A Voice from the Eastern Door

Articles from the June 30, 2011 edition


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  • Diabetes Center for Excellence becoming a reality

    Kyrie Ransom|Jun 30, 2011

    It was an exciting afternoon as staff of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Let’s Get Healthy Program and Mohawk Healthy Heart Project gathered to share wonderful news with the Akwesasne Community this past Tuesday afternoon. Tribal officials were on hand to announce that the grassroots effort of fundraising has raised enough funds for phase one of the Diabetes Center for Excellence. This announcement demonstrates to the community that dreams do come true when enough people come together for a commo...

  • Bear sighted in Akwesasne

    Kyrie Ransom|Jun 30, 2011

    Rumors began swirling on Facebook Tuesday of a bear sighting in Akwesasne. Descriptions of a mother black bear traveling with her cub, who is reportedly 4-feet-tall, made its way onto the popular social networking website warning residents in the area of McGee Road and the Tribal Police station to keep their children and pets indoors. As of this morning, residents who live in the area have confirmed that the Tribal Police were going door-to-door to warn community members that this is not a hoax. The United States Department of Agriculture Fores...

  • U.S. Claims Underlying title to Islands on Behalf of Mohawks

    James Ransom|Jun 30, 2011

    James Cooney, United States Department of Justice, threw the State of New York for a loop at the June 16, 2011 land claim hearing in Albany when he asserted that underlying title to Barnhart, Baxter, and Long Sault islands rests with the United States on behalf of the Mohawks and not with the State of New York. Cooney asserted that the Mohawk islands were part of the British empire and not part of New York State prior to the War of 1812. When the Treaty of Ghent was signed ending the war between Britain and the United States, the international...

  • Cook family loses possessions in house fire

    Kyrie Ransom|Jun 30, 2011

    Having a baby is a joyous occasion, but while out with family shopping in Massena Karissa Cook received a phone call that would devastate her entire family. The four-bedroom ranch-styled home that she rented from her brother Jacob Cook was on fire, and the fire department had been dispatched to their home a little past 6:00pm on the evening of June 21, 2011. Witnesses reported that flames reached as high as 25ft from the home at the height of the incident as the fire gutted the home. Karissa Cook and her partner Eugene Burk ended up losing ever...

  • Richard Homer Oakes Jr. “Lil Dickie”

    Jun 30, 2011

    Richard Homer Oakes Jr, “Lil’ Dickie,” Wahakennhoten, age 18, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his loving family, on Monday, June 27, 2011. Lil’ Dickie was born on August 9, 1992 in Cornwall, Ontario. The son of Kathleen “Punkin” Terrance and Richard “Dickie” Oakes Sr. He is survived by five brothers: Blaze, Kash, Montana, Blade and Xavier and one sister, Secora, his grandparents Mary Lascelles and Phillip Terrance and Larry and Dana Leigh Thompson, by his grandmother Madeline Oakes...

  • In Memory

    Jun 30, 2011

    Race Car Driver The love of racing is in your blood, The rush you get is what you love. Always there to win and place, Always starting at a lightening pace. Never a loser you are to me, Always a winner you’ll always be. Always at the finish line Always being right on time. A race car driver you are at heart, And always were right from the start. R.I.P. Mitchell Jock-June 30, 2010 Thinking of you always!! Love, Tracy, Junior, Farrah, Jenna & your wild child Jasmine...

  • In Memory

    Jun 30, 2011

    In Memory...

  • Niawen

    Jun 30, 2011

    THANK YOU FOR BENEFIT SPAGHETTI DINNER HELD AT BRASSHORSE LOUNGE A benefit to assist Ronnie Jacobs Jr. was held on Friday, June 24 to help Little Ronnie with travel expenses to attend the “Little People of America Conference” held in Anaheim, California, July l-8th, 2011. Ronnie and his mom, Lori, and dad, Ronnie would like to thank the following people. To Dave Mainville from Brasshorse whose generosity made it all possible. Also Carrie Terrance, New Fresh Express Restaurant staff for the...

  • Niawen

    Jun 30, 2011

    Thank you, When you heard our Baba and husband had gone to a better world, you our family, neighbors and friends were there to console us. To all who attended his wake and funeral, you may have offered your prayers, your condolences or words of encouragement, thank you so much. Whatever you did for us in our time of grief, from the bottom of our hearts we thank you. The family of the late Simon King extends their deepest appreciation to everyone who helped us get through this terrible loss....

