A Voice from the Eastern Door

Articles from the April 18, 2019 edition


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  • All CBSA Charges Dismissed Against Akwesasronon

    Apr 18, 2019

    On Monday, April 15, Jody Kanawakeron Swamp along with his family and supporters somberly walked into the Ontario Court of Justice and later walked out jubilant. All charges against Swamp were dropped. Two years ago, Swamp was traveling from Kawehno:ke to Cornwall. As he passed through CBSA Cornwall port, Swamp was asked where he was traveling from. Swamp made it clear he had just left Kawehno:ke. It was and should be considered to CBSA officers that this is considered 'domestic travel'....

  • Snye Recreation Hosts Annual Easter Festivities

    Jaclyn Hall|Apr 18, 2019

    By: Jaclyn Hall The Snye Recreation Committee outdid themselves once again; hosting one of the most highly anticipated Easter events in Akwesasne. The festivities went on throughout the two-day weekend on Saturday, April 13th to Sunday, April 14th. The first day of festivities consisted of pie bingo at 2:00 pm and the Adult Bonnet/Cap Contest, which took place during intermission. On Saturday evening the Family Trivia event took place at 6 pm. There was plenty of fun to be had by people of all...

  • Akwesasne Freedom School Among First Nations Development Institute Grantees

    Apr 18, 2019

    Longmont, Colorado. First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) today announced 13 new grantees under the second year of its three-year Native Language Immersion Initiative (NLII). First Nations launched the initiative in late 2017 as a three-year project to help stem the loss of Indigenous languages and cultures through community-based programs that support new generations of Native American language speakers. The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) provided a $2.1 million challenge grant, which First Nations was required to ma...

  • AMPS Execute Search Warrant in Snye

    Apr 18, 2019

    Akwesasne – The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service seized approximately 2.5 ounces of cocaine last week during a search warrant execution at a home in Tsi Snaihne. Police entered into the residence situated on Hemlock Street to affect the search warrant pursuant to the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act this past Friday April 12, 2019. The search commenced at 2:30AM and concluded at approximately 4:00AM. AMPS located currency and individually packaged cocaine hidden inside the residence. The s...

  • Another Memorable Raisin River Canoe Race

    Apr 18, 2019

    The Raisin Region Conservation Authority's (RRCA) 47th Annual Raisin River Canoe Race left St. Andrews West on a sunny April morning, and wound its way downstream to Williamstown. The forecasted afternoon rain didn't stop the 207 canoes and kayaks comprising of 350 paddlers of all ages from near and far, who entertained spectators all along the 30 km route. Unfortunately, the Martintown Dam was closed for paddlers due to safety concerns from the high water this year. The River flow was 1,300...

  • JUSTIN GORDON REDEYE 'OSERASE'

    Apr 18, 2019

    Justin Gordon Redeye ‘Oserase’, 47, of Kawehno:ke, passed away at the Cornwall Community Hospital on April 1, 2019. Justin was born in Gowanda, New York, the son of Olivia Clute and Gordon Redeye. Justin moved to Akwesasne with his mother as a child and resided with her until her death in January 2018. Justin worked as a laborer for Point Fabrications. Justin spent his leisure time watching movies and reading, enjoying visits with his many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents. A private family service was held on Saturday morning at Lah... Full story

  • REVA M. (SMOKE) KELLEY

    Apr 18, 2019

    MASSENA – Reva M. (Smoke) Kelley, 67, of Maple Street Road, passed away early Tuesday morning, April 16, 2019 at her home. Reva was born May 5, 1951 in Massena, the daughter of the late Peter and Rita (Gray) Favreau Smoke. She was a 1969 graduate of Massena High School. On May 24, 1969, she married Edward J. Kelley at the First United Methodist Church in Massena. He predeceased her on August 14, 2003. Reva worked for a time in the kitchen at Massena Memorial Hospital before moving to Florida in 1980, where she worked at an Arts and Craft D... Full story

  • Correction

    Apr 18, 2019

    Last week, Indian Time (Vol 37, #14), ran a photo of a beaded hat; we mistakenly gave the wrong name. The creator of the beautiful hat is beader, Chelsey Thompson, Akwesasne. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused....

  • NRCS-NY Announces Agricultural Management Assistance Program (AMA) funding for Irrigation in Franklin, St. Lawrence and Other Counties

    Apr 18, 2019

    (April 11, 2019) The New York Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) is announcing a second sign-up for technical and financial assistance for agricultural producers in Cayuga, Clinton, Essex, Franklin, Fulton, Hamilton, Herkimer, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison, Montgomery, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Saratoga, St. Lawrence, Warren, and Washington Counties to implement Irrigation Water Management practices. This special program focuses on practices that improve irrigation efficiency and plant health and productivity. The application deadline for...

  • Massena local serving on Navy Aircraft Carrier

    Apr 18, 2019

    ATLANTIC OCEAN. (April 13, 2019) Damage Controlman 2nd Class Jeanette Rochefort, from Massena, N.Y., poses for a photo in the hangar bay aboard the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69). Ike is currently underway conducting flight deck certification during the basic phase of the Optimized Fleet Response Plan (OFRP)....

  • Niawen

    Apr 18, 2019

    The family of Valerie Terrance would like to sincerely than family, friends and the community for the heartfelt expressions of support and love during this time of loss. I would like to share a poem that helps with the daily struggle of losing a loved one: You can shed tear because she is gone Or you can smile because she lives. You can close your eyes and pray she will come back, Or you can open your eyes and see all she left for us. Your heart can be empty because you can’t see her Or you can be full of the love she shared. You can r...

