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Articles from the April 11, 2019 edition

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  • Akwesasne Mohawk Police Seize Guns, Drugs & Cash in Kana:takon

    Apr 11, 2019

    The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service conducted a search warrant execution as part of an ongoing drug trafficking investigation on April 5, 2019 at approximately 7:00 PM at a residence in Kana:takon. The investigation is ongoing; however, one person has been formally charged in Valleyfield Provincial Court while a second person is scheduled to appear at a later date. Andrew Mitchell Jr., 38, has been formally charged for the following offences: • Possession of a scheduled 1 substance for the p...

  • Dressed to Kilt – Haudenosaunee Contingent Rocks the Runway

    Apr 11, 2019

    By Faith Thomas and Kaniehtonkie New York, NY. Dressed to Kilt's return to New York on Friday night was a hit with a celebrity fashion show featuring kilts and kitsch and cool Native American designers to celebrate diversity. The fashion show featured designers from Scotland and Native American designers and models along with the runway debut of a LGBTQ tartan worn by Scottish TV personality Phil MacHugh. The show featured fun spectacles and delights to keep the crowd entertained ranging from Na...

  • Dressed to Kilt – Haudenosaunee Contingent Rocks the Runway - Part 2

    Apr 11, 2019

    Here are additional pictures....

  • Meeting Held Regarding Grasse River Remediation

    Jaclyn Hall|Apr 11, 2019

    By: Jaclyn Hall On April 4th, representatives from several agencies and businesses were present during the most recent "Grasse River Remediation" meeting. The meeting took place at the Office for the Aging - Senior Center, from 6 pm to 8 pm. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will be the agency overseeing the Grasse River Remediation Project, with involvement from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, the New York State Department of Health, and the...

  • Four Tsi Snaihne School Students Submit Artworks to the Indigenous Arts and Stories Competition

    Apr 11, 2019

    Submitted by Jacey Rourke, AMBE Communications Officer Tsi Snaihne School wishes four artists the best of luck with their culturally influenced art submission for the Indigenous Arts and Stories competition run by Historica Canada of Toronto. Reannon Lazore (Grade 2) made a teepee for her submission. Her inspiration comes from her two indigenous backgrounds: Mohawk and Cree. When she visits her mother's community in Mistassini she sees many teepees, especially during moose and goose hunting...

  • Alexander "Alex" Allen Aronhiatékha Sharrow

    Apr 11, 2019

    Alex Sharrow, age 72, of Island Road, Akwesasne passed away peacefully on Thursday April 4, 2019 at his residence surrounded by his wife, children, and loved ones. Alex was a volunteer firefighter with the Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department from '81 to '86. He also worked as an iron worker in his younger years and as an employee with the Seaway International Bridge Corporation until he retired in 2001. Beloved husband of Monica (Square) Sharrow, and dear father of Cassidi (Craig Delormier),... Full story

  • MARJORIE THOMPSON "Kwaronniahawi"

    Apr 11, 2019

    AKWESASNE – Marjorie "Kwaronniahawi" Thompson, known throughout her community as Margie, 73, of Chief Thompson Lane, passed back into the Spirit World late Saturday evening, April 6, 2019 after a lengthy illness. Margie was born September 20, 1945 in Cornwall, Ontario, the daughter of the late Bernard "Barnie" and Annie (Leaf) Thompson. She attended Indian Day School before going to St. Raphael's School. She married Leo Francis and was blessed with four children before divorcing. Margie w... Full story

  • Native American fry bread is the food of our oppression. It's also delicious, so we're reclaiming it.

    Apr 11, 2019

    By Simon Moya-Smith Reprinted with permission from “Think” For hundreds of years, white invaders - popularly known as “settlers” - declared open war on Native Americans, and not just our bodies. It was also a war on our spiritualties, cultures, crops and anything that had to do with our existence and survival. They wanted to erase us from the continent completely. In fact, President George Washington thought the best course of action for annihilating Natives was not only to kill us with guns, bayonets, and cannons, but to utterly destroy...

  • Ganondagan's Juried Hodinöhsö:ni' Art Show Opens for Entries

    Apr 11, 2019

    The third annual Friends of Ganondagan juried Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show is now open for entries. Any member of a Haudenosaunee nation is eligible to apply with proof of tribal enrollment or Haudenosaunee descent, regardless of current place of residence. The show committee will accept digital images of the artworks up until Monday, June 17, 2019. Artists will be notified that week if their submissions have been accepted. Accepted artworks will be exhibited at the Seneca Art & Culture Center during the Indigenous Music & Arts Festival (fo...

