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Articles from the April 30, 2020 edition


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  • A Tribute to Helen Cook Lazore

    Apr 30, 2020

    Indian Time Newspaper would not be here without Helen Cook Lazore. We say that while acknowledging the dozens of vital people that built this paper and came through its doors, but without her, Indian Time would not be here. Helen started as a mail clerk for Akwesasne Notes and through the decades held various positions here, including Manager. But she did so much more than that. We will never be able to replace, or even begin to know, the million little things she did to keep this place going....

  • Sirens of Solidarity for Local Healthcare Workers

    Jaclyn Hall|Apr 30, 2020

    By: Jaclyn Hall On Monday, April 27th local first responders from throughout Akwesasne joined forces for one specific reason: unity was the spirit of the day as the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service, Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Service and the Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department all showed their solidarity for our local frontline healthcare workers. "Today, local first responders will be travelling to several locations in Akwesasne to help show support...

  • One percent of reservation residents test positive for COVID

    Apr 30, 2020

    Reprinted with permission Navajo Times By Arlyssa Becenti Window Rock, Arizona. As of Monday evening, there are 1,769 positive COVID-19 cases on the Navajo Nation, more than one percent of the residents on the reservation. This includes 839 males and 930 females, with an average age of 47. The total number of deaths remains at 59, which includes 39 males, 20 females, and an average age of 65 years old. The good news is no new deaths from COVID have been officially recorded in the past three days, and the 53 new cases continue a steady decrease...

  • CHRISTOPHER L. SHARROW "TEHONERAHTATHE"

    Apr 30, 2020

    Kristopher Lee Sharrow "Tehonerahtathe", 46, Akwesasne, suddenly passed away early Thursday morning, April 16, 2020 at his home. Tehonerahtathe's first marriage, with Margaret Cajigas (1997- 2003), was blessed with a daughter, Kashia Lee. He then married Rhonda Dufoe (2006,) after which they welcomed two sons, Tehonietathe and Iawentanawen into their family. He is survived by his Ista, Marilyn Sharrow of Racquette Point; his Rakeni and stepmother, Gabriel and Owisokon Sharrow of Kahnawake; his... Full story

  • HELEN AMY COOK LAZORE

    Apr 30, 2020

    Helen Amy ("Humedy") Cook Lazore, 62, of Akwesasne, Quebec, passed away unexpectedly early Friday morning, April 17, 2020, after a brief illness. Helen was a woman of many talents: Cook, Bartender, Gardener, Handy woman, Best Friend, Loving Mother, Grandmother, Sister and Wife. She was best known for her devotion and energy she put toward any project or life task that was placed in front of her and was more than willing to lend a hand, money or anything else she had to spare, even if it was... Full story

  • RONALD C. WHITE

    Apr 30, 2020

    Ronald Charles White, 76, of 105 State Route 37, Akwesasne, unexpectedly passed away Thursday morning, April 16, 2020 at his home. Ron was born June 10, 1943 in Malone, the son of the late Charles and Beatrice V. (Brant) White. He attended Mohawk School and Salmon River Central School. On December 26, 1964, he married Carol Cole at the Hogansburg Methodist Church. Ron was an ironworker with Local #440 in Utica for many years. He took great pride in mowing his yard and could often be found... Full story

  • Niawen

    Apr 30, 2020

    A big niawenkowa from Indian Time staff to Sesi (Cook) Mitchell who stopped in to take care of the duties that Helen handled during the weeks leading up to that sad day on April 17. Your help is appreciated in so many ways....

  • Non-Member Fishing Season Closed Until June 1st

    Apr 30, 2020

    AKWESASNE. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Compliance Department is reminding individuals who are non-members that fishing in Akwesasne’s territorial waters is an inherent and protected right of tribal members. Any non-members seeking to fish in Akwesasne cannot do so until June 1st and must possess a Non-Member Fishing Permit pursuant to the Non-Member Fishing Permit Regulation and Law (Tribal Council Resolution #2011-52). On November 22, 2011, the Non-Member Fishing Regulations was adopted to specifically apply to all non-tribal members who...

