I had soooo… much fun and look forward to next year! Tianna Back...

  • Niawen

    Mar 24, 2011

    On Saturday March 19th a fundraiser was held at Three Feathers Internet Cafe in support of Japan disaster relief. People were able to buy donated baked goods, smoothies, and raffle tickets for a kimono dress. The event was a sure success, raising over $700. All proceeds will go to “Doctors Without Borders” organization. Thank- you to all those who contributed. Special thanks to Three Feathers Cafe for giving us a place to set up. Becky Smoke and Niio Perkins for donating a kimono dress and making raffle tickets. Racine Johnson, Jade Gabri who...

  • Letter to editor

    Mar 24, 2011

    March 18, 2011 Letter to the Editor, I would like to think that people here and or community members can speak their minds without the inference to groups or factions of sorts when we attend tribal meetings. We should be very pleased that we have been getting great turn outs for the meetings. We should also be pleased that a lot more members of this community are interested in our well being. We need to become as one without being pointed out as factions or groups in this community this only causes separations of people and deteriorates our...

  • Woodland Cultural Centre announces Beauty of Languages Exhibit

    Mar 24, 2011

    Kenkiohkwa…Sewatahonhsi:iohst (People Listen Well) The Beauty of Language transcends time and space. Time because language is so fragile that it can be lost in a matter of one generation and space because those who are able to still speak it are sometimes lost in a demographic sphere of an indigenous land base. All too often, we tend to take our languages for granted and suddenly we come to the realization that there are only fragments of it left. But the Hotinonhson:ni are a confederation of strong nations all bound together by a common p...

  • Assembly of First Nations marks World Water Day on March 22

    Mar 24, 2011

    On Tuesday, March 22, the Assembly of First Nations recognized World Water Day. AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo stated: “World Water Day is an opportunity to make a national commitment to ensuring that First Nations families have safe and clean drinking water. For many First Nations families, it is a daily struggle to get access to clean and adequate supplies of potable water and basic sanitation.” The National Chief noted that the latest figures indicate there are 116 communities with Drinking Water Advisories, representing 18.4% of...

  • SLINGO® Jokers Wild now at Mohawk Bingo Palace

    Mar 24, 2011

    GameTech International, Inc. (Nasdaq: GMTC), a leading supplier of electronic bingo equipment and video lottery terminals announced today that the Mohawk Bingo Palace is the first in the world to offer SLINGO® Jokers Wild, which is a bingo version of Classic SLINGO® designed to bring new excitement to the classic game of session bingo. The Mohawk Bingo Palace, located in Hogansburg, New York, is now operating the latest version of the GameTech EDGE Bingo System™, which allows them to offer electronic and paper versions of SLINGO® Jokers Wild...

  • One last hurrah planned for Si Miller Arena and Bob Turner Memorial Centre

    Mar 24, 2011

    By Cornwall Parks & Recreation As the City of Cornwall makes preparations for the new Benson Centre it is also paying homage to two facilities that have served the community well for many years. In a last hurrah the City’s Recreation Division is inviting everyone to come down to the Si Miller Arena and Bob Turner Memorial Centre for one last opportunity to skate on the ice. “We’re inviting everyone from Royals fans, to kid’s hockey associations, and to those who came to the arenas over the years just to enjoy the ice,” said Mayor Bob Kilger, “T...

  • Weight Loss and Health Secrets with Jason Christoff

    Mar 24, 2011

    If you want to be thin and healthy, you need to avoid these “food like” products. Calling these items “food” is an insult to what real food is. These are cellular poisons, dressed up as food. I need to say two things before I review this list. 1. Don’t be surprised that certain companies, government institutions and other organizations (who profit when you’re dysfunctional) promote some of these choices as healthy for you and your children. These foods are not healthy and I will supply creditable references that these foods are at the root of...

  • The Path to Wellness

    Mar 24, 2011

    Once you realize that you are a candidate for compassion fatigue, or are already suffering its effects, exploring this new awareness can lead to insights concerning past traumas, pain, and defeating behaviors. A common and understandable coping mechanism in care giving is to simply stuff the overwhelming emotions that surface repeatedly in your work. How else can you keep going? Eventually, those emotions refuse to be ignored. All too often, psychological and physical crisis occurs. With support, insightful information, and authentic...

  • Everyone has a Twin

    Mar 24, 2011

    The above image was provided by Grand Chief Mike Mitchell and was taken at a recent meeting hosted by the Assembly of First Nations. During the meeting, the Grand Chief came across an audience member that looked like Akwesasne’s Lonnie Thompson--though slightly older. It wasn’t until he looked several times and got close enough to meet this person that he realized it wasn’t Lonnie. The individual, Dalton Silver, was a Chief from British Columbia, whom after hearing his likeness, wants to meet...

  • Job hunters seek out Akwesasne International Job Fair 2011

    Mar 24, 2011

    With a quick snowstorm dropping from the sky, it was expected that a few hundred people were planning on attending the International Job Fair. No one realized that it would exceed 1,100 participants. Previous smaller recruitment fairs (2-3 employers) held at the Akwesasne Employment Resource Center in the past resulted in standing- room-only volume of participants. Colleen Nolan, AERC Facilitator and Dan Garrow from AAMB came up with the idea that a larger venue with a bigger group of employers...

  • Hair donated to Locks of Love

    Shannon Burns|Mar 24, 2011

    Kaiahtenhatas “Cuppa” Thompson, age 12, recently cut off her long hair and donated it to a cancer patient via the Locks of Love organization. Thompson and her mother went to Today’s Hair & Day Spa in Potsdam, where she agreed to cut off 16 inches of her hair – enough for two wigs. “She said she wanted to donate her hair because her hair grows fast and she’s not sick,” her mother Marlana Thompson said. “The people who are sick with cancer don’t have a choice if they’re going to lose their hair...

  • Water Walk I will do it for the water.

    Mar 24, 2011

    Submitted by Elizabeth F. Nanticoke We, the women, have to raise the spirit of the waters and protect our waters. If we can participate, at least for a part of the walk we should. If we can’t participate as a walker, we definitely should give financial support. AWARENESS This spring, the Mother Earth Water Walkers will walk from four directions, across Turtle Island, carrying four copper pails of four salt waters to Bad River, Wisconsin on the shores of Lake Superior, the very beginning place o...

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