  • Onkwehon:we Midwives Collective

    Apr 11, 2019

    By Mahlon Smoke Kawehno:ke - Throughout Mohawk Culture, women have held a special place in this community, as leaders, as teachers, as sisters, as aunts, and most importantly, as mothers. During a time when a woman is preparing to give birth to their baby, they may go to see a Midwife. What is a midwife and how do they help a soon-to-be mother? That is something that The Onkwehon:we Midwives Collective wishes to educate and help with. They are a Maternal Child and Women’s Wellness Centre that is located on Kawehnoke. They are providing s...


    Apr 11, 2019

    The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Community Health Program and Cancer Care Ontario are sponsoring another Mammogram Day! Please note: This event was previously scheduled for April 11 but will now be held in May. When: Thursday, May 2, 2019 Time: 1 PM - 3 PM Where: Cornwall Community Hospital To save your spot, please call Community Health at 613-575-2341 ext. 3220....

  • The Story of Lacrosse

    Apr 11, 2019

    Story courtesy of Emily Tarbell As we start a new lacrosse season, we print this story as a reminder to the players, coaches and fans. Our Grandfathers told us many stories that would relate to lacrosse and how one should conduct themselves and the importance of the INDIVIDUAL to the game. Lacrosse was a gift to us from the Creator, to be played for his enjoyment and as a medicine game for healing the people. Long ago we were told the following story about a great ball game that took place between the four-legged animals and the winged...

  • Bubbles Okwirá:ke Wa'karáthen

    Apr 11, 2019

    1. Akitshé:nen - My pet 2. Takò:s - Cat 3. Kaià:tare - It is in the picture 4. Bubbles konwá:ia'ts - Bubbles is its name 5. Ata'kenróhkwa tánon karà:ken - It is gray and white 6. Nikaia'tò:ten - Its type of body 7. Okwirà:ke wa'karáthen - It did climb on the tree 8. Ne akitshé:nen takò:s - My pet cat 9. Só:k seréka - Then almost 10. Entaioia'tén:ne - It will have fallen 11. Akenonhsákta - Near my house 12. Nón:we nikakwirò:ten - Where there is a type of tree 13. Kakwitè:ne nikahá:wi - Spring...

  • New York State Fish Consumption Advisory Affirms Tribal Guidelines

    Apr 11, 2019

    AKWESASNE. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s (SRMT) Environment Division issued the following information in response to an updated fish consumption advisory released on Enniskó:wa/March 20, 2019 by the New York State Department of Health. The Tribe’s Environment Division welcomes the state’s updated advisory, as it reaffirms the Tribe’s recommended guidelines provided in Kentenhkó:wa/November 2013 due to elevated levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) and Mercury in the St. Lawrence River. “The latest information issued by the New York St...

  • Salmon River Middle School Students of the Month

    Apr 11, 2019

    Students at the Salmon River Middle School have been 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 values of empathy and caring. The character trait identified for February was friendship. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Prevention Program awarded students who exhibited this trait with...

  • Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

    Apr 11, 2019

    Malone 4/24/2019: 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., Saint Mark’s Episcopal, 34 Elm Street Massena 4/22/2019: 12 p.m. - 4 p.m., VFW Massena, 101 West Hatfield Street Norwood 4/30/2019: 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Seaway Technical Center BOCES, 7225 State Highway 56 4/30/2019: 2 p.m. - 7 p.m., Seaway Technical Center BOCES, 7225 State Highway 56 Potsdam 4/16/2019: 1 p.m. - 5 p.m., Potsdam AmVets Post #282, 6771 US Highway 11 4/26/2019: 10:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Canton Potsdam Hospital, 50 Leroy Street 4/29/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., State University of New York Potsdam, 4...

  • Reader Comic

    Apr 11, 2019

    Reader Comic...

  • Why Not Tax the Seaway?