  • No new COVID-19 cases reported from SRMT EOC as neighboring communities see increase; no report from MCA EOC

    Andy Gardner|Apr 30, 2020

    By Andy Gardner No new COVID-19 cases have been reported to the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Operations Center. Three people on the southern portion of Akwesasne have tested positive. One has recovered and the other two are expected to be released from mandatory isolation and recovered, according to Brendan White, SRMT communications director. The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne EOC wouldn’t say how many cases of COVID-19 s, if any, have been confirmed on the northern side, and referred a reporter to the Eastern Ontario Health Unit. EOHU did...

  • Reader Comic

    Apr 30, 2020

    Reader Comic...

  • She:kon from the Senior Center...

    Apr 30, 2020

    She:kon from the Senior Center......

  • Massena School District makes appointments, approves leaves, resignation, retirements

    Andy Gardner|Apr 30, 2020

    By Andy Gardner MASSENA. The Board of Education approved several hires, leaves of absence, retirements and a resignation at their Monday, April 20 meeting. Appointments include: Nicole Deshaies, junior high math teacher, Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2023, $66,316 salary; Alyshia Binion, Nightengale special education teacher, Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2024, $45,721 salary; Spencer Paige, high school science teacher, Sept. 1, 2020 to Aug. 31, 2024, $44,174 salary; Joanne Jocko, districtwide school counseling assistant, $34,456 salary, permanent...

  • The Illuminated Fog

    Apr 30, 2020

    Yesterday's lies shadow today's truth A tastey brew Difficult to chew The herd swallows Cocktails of the mind Rob the soul shallow Collective crimes Lead or follow Treasury of giving thanks Weighs more than gold or silver solid Why wait to awaken.... Till we're hopeless & dying Wake-up Unplug the nonsense Bury the dead trees in our pockets May the wealth of heart Welcome a new tomorrow And sow the seeds of love & forgiveness Together mend our wholeness Rebuild our living foundation With the...

  • How a Pandemic Changed Akwesasne

    Jaclyn Hall|Apr 30, 2020

    By: Jaclyn Hall Home Birth or Hospital? That is a question weighing on expectant mothers' minds, as they approach their due dates during the COVID- 19 Pandemic As a mother of five children and having just delivered my youngest in October 2019 two months premature, it weighs on my mind how expectant mothers are coping during these times. I had originally planned on having a home birth but my son decided to come early, so for both our safety I had no choice but to attend the hospital. When I...

  • FRANKLIN COUNTY EMERGENCY OPERATION CENTER COVID-19 UPDATE

    Apr 30, 2020

    Thursday, April 23, 2020. The Franklin County EOC will distribute Press Releases on Tuesdays and Fridays each week, unless there is a need to distribute updated information. Currently, there are several other sources of information being delivered via Social Media from the daily briefings. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Press Release delivery, please contact the EOC at 518-483-9685. Tuesday, April 28, 2020. Malone. Franklin County Public Health and Franklin County Emergency Operation Center report that as of this release...

  • COVID-19 Canada wide

    Apr 30, 2020

    April 28, 2020.Total COVID-19 cases in Canada: 50,026 diagnoses and 2,862 deaths Alberta - 4,850 cases, including 80 deaths (1,549 resolved) British Columbia - 2,053 cases, 105 deaths (1,137 resolved) Manitoba - 272 cases, 6 deaths (205 resolved) New Brunswick - 118 cases (112 resolved) Newfoundland and Labrador - 258 cases, 3 deaths (222 resolved) Northwest Territories - 5 cases (5 resolved) Nova Scotia - 915 cases, 27 deaths (522 resolved) Ontario - 15,381 cases, 951 deaths (8,964 resolved) Prince Edward Island - 27 cases (24 resolved)...

  • Virtual Hoop Dancing with Kyla Thompson

    Jaclyn Hall|Apr 30, 2020

    By: Jaclyn Hall As an apprentice studying to be a midwife with the Onkwehonwe Midwives Collective, Kyla Thompson was tasked with an assignment to reach out to the community and promote cultural teachings in Akwesasne. Prior to the pandemic, Thompson had originally planned to teach hoop dancing in person, but circumstances have changed and so have hoop dance lessons as we know it. Thompson got creative when government mandated isolation became our reality, she turned to virtual reality to get...