  • Niawen

    Jun 30, 2011

    Thank You I would like to say thank you to my family for helping out at my 2nd benefit. My sons had a Stanley-Cup board to sell to help me out. I would like to thank everyone that purchased squares. The winner of that was Kim Chubb of Snye. I was supposed to have my 2nd surgery on June 27th in Burlington, but they delayed it until April of next year. I have to be on Aspirin for 1 year before they can do the second surgery. Thanks again, Theresa Martin...

  • Letter to the editor:

    Jun 30, 2011

    Message to graduating students and their families The Wholistic Health and Wellness Program would like to congratulate all graduating students from high school and colleges. We know that it’s a time to celebrate your achievements. We wish you ALL A SAFE AND JOYFUL SUMMER. Go with your dreams and reach for the stars. Along with graduations, end of school celebrations and summer gatherings, are the parties. You and your teen might be planning a party of your own. You may have mulled over many of the party planning details. Should we have a...

  • Switching Drugs

    Jun 30, 2011

    Solutions to drug addictions are continuously evolving. The growing number of treatment centers, detox facilities, and addiction medications reinforce the ability to achieve recovery. The introduction of Suboxone for drug addictions has become successful in many recovering drug addicts. Suboxone’s primary goal is to treat and relieve the withdrawal symptoms associated with a recovering opioid addict. Traditionally, methadone clinics were a resource for recovering addicts; however, Suboxone for drug addictions has grown in popularity for s...

  • Haudenosaunee News

    Jun 30, 2011

    • The Mohawk Nation Council leadership met with the CBSA Liaison, James D. Marchand on Thursday at 9:30am. Mr. Marchand introduced himself and explained what his duties and responsibilities would be as the new liaison. The leadership explained the problems that the people have experienced and the discriminatory attitudes of some of the CBSA officers. The work of the liaison may become overwhelming; however he is interested in assisting in the resolution of some of these issues. He does realize it will be a big task and knows that continued d...

  • News from around the Nations

    Jun 30, 2011

    Nanatsiavut Inuit, Zoar, Labrador, Canada The remains of 22 Inuit that had been taken from marked graves over 80-years ago were repatriated to their former site at a Moravian mission site. The Nanatsiavut Government worked closely with the Field Museum who had possessed the remains to verify the origins of the remains. The participating parties acknowledge that this repatriation process was marked by mutual respect and cooperation. Colville Reservation, Washington, United States The Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation have seen a...

  • Tewatsirókwas The Firefly

    Jun 30, 2011

    1. Tsi ia’tewatshéntho At sunset 2. Ken’niiaká:’a tewatshirókwas wa’akennákerate. A little firefly was born 3. Wa’tewatenerahontshákwarihte It stretched out its wings 4. Wa’tká:ten tsi niió:re taiora’karahonhákie tsi tkaronhiá:te. It did fly into the darkening sky 5. Wentón:nis ne tewatsirókwas The firefly is lonely 6. Wa’tewani’tonhkwarikhón:ne It flashed its light 7. Iakoia’tíhsaks ne onákia’ke tewatsirókwas It searched for other fireflies 8. Kí:ken tewatsirókwas ontkáhtho tkaháhserote...

  • The Waters

    James Ransom|Jun 30, 2011

    The Lewiston Reservoir In 1950, the United States and Canada signed the International Niagara River Treaty to promote the hydroelectric potential of the river. Eleven years later, in 1961, when the Niagara project produced its first power, it was the largest hydro-power facility in the Western world at the time. It is located about 4 miles downstream from Niagara Falls and consists of two main facilities: the Robert Moses Niagara Power Plant and the Lewiston Pump-Generating Power Plant. In between the two plants is a forebay capable of holding...

  • 6th grade Moving Up Day at Jefferson Elementary School

    Sesi King|Jun 30, 2011

    Blake Lazore with teacher Mr. Sienkovich. Blake earned 5 awards: English Language Arts Student of the Year, Math Student of the Year, Overall Outstanding Student of the Year, nominated by teacher Mr. Sienkovich, the Gold Presidential Award for 90 or above average since grade 4 and Honor Roll – 85 or above. Way to go Blake!...