    Apr 11, 2019

    By Doug George-Kanentiio It has been an historical fact that the Mohawks assessed usage costs for those who used our resources whether for sustenance or for travel. These would come in the form of furs or other goods which the Mohawks would exchange for products in Montreal or Albany. It was also expected that travelers would abide by Mohawk laws with regards to hunting and fishing, that they would not harvest more than they needed and would do no harm to the environment. In this manner the Mohawks managed to keep areas such as the Adirondacks...

  • imagineNATIVE Receives Premier's Awards for Excellence in the Arts

    Apr 11, 2019

    (April 10, 2019) The laureates of the 2018 Premier’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts have been announced. The awards recognize Ontario’s professional artists and arts organizations for extraordinary achievements that strengthen Ontario’s vibrant culture sector. imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival has been selected as the laureate in the Arts Organization category. imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival is the world’s largest festival showcasing film, video, audio, and digital & interactive media made by Indigenous screen content...

  • Smart Akwesasne Youth Survey - Win A Laptop!

    Apr 11, 2019

    Smart Akwesasne would like to hear from the youth in the community about their health and the technology they use on a day-to-day basis! Complete our survey and you can get entered to win an ASUS Chromebook laptop! SURVEY LINK: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/D8MWGWN Deadline to submit: Friday, April 12 @ 12 p.m. noon This anonymous survey is open to youth ages 13-25. Once you have completed the survey, send your screenshot of the ‘thank you’ page to [email protected] with your name and preferred contact information. The dra...


    Apr 11, 2019

    The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Traditional Medicine Program would like to invite the community to attend free presentations on the Great Law of Peace — learn more about the history of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and the legacy of the Peacemaker from Aronhiaies Herne and Della Adams! When: Every Thursday (March 28 - June 6) Time: 1 PM - 4 PM Where: Atsiakta - By the River (89 Rourke Road, Akwesasne, NY) To register, please contact Sabrina Jacobs at 613-575-2341 ext. 3100 or at [email protected]....

  • St. Lawrence Citizen Journalism Incubator (SLCJI) Showcase and Celebration

    Apr 11, 2019

    Friday, April 19 7:00-8:30 pm The TAUNY Center 53 Main Street, Canton You are invited to join in a celebration of the investigative work being done by local residents as part of the St. Lawrence Citizen Journalism Incubator (SLCJI), a collaboration of Weave News, North Country Public Radio, The Hill News, and Nature Up North. Members of SLCJI’s first cohort of investigative storytellers will be on hand to speak about the local stories they are researching, from migrant farm workers in the region to the impact of budget cuts in local schools. R...

  • Bug Bombs No Bother to Bugs

    Apr 11, 2019

    Submitted by Paul Hetzler As days lengthen and temperatures climb, it is common to find a few insects bumbling around the house, looking for a way outdoors. Red-and-black boxelder bugs, orange Asian lady-beetles, and gray, slow-moving western conifer seed bugs are but a few of the critters likely to seek a protected, rent-free shelter in the fall and then forget where the exits are come spring. Fortunately, these are harmless as well as clueless, and do not breed indoors or pose health risks. Warm weather can also bring carpenter ants out of...

  • Salmon River Central School Lacrosse Banquet Individual Awards Winners

    Apr 11, 2019

    Awards and varsity letters were presented at the annual lacrosse banquet held June 22, 1988. L-R: Joey Phillips, attack, "Most Improved Offensive Player"; Anthony Gray, attack, "Rookie of the year"; Louie Lazore, defense, "Rookie Varsity Player"; Alex 'Big Boy' Garrow, goaltender, "Most Improved Player"; and section 10 Honorable Mention All Northern: Steve Thomas, attack, "Rookie Varsity Letter." Do you have any old photos that you'd like to share with our readers in Blast from the Past? Bring...

  • Police Blotter

    Apr 11, 2019

    Saint Regis Mohawk Police Blotter 4/4/19: On March 29, Ivan Rakush, 66, of Berwyn, Ill. Was charged with speeding (allegedly 55-35 mph zone). Ticket is returnable to Tribal Court on April 15. On March 29, Kelly M. Mora-Rosas, 45, of Constable was charged with speeding (allegedly 68-55 mph zone). Ticket is returnable to Tribal Court on April 15. On March 29, Nina L. Benore, 35, of Bombay was charged with speeding (allegedly 61-45 mph zone). Ticket is returnable to Tribal Court on April 22. On March 29, Wakeen T. White, 20, was picked up on a...

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