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Articles from the April 9, 2020 edition


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  • SRMT State of Emergency Operational Briefing

    Apr 9, 2020

    (April 6, 2020) In response to the COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Pandemic, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe continues to implement protective measures to ensure the ongoing health, safety and well-being of the Akwesasne community at-large. To follow are the latest measures and protocols we are taking in coordination with the SRMT Emergency Operations Center. For any emergency-related matters, please call the EOC at (518) 320-0019 or email eoc@srmt-nsn.gov. REPORTED COVID-19 CASES: Akwesasne Community: (source: Franklin County Public Health...

  • Iakwashatste Youth Fitness Family Home Wellness Challenge Wraps Up

    Apr 9, 2020

    Akwesasne had 28 energetic and fun families participate in the Iakwashatste Youth Fitness Family Home Wellness Challenge. The Challenge wrapped up on Friday April 3, 2020 with a live Facebook video on Iakwashatste's page to thank all families that participated and to announce the three grand prize winners. Every family that completed a challenge in the 15-day program was eligible for an entry and a prize. Each challenge a family completed earned them an extra ballot in the drawing. Grand prize...

  • Kahnawà:ke Develops Solid Support Structure at onset COVID-19 Pandemic

    Apr 9, 2020

    By Kaniehtonkie On April 6, 2020, the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke COVID-19 Pandemic Task Force (MCKPTF) issued a press release “reminding the general public that ALL STORES ARE CLOSED TO NON-COMMUNITY MEMBERS at this time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This includes all tobacco stores on the Territory”. Referencing the MCK Kahnawà:ke Emergency Preparedness Law, “Every person who contravenes any provision of this Kahnawà:ke Communal Law, or incites a person to do so, is guilty of an offence and liable to a fine of not more than $1,000 in the c...

  • With skyrocketing COVID-19 cases, St. Lawrence County sheriff warns no one should travel for non-essential reasons

    Apr 9, 2020

    By Andy Gardner CANTON. On the heels of an announcement that St. Lawrence County has the fastest growth of COVID-19 cases in the entire state, the sheriff has issued an advisory that no one in the county should be traveling for non-essential purposes. At the Monday, April 6 St. Lawrence County legislature meeting, Dr. Andrew Williams said the county went from one COVID-19 case on March 25 to 63 on the day he spoke. County officials reported 70 cases by Tuesday, April 7. “At least as of this morning, St. Lawrence County has the most rapidly g...

  • Akwesasne – staying safe, healthy and taking care of one another

    Apr 9, 2020

    Akwesasronon have a long, long tradition of taking care of one another. Here are a few photos of our front line workers. Hats off to you all!...

  • High school seniors at Massena, Salmon River and elsewhere will be eligible for graduation without passing Regents tests

    Andy Gardner|Apr 9, 2020

    By Andy Gardner Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New York State Education Department is making changes so high school students can earn a diploma. The news comes a day after it was announced that the June Regents exams have been cancelled. On Tuesday, April 7, the department announced changing the requirements for student graduation. Students who would have taken one or more Regents in June 2020 will be exempted from passing the exams in order to get their diplomas. To qualify for the exemption, students must meet one of the following...

  • HOW TO SELF MONITOR FOR COVID-19 SYMPTOMS

    Apr 9, 2020

    If you have been in contact with someone who is sick or even if you feel healthy, do a personal health check several times a day and watch for symptoms. • Take temperature with a thermometer at least 2 times a day and keep a log. • Watch for symptoms such as fever of 100.4 or higher, respiratory illness (cough, sore throat, runny nose, shortness of breath), fatigue, chills, or muscle aches. Protect others and stay home. Do not allow visitors in your house. Wash your hands often and for 20 seconds. If you exhibit symptoms contact the SRMT Com...

  • COMMUNITY NOTICE

    Apr 9, 2020

    For Immediate Release: Onehrahtókha/April 7, 2020 MCA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH COMMUNITY UPDATE April 7, 2020, 4:00pm The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Department of Health is providing the following updates to the Akwesasne community. New Updates: • Dr. Danielle Dubuc’s Optometry Office remains closed at this time, however, staff are checking their messages daily. If a community member is having an eye emergency please call Akwesasne Non-Insured Health Benefit to be referred to the emergency on-call referral optometrists in Cornwall. Akwesasne Non...