  • Graduation from the St. Regis Mohawk School

    Sesi King|Jun 30, 2011

    The St. Regis Mohawk School Graduation was on June 17, 2011. It was a beautiful breezy day when no other could have been more perfect for these young people as they were leaving their childhood school. So many of them wore the traditional outfits, some made by moms, aunties and totas. Twelve special ones were made by the students themselves after school. Two boys wore Kastowas that their hands made. So proudly they stood, some with tears as they gave hugs to some teachers and parents....

  • MCHS graduates 182 students

    Kyrie Ransom|Jun 30, 2011

    Massena Central High School held their graduation ceremony this past Saturday afternoon in their high school gymnasium. The ceremony began with the processional march with the high school band playing the music. This segued into the high school chorus performing the National Anthem and Massena Alma Mater after the Pledge of Allegiance. Speeches were given by the Salutatorian and Valedictorian before the Presentation of Diplomas by Superintendent Roger Clough. It was an emotional time as both...

  • Salmon River Central School CLASS OF 2011

    Jun 30, 2011

    1. Stevie Ray Adams 2. Storm Adams 3. Rakenhoktha Barnes 4. Jessica Beach 5. Theresa Benedict 6. William Benko 7. Brittany Bigness 8. Stephanie Boardway 9. Brandon Bouvia 10. Samantha Chartier 11. Christopher Coates 12. Lindsey Collins 13. Nancy Cook 14. Bryan Croft 15. Kevin Davey 16. Dustin David 17. Sierra Delormier 18. Tia Disotell 19. Dylan Durant 20. Derek Dustin 21. Jordan Fleury 22. Nicholas Fleury 23. Adam Francis 24. Alicia Francis 25. Erica Francis 26. Faith Francis 27. Savannah...

  • A span of 50 years of marriage strengthens love – congratulations!

    Sesi King|Jun 30, 2011

    Fifty years ago on the very hot day of July 1, 1961 a sacred unity occurred between Elizabeth Jackson and Mitchell Sunday. This couple is one of Ahkwesashsne’s most fun loving and dear people for sure. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to meet this couple knows that their bond is made up of friendship and respect over the course of many years. Father White oversaw Mitch and Liz’s blessed union in a wedding ceremony at the St. Regis Catholic Church. The wedding party included Shirley Jac...

  • Aboriginal Day was FUN Day in Kana:takon

    Jun 30, 2011

    The St. Regis Recreation in Kana:takon celebrated Aboriginal Day and the first day of summer on June 21 with a community Fun Day that was free and open to the entire community. Over 200 people enjoyed the sunshine and festive activities at the event, sliding down waterslides, having their faces painted, having water balloon popping contests, and simply enjoying the outdoors. Roger Mitchell provided musical entertainment while Belly Buttons the Clown was the focus of many children as she made...

  • Child Safety Awareness Day at HAVFD

    Kyrie Ransom|Jun 30, 2011

    Our peoples’ most important resource is our children; this is a fundamental concept that has been taught by our people as we look to protect our next seven generations. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Health Services Outreach Department scheduled a four-hour workshop open to the Akwesasne community. This gave parents and their children the opportunity to learn how to prevent disaster from striking in their lives. Bike Helmet Safety A Community Health Representative was on hand to demonstrate the...

  • Aboriginal Summer Solstice Arts Festival

    Jun 30, 2011

    The Hotinonhson:ni cultural youth group Karlee Thompson, Chanel Thompson, Kawisenhawi Sharrow, Tianna Back, Fawn Jacobs, Gavin Jacobs, Kyla thompson, Honni David and Morgan White-Cree were given an opportunity of a life time on June 17-19th when they participated in the 2011' Summer Solctice aboriginal arts festival in honour of National aboriginal day. This event provided families an unique opportunity to experience and celbrate the diversity of aborigianl cultures in and around the Ottawa...

  • Pete Seeger/Joanne Shenandoah Pay Homage to Ray Fadden-Tehanetorens at Clearwater

    Doug George Kanentiio|Jun 30, 2011

    Folksinger and environment protector Pete Seeger, 92, joined Oneida performer Joanne Shenandoah to pay homage to the late Ray Fadden-Tehanetorens as one of the great teachers of the 20th century. Fadden was acknowledged as one of the early environmentalists who inspired generations of Mohawks as a teacher, writer and outspoken advocate for the rights of the natural world. Seeger said he had visited with Fadden a number of times beginning in the 1940’s when the Mohawks had a performing group w...

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