  • ATFE Enionkhinenhawíhon

    Apr 30, 2020

    1. Ahkwesáhsne - Place where the partridge live 2. Rontonhwentsianónhnha - They care for the earth 3. ATFE ronwatí:ia'ts - Their names are ATFE 4. Khia'teiohserá:ke - Every year 5. Shakotinenhá:wis ne Ahkwesahshró:non - They give seeds to the people of Ahkwesasne 6. Ón:wa iohserá:te - This year 7. Nè:'e aorì:wa kí:ken kahnhratarì:nes - Because of the pandemic 8. Teiehtharahkwà:ke enwá:ton enhsaterihwahserón:ni - They will take seed orders by the phone 9. Eniesahrie'nónnien - They will bundl...

  • Canoe Woman Chronicles - Vol #1 Tsionerahtasekó:wa PINE TREE

    Apr 30, 2020

    Co-written By: Jaclyn Hall and Alicia Cook Talks with Konwahonwisen–Alicia Cook: Wolf clan, Master Traditional Medicines and owner of Canoe Woman Herbs Forward: Overharvesting our traditional medicines (Onónhkwashón:a') has become an issue in Haudenosaunee country and across Turtle Island. We would like to remind everyone during these uncertain times, it may seem as though you may need to travel great distances and stock up on certain medicines to get through this crisis, we are here to tel...

  • Mohawk Networks Powers Wi-Fi Hotspots for Students

    Apr 30, 2020

    Akwesasne, NY: Broadband access is increasingly important as disruptions related to COVID- 19 have forced people to work from home and simultaneously manage tele-working and homeschooling. Mohawk Networks is taking steps to make fast, dependable internet access available for homes that may not have a reliable internet connection by installing six public Wi-Fi hotspots in Akwesasne. "COVID-19 has impacted our lives in drastic ways, but that disruption should not affect access to learning for our...

  • Student outreach guides NCCC's shift to "the new normal"

    Apr 30, 2020

    SARANAC LAKE – Contacting each student by phone, email or text. Loaning laptops to students who don't have computers at home. Providing support for students and staff on how to work remotely. Those are just some of the initiatives North Country Community College has carried out as part the effort to move 230 spring semester classes and all college operations online due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "I couldn't be prouder of the efforts of our faculty and staff during these last several weeks," s...

  • Governor's office outlines criteria for North Country economy to re-open

    Apr 30, 2020

    By Andy Gardner Governor Andrew M. Cuomo additional guidelines the North Country and other regions of the state must follow as part of the re-opening plan. Based on CDC recommendations, once a region experiences a 14-day decline in the hospitalization rate they may begin a phased re-opening. Businesses in each region will re-open in phases. Phase one will include opening construction and manufacturing functions with low risk. Phase two will open certain industries based on priority and risk level. Businesses considered “more essential” wit...

  • Akwesasne Child and Family Services Delivers Prizes to Lucky Bingo Winners

    Apr 30, 2020

    By: Jaclyn Hall It took a bit of arranging, but the Akwesasne Child and Family Services did not disappoint. With all the lucky winners of the Kids Kanieńkehá:ka Bingo, which took place on Thursday April 9th, there were numerous prizes to be delivered throughout Akwesasne. Each winner was hand-delivered their bingo winnings, bringing a sense of excitement to the youth in our community....

  • Grand chief warns Akwesasronon need to follow social distancing guidance at funerals, burial services

    Andy Gardner|Apr 30, 2020

    By Andy Gardner The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s grand chief took to the airwaves to warn Akwesasronon that they must abide by social distancing guidelines, even when mourning the death of a loved one. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, attendance at funeral and burial services must be limited to no more than 10 people, including any funerary workers and officiants. “These limitations must be respected, as they are in place to protect everyone’s safety,” Benedict said. He warned that some funeral homes may suspend services in the communi...

  • Akwesasne Mohawk Police Services "Peace, Unity & Justice"

    Apr 30, 2020

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Chief of Police Shawn Dulude DATE: 2020/04/28 Tel: (613) 575-2340 Fax: (613) 575-2334 Public Notice The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service (AMPS) have received several calls concerning hypodermic needles and syringes located throughout the community. The hypodermic needles are often located on the sides of roads and in ditches. Police are asking residents to be vigilant. This is especially important when children are outdoors, or, if you decide to do some spring cleaning. Be aware of suspicious substances and hidden...

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