A Voice from the Eastern Door

Articles from the May 16, 2013 edition


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  • Akwesasne Represents at Native American Music Awards

    Ian Oakes|May 16, 2013

    On Friday, May 10, the 14th annual Native American Music Awards took place at the Seneca Niagara Casino, in Niagara Falls, New York. This was a particularly special Nammy’s, as it nearly didn’t happen. The original date was last December, but of course Hurricane Sandy had to have her say, and show us that even our best laid plans are beholden to the awesome power of Mother Nature. While Hurricane Sandy may have had her way, this year’s Native American Music Awards is a testament to the spirit an...

  • PEACEFUL MARCH "STANDING UP FOR OUR RIGHTS"

    May 16, 2013

    The Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Confederacy have maintained and occupied North America since time immemorial. The Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) Nation is one of the Six Nations within the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. The early colonials of Great Britain and the United States made treaties with the Haudenosaunee. The treaties guaranteed the traditional governments of the Haudenosaunee would continue to exist and maintain their way of life. The Jay Treaty was a treaty that guaranteed the right of free passage for the Onkwehonwe (Native Americans) through the...

  • Casino Holds Grand Opening Gala

    Ian Oakes|May 16, 2013

    On Thursday, May 9, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort held a grand opening gala to celebrate the public opening of the 150 room Hotel and Spa. The event saw many guests from the community, the surrounding area, lawmakers and guests from other Nations. A delegation from the Seneca Nation led by Seneca Nation President Barry E. Snyder Sr., who is a longtime friend of Chief Paul Thompson, made the trip up to be part of the celebrations. Speakers for the event included Chiefs Randy Hart, Ron...

  • My Favorite Elder Leona Cook

    May 16, 2013

    On Fri, May 10th at the Senior Center, Leona Cook was chosen “My Favorite Elder.” This 4th annual event coincides with the National theme for Older Americans Month, which is: Unleash the Power of Age! The Office for the Aging had a call out to community members inviting them to submit an essay on an elder aged 60 or older, describing how the elder inspires and embodies the theme of-Unleash the Power of Age! Also how the Elder shares their wisdom, experience, and skills with others. Leona was...

  • Louie T. Cook Kanawaienton

    May 16, 2013

    Indian Time has received word on the passing of Louis Thomas Kanawaienton Cook, age 66, of Oglala, S.D. and formerly of Ahkwesahsne. He passed away on Monday, May 13, 2013 at the Rapid City Regional Hospital from injuries of an automobile accident. Louie was the son of Evelyn Mary Kawennien Montour Cook and William John Rasennes Cook; father of Lawrence William (Buck) Cook and his companion Yolanda David; and siblings Thomas Kanatakeniate and Loretta Cook of Chadron, Neb. and Pine Ridge, S.D.;...

  • Robert Michael Point

    May 16, 2013

    Robert Michael Point passed away suddenly on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 in Cornwall, Ontario. He was born June 19, 1953 at Hotel Dieu Hospital in Cornwall and is the son of Phyllis (Brown) Point and the late Noah Point of Kawehno:ke. He is survived by his children, Noah David Point of Massena, New York; Richard Timothy John Point of Kawehno:ke, Ontario; Amanda Anne Eileen Prairie-Point of Gatineau, Quebec; Taheelah Marie Charlotte Prairie-Point, Christopher James Point, and chosen son Shawn Donald...

  • Margaret M. Tirrell

    May 16, 2013

    MORRISTOWN, NJ – Mr. Margaret M. Tirrell, 87, peacefully passed away Thursday, March 21, 2013 at her home surrounded by her family. Margaret was born April 30, 1925 in Watertown, New York, the daughter of the late Henry J. Flagg and Anna Mae Oakes and granddaughter of the late Richard and Margaret Oakes of Akwesasne. She graduated from Charlotte High School. On August 16, 1974, she married Roger M. Tirrell, Sr. at the American Legion in Wharton, New Jersey. Margaret first worked for Mennon before going to work in the banking industry. After 2...

  • Spring Burial Service

    May 16, 2013

    Spring burial service for Mrs. Annie Elizabeth Jock, age 93, formerly of 17 Angus George Blvd, Akwesasne, will be held on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Kateri Cemetery at 2:30 PM with Rev. Jerome Pastores officiating. Mrs. Jock passed away on February 20, 2013. Arrangements are with the Donaldson Funeral Home....