  • Correction

    Apr 9, 2020

    An article in the Thursday, April 2 edition of Indian Time titled “MCA Health: Keep following social distancing, handwashing guidance” incorrectly identified the head of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Community Health Program. Her name is Cindy Francis-Mitchell. Indian Time regrets the error....

  • MCA Department of Health Welcomes New Doctor

    Apr 9, 2020

    (April 6, 2020) The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne's Department of Health is welcoming a new physician to the Primary Care team as part of the Wholistic Health and Wellness Program's medical clinics for the next 12 weeks. Dr. Keith Morgan is certified with the College of Family Physicians of Canada, specializing in Sports Medicine. He will be offering clinics two days a week through the Ontario Telemedicine Network, with appointments scheduled through the Akwesasne Medical Clinic. A graduate of...

  • Citizens Advocates Offers Free Mental Health Support to First Responders

    Andy Gardner|Apr 9, 2020

    By Andy Gardner Citizen Advocates is offering free mental health services to healthcare workers and first responders coping with the stress brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. This service is available by telephone or via the tele-mental health platform offered locally by trained and certified staff through Citizen Advocates Behavioral Health Division. “The daily stress of responding to COVID-19 can take an enormous emotional and physical toll on Healthcare Workers and First Responders,” said James Button, chief operations officer for Citiz...

  • CBP ANNOUNCES TEMPORARY CLOSURES AND NEW HOURS FOR DUNDEE CROSSING

    Apr 9, 2020

    (April 6, 2020) The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is informing the community of temporary changes in border crossing times at the Fort Covington/Dundee border crossing, as well as other locations announced by the United States (US) Customs and Border Protection (CBP). Beginning on April 6, 2020 at 6 p.m. there will be new border crossing hours of 6:00 a.m. to 6:00p.m. at the following locations: • Fort Covington/Dundee • Rouses Point • Trout River • Overton Corners • Mooers This temporary change is due to a continued effort to combat the sprea...

  • Hoping and Coping

    Apr 9, 2020

    1. Practice your basket making skills or teach an immediate family member how to make baskets. 2. Research an age appropriate science fair project for your children and experiment with it at home. When school starts again your child will be ready at science fair time. 3. Develop a fire safety plan for your family and practice a fire escape plan. Basic fire safety plans can be found online. 4. Dress up and do a family portrait. Try ‘dressed to the nines’ and theme portraits. 5. Try your hand at crocheting, sewing or quilting. 6. Teach your tee...

  • Reader Comic

    Apr 9, 2020

    Reader Comic...

  • APRIL IS NATIONAL VOLUNTEER MONTH

    Apr 9, 2020

    In the United States, volunteerism is instilled at a young age. In many parts of the country, it is the cornerstone of summer vacation or woven into after school programs. Most organizations in small towns, rural counties and the largest cities would not function without volunteers. In some families, the baton of volunteerism is handed down generation after generation. Rural fire and ambulance departments remain staffed due to the efforts of volunteers. The underprivileged receive much needed medical care thanks to volunteers. Long overdue...

  • Akwesasne's mental health and substance abuse services ready to help people through pandemic

    Andy Gardner|Apr 9, 2020

    By Andy Gardner Leaders of the mental health and substance abuse arms of St. Regis Mohawk Health Services say they aren’t seeing a big influx of people needing help during the pandemic. Whatever happens, they say their staff remains ready to help anyone who comes to them seeking help. “It’s an added stressor for people who have existing mental health conditions. We have to make sure people are taking care of themselves and working on their coping skills, anxieties, fears,” said Christine Venery, SRMT Health Services mental health directo...

  • Covid-19 Impacting the 2020 Maple Sugaring Season

    Apr 9, 2020

    Submitted by Rich Gast, Cornell Cooperative Extension As I start to write this, it's raining and 50°F outside. Several days of above freezing nighttime temperatures are in the forecast, as well. It appears that the maple sugaring season is quickly coming to an end. Most of the producers that I've talked with are saying it's been an average to good season. Maple syrup production is dependent on freezing nights and daytime thaws, which causes maple sap to run. Optimum production occurs when nightt...

