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Articles from the April 13, 2017 edition


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  • Keene State Announces Recipients of Honorary Degree & Granite State Award

    Apr 13, 2017

    April 10, 2017. Keene State College will honor two extraordinary men during the College's commencement ceremony on May 6. Mohawk leader Tom Porter (Sakokwenionkwas – "The One Who Wins"), internationally recognized advocate for Native American language, culture, and traditions, will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters. He will be the ceremony's featured speaker. Eric Stumacher, founding member of the Apple Hill Center for Chamber Music, will receive this year's Granite State Award, w...

  • Artist Spotlight: Jack Johnson

    Andy Gardner|Apr 13, 2017

    An Akwesasne basketmaker is looking to pass down his craft to an apprentice and will get help from New York state to make it happen. Jack Johnson, who learned the traditional craft from Henry Arquette, a renowned local master basketmaker, will now take Levi Herne under his wing. "I'm glad I'm able to be a part of this program that's going to hopefully not let Mohawk basketmaking, especially the way Henry Arquette taught me, be lost. I'd hate for his teachings to be lost," Johnson said. The...

  • Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Expands Kanien'kéha Language Program

    Apr 13, 2017

    AKWESASNE - The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) is committed to providing opportunities for community members and employees to learn our Kanien'kéha (Mohawk language). Housed within the Tribal Historic Preservation (THPO) Department, the Language Lab has been in operation since 2005 to offer free instruction by Mohawk Language Coordinator Carole Ross in a classroom setting from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Over the years, there has been inconsistent utilization of this resource. In recent years,...

  • Akwesasne Youth Take Part In Racing Against Drugs

    Jaclyn Hall|Apr 13, 2017

    Youth from both Kanatakon School and Akwesasne Mohawk School enjoyed a day full of fun and learning at the 19th annual Racing Against Drugs event in Cornwall. The bilingual community-based drug and alcohol prevention program uses the sport of car racing to teach the importance of saying "NO" to drugs. Their goal is to capture the attention of the youth and to demonstrate the benefits of living a drug free lifestyle. Racing Against Drugs is offered to over 1000 grade 6 students in the area. It ha...

  • CUOMO ENACTS NYS TUITION-FREE COLLEGE PROGRAM

    Apr 13, 2017

    (April 12, 2017) Governor Andrew M. Cuomo signed legislation enacting the Excelsior Scholarship, the first-of-its-kind in the nation program to provide tuition-free college at New York's public universities to families making up to $125,000 a year. The legislation was passed as part of the FY 2018 Budget, and was the Governor's first proposal in his 2017 State of the State. The Budget additionally includes $8 million to provide open educational resources, including e-books, to students at SUNY...

  • CECILIA A. COOK

    Apr 13, 2017

    HOGANSBURG- Cecilia A. Cook, 96, of 428 St. Regis Road, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at the Massena Memorial Hospital. Cecilia was born April 19, 1920 at her family home in Akwesasne, daughter of the late Mitchell and Mary Gray Arquette. She attended Massena Central School and on September 24, 1949, she married Harvey N. Cook, with Earl G. Fisher officiating. Harvey predeceased her on April 28, 2009. She was a member of the Hogansburg United Methodist Church, where she...

  • RUTH B. WHITE

    Apr 13, 2017

    Arrangements were incomplete at press time and are with the Donaldson Funeral Home....

  • Niawen

    Apr 13, 2017

    ​Nia:wen to Community Health and Allyson Lamesse, Community Health Representative, for donating food items for the Friends Helping Friends Food Pantry....

  • Seeking Log "Bolts" For Shiitake Mushroom Production In New York State

    Apr 13, 2017

    Submitted by Steve Gabriel, Agroforestry Extension Specialist, Cornell Small Farms Program (April 5, 2017) The Cornell Small Farms Program is engaged in a project to support log-grown shiitake mushrooms as a new farm enterprise in New York State. The program is actively training and supporting growers around the state to develop viable plans and scale up to commercial production. One emerging need for aspiring growers is to source sustainably harvested small diameter logs, known as “bolts,” for production. Bolts need to be free of defects and s...

  • Celiac Support Group at MMH

    Apr 13, 2017

    Come learn how to cope with Celiac disease from other individuals now living a gluten-free lifestyle during monthly Celiac Support Group meetings at Massena Memorial Hospital. Celiac Support Group meetings are offered at 5 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month. The meetings are held in the MMH Main Floor Board Room. For more information please contact the Massena Memorial Hospital Public Relations at (315) 769-4305....

  • Akwesasne Community Emergency Response Team Graduates

    Apr 13, 2017

    On Onerahtókha/April 5, 2017, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Emergency Planning Office graduated 12 members of the Community Emergency Response Team Training Program that entailed eight three-hour courses on emergency preparedness and basic disaster response skills. Training was conducted by SRMT Safety Officer and Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Firefighter Adrian McDonald, SRMT Emergency Planning Manager Sarah Diabo, Tribal Police Department Chief of Police Matthew Rourke, and NYS Paramedic...

  • Akwesasne Housing Authority Presents New AmeriCorps VISTA Partners

    Jaclyn Hall|Apr 13, 2017

    The AmeriCorps VISTA presentation took place at the Akwesasne Housing Authority Training Center, on April 4, 2017. The Akwesasne Housing Authority has partnered with the AmeriCorps Vista program to help the community with some of the issues Akwesasne faces. AmeriCorps Vista (Volunteers in Service to America) supports communities across America helping individual community efforts to overcome poverty and other major issues. As for Akwesasne, they are focused on the lack of sustainable housing....