  • Thank You

    May 16, 2013

    The Akwesasne Boy & Girls Club would like to thank Sesi Herne & Lucille Cook for educating and assisting club members with planting 13 Ash trees along the front of the clubhouse! To the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Environment Division for giving us the trees to plant and to Annie Cook, ABGC Education Coordinator for arranging the festivities!...

  • Blue Jeans for Blue Doors Raised $735 for The Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club

    May 16, 2013

    Thank you to everyone who participated in our fantastic Blue Jeans for Blue Doors campaign for the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club. Because of you, we raised $735 to help young people in our community. The campaign ran during National Boys & Girls Club Week in April and local employers were encouraged to support the Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club by having employees donate money to wear blue jeans to work. This marks the first time the Akwesasne Boys & Girls participated in this national campaign. Our sincere appreciation to everyone who donated...

  • Niawen:kowa

    May 16, 2013

    Niawen:kowa, Iakhihsohtha Activity staff would like to say Niawen:kowa to Trey Square, Koby Johnson, Brady Mitchell, Grayson Phillips, Skye Sunday, Ky Tarbell, Kason Tarbell, Oakley Thomas, Trey Adams, Trevor Roundpoint, and Dalton Roundpoint for all their hard work. These young men are members of the Akwesasne Junior B Indians along with their coach Willie Whelan volunteered to come by and do whatever type of work that we needed done. The weather was perfect on Saturday May 4, 2013, when they...

  • UPDATED UNOFFICIAL LIST OF CANDIDATES

    May 16, 2013

    Note: This is not yet the official list of candidates. The official list will be released on Friday May 17, 2013. Tribal Chiefs: Beverly Cook, Gary Cole and Gerald Laughing Sub-Chiefs: Debra Martin, Andrew J. Cook, Shelley Jacobs and Jolene Jackson Traffic Court Judge 1: Steven Cook Traffic Court Judge 2: Lois Terrance Chief Judge: Danielle Lazore-Thompson and Peter J. Herne...

  • Attention Residential School Survivors

    May 16, 2013

    Please contact Jeremiah Point by phone 613-551-3929 or by email [email protected] A joint effort is in progress and needs your involvement now. Author Robert P. Wells has recorded first hand accounts of only a few residential school survivors in his book “Wawahte.” Also an audio book version has been recorded. He is helping to raise the money needed to send a group of First Nations youth to Lisbon, Portugal by giving away a copy of his audio book with donations of $35 or more. “Hearts and minds are opening.” His goal is to help Cataraq...

  • Letter to the Editor

    May 16, 2013

    Letter to the Editor: My name is Emily Lauzon; I am seeking your support in the upcoming Salmon River Central School Board elections. I have served as school board member for the past 13 years and would like to continue serving the school district. I am an enrolled member of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and a taxpayer in the town of Bombay, I am a grandmother to 4 grandsons who attend the Salmon River Central School, and I have a vested interest in the educational system for all students of the school district. Salmon River Central School has a...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

    May 16, 2013

    LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Open letter to the voters of the Salmon River Central School District: My name is Judy Cushman Stark and I am seeking your support to continue to serve on the Salmon River Central School board. I have served unselfishly and tirelessly on the BOE for 3 full terms and currently I serve as President of the Board. I feel that I have much to offer as my education and business background, as well as my school board experience, gives me immeasurable experience and insight in matters of budget, finance, audit, contracts and the...

  • Candidacy for the Salmon River School Board

    May 16, 2013

    My name is Roger Lapage and it’s with great pleasure that I write today to announce my candidacy for the Salmon River School Board. My wife Alice and I have two children who graduated from Salmon River. Like most parents we wanted the best for our children and children in school today deserve the same. I want to find ways to improve communications and collaboration with parents. If elected as a board member, I will be engaged on issues to provide the best education possible for the children. Effective communication using today’s existing tec...

  • LETTER TO THE EDITOR

    May 16, 2013

    I am writing today to compliment the excellent job that was done by our community on Thursday night at the Grand Opening Gala of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Expansion. The event proved to be a first class showing. Upon entering the Casino I received a first class welcoming. When you walk in it is bright and inviting, the staff that greeted me were very friendly and polite. The staff was more than willing to help make your stay as comfortable as possible and they truly succeeded. The event itself was award winning. It was nice to see our people...