  • Cuomo orders schools, non-essential businesses closed in NY until April 29; Ontario broadens definition of non-essential businesses

    Andy Gardner|Apr 9, 2020

    By Andy Gardner Gov. Andrew Cuomo has ordered all schools and non-essential businesses closed until April 29. Meanwhile, Ontario has added more businesses to their non-essential list and ordered them to close as of April 4. Cuomo is also increasing the civil penalty for violating the executive orders barring gatherings of more than a few people, calling on local governments to step up and strictly enforce the measure. The school closure extends nine days past the initial decision by St. Lawrence County superintendents and BOCES to close...

  • Ogdensburg hospital reports first coronavirus death in North Country

    Apr 9, 2020

    By Andy Gardner A St. Lawrence County resident in their 70s who tested positive for COVID-19 died Wednesday, April 8 at Claxton-Hepburn Medical Center due to complications associated with the coronavirus, according to a statement from the hospital. “We extend our deepest sympathies to the loved ones during this time of loss,” said Richard Duvall, CEO and President of CHMC. “While we are prepared for the impact of the virus, this is an unfortunate reality none of us want to see. As COVID-19 continues to spread in our communities, we must all do...

  • Niawenkowa to you, too!

    Apr 9, 2020

    Last week we thanked the people on the front lines who put themselves at risk to serve the public, or to provide the essentials of what we need to continue to live. This week we remember the caring people who volunteer. We hear stories of the medical community coming out of retirement and doing what they can to ease some of the tremendous pressure on the front-line workers fighting this virus. Let us not forget the volunteers at the food distribution sites, or giving blood at this crucial time, or calling the elders or shopping for them, or...

  • Healing negativity with Traditional Medicines

    Apr 9, 2020

    The fragrance of sweetgrass is enchanting. From the earth come many gifts to help us heal and live more in tune with the natural rhythms and cycles. After cleansing with sage or cedar, sweetgrass brings in good energy and influences helping us replace negativity with joy, bitterness with sweetness, despair with hope, and pain with healing. Find a nice quiet place take time to slow down, to let go of day to day concerns, to remember our humble place as one of creations many guests. Bring good intentions and a good heart. Let the smoke of the...

  • Ohrhió:ken Oká:ra

    Apr 9, 2020

    11.Wahonnì:ron, "Wísk, teiotonhontsióhon ahsatakién:hahse tsi nahò:ten ne tsi niióhseres aó:wen" - They said, "Wísk it is necessary for you to store for the winter" 30."Eh tho ki' nikiéhrha," wahèn:ron ne Wísk - "That is what I am doing" said Wísk 31. Tsi ó:nen ontohseróhetste sok wa'karonhió:roke tánon onthó:rate - Now the year passed so it got cloudy and cold 32. Òn:keren'ne ó:ni tánon akwé:kon wa'kaniehtó:roke tsi nahò:ten ká:ien ne onhontsià:ke - It snowed also and everything on earth was...

  • Canada Wide COVID-19 Numbers

    Apr 9, 2020

    (April 8, 2020) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that people would learn more about a national model in the coming days, but he did not provide a specific date. Trudeau said it’s not yet clear exactly when Canada will reach a peak adding that ‘strict adherence to critical public health measures’, including physical distancing and staying home as much as possible will help reduce the impact of the outbreak. This is as 3M confirmed Monday it would continue to ship desperately needed N95 masks to Canada after reaching an agree...

  • How A Pandemic Has Changed Akwesasne

    Jaclyn Hall|Apr 9, 2020

    By: Jaclyn Hall As much as we hold on to tradition and the old ways, times are changing rapidly. Here in Akwesasne, it is changing so fast, we are forced to become more self-sufficient and capable, but is that really a bad thing? When it comes to conducting our sacred ceremonies, feasts, funerals or any sort of celebration at Kanonsehsne (Longhouse); our people have chosen to put the well-being of our knowledge keepers above gathering at Kanonsehsne. With that, has come a newfound confidence in many young people, who were forced to learn how...

  • Joanne Shenandoah Releases "Shenandoah Country"

    Apr 9, 2020

    Shenandoah (Grammy Award winning artist & 15 time Native American Music Award Winner) releases her 24th recording and shows how her music crosses boundaries through her collection of original country/western tunes, many of which were composed when she began her career three decades ago. She dedicates this album to all those in love, out of love, seeking love and who have known the joys of love. All songs are written by Joanne Shenandoah with the exception of her spiritual brother Erik Hokkanen's...

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