  • Three Generations of AMBE Bus Drivers

    Apr 18, 2019

    Submitted by Jacey Rourke, AMBE Communications For 23 years Sally Ann Adams was an AMBE bus driver. She enjoyed transporting 60 students from home to school and back. Her driving schedule allowed her the time to take care of her home and her family between bus runs. Looking back at her days of driving the school bus she joked that she was a "disco driver." "When I drove bus it was still standard. I had to do a little dance just to operate the pedals and the clutch all while using my arms to...

  • Intro to Kanien'keha Class Comes to an End

    Apr 18, 2019

    Submitted by Jacey Rourke, AMBE Communications Officer Introduction to Kanien'keha, a course offered through Iohahi:io, came to an end this past week. The twice weekly classes began back in Tsiothohrko:wa/January. The class was funded under the umbrella of Iohahi:io programs, Employment Ontario Literacy and the Ontario Native Literacy Coalition. The class was open to all AMBE and MCA staff. Instructor Crystal Bay had twelve students finish the class. The students are hopeful funding comes...

  • Centennial Choir of Cornwall Spring Concert

    Apr 18, 2019

    You are invited to the Centennial Choir of Cornwall’s Spring concert “RHAPSODY”. This 75 member choir will perform songs that will leave you in rhapsody for days. Enjoy the energy and zest of this choir on May 10 at 7:30 at Aultsville Theatre. Tickets are available from choir members, at the Lottery kiosk at Cornwall Square or at Home Hardware at Pitt and Thirteenth Street....

  • Kana:takon School Ennisko:wa Awards

    Apr 18, 2019

    Submitted by Elaine Thompson...

  • Kana:takon School Ennisko:wa Awards - Part 2

    Apr 18, 2019

    Here are additional pictures....

  • Strategic Vision Discussed at AMBE Professional Development Day Tetewahtharonnion

    Apr 18, 2019

    Submitted by Jacey Rourke, AMBE Communications Officer The Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education held a Professional Development Day on Onerahtokha/April 5, 2019 entitled Tetewahtharonnion (Let’s talk amongst ourselves). This was an unprecedented event where over 160 AMBE employees were brought together to discuss the AMBE Education Strategic Vision 2019-2024. “Everybody’s voice needed to be heard in this very important planning to be sure that our strategic vision encompasses feedback from everyone who works within the AMBE school syste...

  • Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School Monthly Awards

    Apr 18, 2019

    By Derrick Lafrance Eight weeks of school remain and the students at the Kawehnoke school are still going strong. Last Friday, April 12, the school held their monthly awards ceremony with the Character Trait being Pride. For this month's ceremony two members of the Student Council helped Mr. Corey Thompson hand out the Reading, Attendance and Student of the Month certificates. The class who read the most books for the month were treated to a pizza party. The Student of the Month award winners fo...

  • Words of Condolence

    Apr 18, 2019

    Reprinted with permission from Traditional Teachings by the Native North American Travelling College The seventh morning, he continued his journey and turned south again. Late that evening, he came to a clearing and found a bark field hut. This was where he spent his night. He made two poles, stood them up and added three shell strings. Looking at them, he said, “Men do a lot of boasting, but never do what they say. If I should see anyone in deep grief, I would take these shell strings from the pole and console them. These strings would b...

  • Kakwitè:ne Wao'shèn:ni Ne Akohserà:ke

    Apr 18, 2019

    1. Wahón:nise tsi náhe - Long ago 2. Rokstén:ha átste í:re - This elderly man is roaming around outside 3. Rononhkwísere’s - His hair was long 4. Rohnhrà:ten - His hair was white 5. Tsi nón:we ienhará:ta’ne - Where he stepped 6. Enkiohnírha ne ohontsià:ke - The earth became hard 7. Nó:nen ienhatón:rie - When he will breathe 8. Wa’kanennió:kwanohste tsi iohonwá:taien - The ponds froze 9. Ohonte’shón:’a wa’konníhiie - The plants died 10. Onerahte’shón:’a wa’kanerahtén:seron - The leaves...

  • Spring Cleaning Safety Tips from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service

    Apr 18, 2019

    (April 10, 2019) Spring cleaning is right around the corner and Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service would like to remind the community to be aware of some hidden dangers that you may encounter while cleaning in your neighborhood. 1. Hypodermic Needles and Syringes: If you located a syringe or hypodermic needles please do not touch it and contact your local law enforcement agency. Officers are trained to deal with this type of biohazard. 2. Suspicious Powders or Pills: Fentanyl is a powerful...

  • Reader Comic

    Apr 18, 2019

    Reader Comic...

  • Upcoming Blood Donation Opportunities

    Apr 18, 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 4/26/2019: 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, 44 Pierrepont Avenue 4/30/2019: 11:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., State University o...

  • A safe, online space for Indigenous women's voices: Introducing 'Rematriation Magazine'

    Apr 18, 2019

    Reprinted with permission from Indian Country Today It all started 20 years ago on a crowded subway train in New York City. Michelle Schenandoah, Oneida, was doing her daily commute into the offices of the American Indian College Fund, where she worked. She took a look around the car at her fellow passengers and everyone was reading something. People had their noses buried in the New York Times, businessmen were reading the Wall Street Journal, black women were reading Ebony or Essence magazine and Latina women were reading Latina. She thought...

  • 'Shock and dismay' for Notre Dame (so should it be for Chaco Canyon)

    Apr 18, 2019

    Reprinted with permission from Indian Country Today While Indigenous sacred sites are being exploited, another place of prayer that is sacred to Western culture just burnt down across the Atlantic Ocean. The world was devastated and watched the live flames at the Notre Dame Cathedral during the Catholic Church’s Holy week. Flames engulfed the 800 hundred-year-old structure for approximately 12 hours. Mainstream news tweaked their headlines along the feelings of grief, disbelief, sadness, and “decades of history.” NPR’s Andrew Lapin wrote, “This...

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