  • She:kon

    May 16, 2013

    She:kon: My name is Christian Jock, and I am the son of Craig and Vicky (Adams) Jock. I grew up in Fort Covington and now currently live in Kingstowne, Va., a suburb of Washington, D.C. I am not a Salmon River Central School District resident anymore, however, Fort Covington and Akwesasne always will be home for me. Most people who know me in the school district would understand my devout love for the Salmon River school community and unwavering commitment to a strong school family. Ever since I can remember, I have always wanted to be...

  • Salmon River School board candidate

    May 16, 2013

    Salmon River School board candidate Peter Ghostlaw 47 years old, born in and resides in Fort Covington Married, wife Linda Ghostlaw, 2 daughters Samantha (senior) and Ashley (6th grade) Retired NY State Corrections Officer Member of: Sons of American Legion, Sons of the Amvets, Past president of SRCS Elementary PTO, SRCS Hall of Fame Secretary, Founder/Broadcaster Shamrock Sports Network (broadcast SRCS varsity sports), coached North Franklin youth softball and Basketball, modified and high school sports for SRCS, combined for over 20yrs. Objec...

  • Akwesasne Student Earns Scholarship to Attend National Diversity Conference

    May 16, 2013

    AKWESASNE, N.Y. – A student from Akwesasne was awarded a scholarship to attend the nation’s leading conference on diversity issues in higher education. The National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE) serves as a vital national resource for higher education institutions, where more than 2,500 administrators, deans, faculty, students and anyone interested in race relations, social justice and equity issues in American higher education annually gather. Abraham Francis, a biology major from Cornell Uni...

  • Nolan Terrance Awarded Jr. Sportsman of the Year

    May 16, 2013

    Submitted by Alexandra David It was a great night on Wednesday May 9th at the 49th Cornwall Lions Club Sports Awards Dinner held at the Best Western Conference Center in Cornwall. Nolan Terrance was awarded a co-winner for the 2013 Jr. Sportsman of the Year for Wildcats Football. Nolan currently plays football for both the OVFL Cornwall Wildcats and Massena Central High School. OVFL Wildcats football highlights include: 2010 bantam champions 2011 bantam conference champions 2012 OVFL offensive...

  • Police Blotter

    May 16, 2013

    Akwesasne Territory -- May 9, 2013 - Florencio Verdugo of Hogansburg, NY, was arrested by the Tribal Police after responding to a possible drunk driver on State Route 37. Upon observing the vehicle traveling westbound with no headlights on, tribal officers attempted to stop the vehicle on St. Regis Rd. The vehicle failed to stop for officers and fled into the Canadian side of the territory. Tribal officers shortly thereafter observed the same vehicle travel back and forth from the American side of the territory to the Canadian side of the...

  • Tribe Forms Ethics Commission

    May 16, 2013

    Akwesasne Territory -- On Saturday, May 11, 2013 the following SRMT members were sworn in as Commissioners for the first Ethics Commission for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe. Ethics Officer Peter Garrow gave the oath of office to Sally Marie Hamelin, Alma Cecilia Ransom, Minerva C. White, Wanda Ann Patterson and Barbara A. Lazore. Garrow swore in the members at the regularly scheduled monthly tribal meeting. Mark Charles Martin was unable to attend the meeting, but Garrow swore him in as a...

  • Winner of Community Health Cancer Awareness Month Questionnaire

    May 16, 2013

    Ella Arquette was our winner for April’s Cancer Awareness Month question “Can you name one of the 7 steps to health?” The 7 steps to Health: 1) Don’t Smoke 2) Eat healthy food 3) Be active 4) Be sensible in the sun 5) Follow cancer screening guidelines 6) Report changes in your health 7) Use caution with hazardous materials. We had 42 participants this year. Submitted by Diane King....

  • Group of Providers Seeks Data on Autism in the Community

    Ian Oakes|May 16, 2013

    At the St. Regis Recreation Center on Tuesday, a survey and information was provided to the community. Akwesasne Child Care Program Manager Lani Sunday, along with Chantal Cholette, and Pascalle Aubut-Delormier, both independent Applied Behavioral Analysis Consultants were on hand providing information as well as getting people to fill out the survey. The purpose of the survey is to find out about the needs of the community in regards to autism and support mechanisms in treating those with...

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