  • Akwesasne Ironworkers & Artists Featured in Exhibit Opening at the Iroquois Museum

    Apr 13, 2017

    The Iroquois Indian Museum (Howes Cave, NY) opens for the season with a new exhibit, Walking the Steel: From Girder to Ground Zero. On display from April 1 through November 30, Steel features artwork, artifacts, photographs, and audio recollections that interpret the long-standing cultural tradition of ironworking and its prominent role in Iroquois communities. Akwesasne artists and ironworkers featured in the exhibit include: Stephen Brooks, Julius Cook, Stacey Mitchell, Randy Mitchell, Jordan...

  • St. Regis Mohawk School PTO Receives Room Occupancy Fee Donation

    Apr 13, 2017

    On Onerahtókha/April 4, 2017, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council donated $20,000 from the Tribe's Room Occupancy Fee Fund to support the St. Regis Mohawk School's Parent-Teacher Organization. The organization was formed in January 2009 to enhance and oversee the partnership between the local elementary school and Akwesasne families in the education of Mohawk students. The donation will support PTO-sponsored activities with the goal of increasing parent involvement and strengthening the...

  • Tribal Chiefs Meet with House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi

    Apr 13, 2017

    Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Ron LaFrance and Sub-Chief Michael Conners Jr. helped strengthen the Tribe's federal lobbying strategy with Minority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi (CA-D) and presented her with a Mohawk basket made by Akwesasne basket maker Robin Lazore at the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Issues Conference held in Santa Fe, New Mexico last week....

  • Mass of Healing Scheduled

    Apr 13, 2017

    Ogdensburg - Bishop Terry R. LaValley will preside at a special Mass of Healing April 23 at 3 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral for those hurt by the Catholic Church in any way. This celebration on Divine Mercy Sunday has been planned to acknowledge the pain caused by some pastoral leaders or workers in the Church and to apologize for the conduct that caused such grief. “This crisis has impacted all of us in the church, and we need to ask God’s help for continued healing,” Bishop LaValley said. The entire diocesan family, clergy, religious, and lai...

  • Introducing: Jaclyn Hall New reporter for Indian Time

    Apr 13, 2017

    My name is Jaclyn Krystal Mary Hall, I am 28 years old. I was born and raised here in Akwesasne. My mother is Jennine Hall and I am wolf clan. I am married with three children Iakotahitakeh, Thahakahteh and Rothahonnihakeh. I became a mother at the young age and I made it a goal to finish school and go to college. So when I graduated with honours from St. Lawrence College at Iohahiio in both Medical Administration and Legal Administration, I was very proud to have accomplished it. I had two...

  • Akwesasne Cancer Support Group 9th Annual 5 Mile Run/Walk

    Apr 13, 2017

    Sunday, May 7, 2017 Generation Park – Tewatahita Trails, Hogansburg Registration 8-8:30am – Run/Walk starts at 9:00am • Concession Stand: drinks and fruits Hotdogs and hamburgers will be sold • First 100 walkers to register will receive a free t-shirt • Pledges over $100.00 will receive a free hoodie (RAIN OR SHINE) Volunteers for the event will be appreciated. If you would like to volunteer, call the Akwesasne Cancer Support Group. Pledge sheets available at: Kanonhkwatsheri:io Health Facility – (Kenny Oakes 613-551-4716) Truck Stop No. 9...

  • Tribal Caucus Scheduled for May 6th

    Apr 13, 2017

    AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Election Board will be holding the annual Tribal Caucus on Saturday, Onerahtohkó:wa/ May 6, 2017. There are three (3) positions open for nominations: one (1) Tribal Chief, one (1) Tribal Sub-Chief, and one (1) Traffic Court Judge. The Tribal Caucus will start promptly at 10:00 a.m. in the lobby of the Tribal Community Building, located at 412 State Route 37 in Akwesasne, New York. It will begin with nominations for each respective position. In accordance with the Tribal Election and Referendum Ordi...

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    Apr 13, 2017

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    Apr 13, 2017

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  • AFN National Chief to Honor First Nations Veterans at the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

    Apr 13, 2017

    April 7, 2017. (Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde will be part of the official Canadian delegation that will travel to France to mark the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9th, 2017. First Nations veterans, Elders and Knowledge Keepers are also traveling to France to participate in the commemoration and other ceremonies. “I will be there on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations to honour all the brave First Nations veterans that served proudly and those who gave their life to...

  • MMH offers Free Skin Tumor/Lesion Clinic

    Apr 13, 2017

    MASSENA, NY -- According to the experts, skin cancers are usually curable if found and treated in the earliest stages. In addition, you can improve your chances of detecting skin cancers by performing a skin self-exam every month. Early diagnosis can make all the difference. To Sanjay Shah, M.D., and Dalkeith Facey, DO, MBA, Board Certified General Surgeons at Massena Memorial Hospital offer a monthly free screening clinic. The Skin Tumor/Lesion Detection Clinic is held on the third Tuesday of the month, from 9 to 11 a.m. The free skin screenin...

  • Mohawk Language Video Game Now Free on Apple App and Google Play Stores

    Apr 13, 2017

    Montreal (Tuesday, April 4, 2017) - Rivet Rampage, the video game based on APTN’s hit documentary series Mohawk Ironworkers is now available for both iOS and Android devices. Get the app for free on the Apple App and Google Play stores. Rivet Rampage is a single-player game that puts you in the role of a Mohawk ironworker. You are tasked with building one of the most iconic buildings in history, the Empire State Building, as well as Montreal’s infamous Mercier Bridge. Follow the foreman’s orders and avoid flying birds, hot rivets and whirl...

  • The Robins Story

    Apr 13, 2017

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