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Articles from the May 16, 2019 edition


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  • Kahnawake Resident to Enter Constitutional Challenge with Canada

    Kaniehtonkie|May 16, 2019

    By Kaniehtonkie On Thursday, May 9, 2019 a jury declared Derek White, a resident of Kahnawake, not guilty of fraud against the Government of Quebec. The same jury declared White guilty of fraud against the Government of Canada and conspiracy to commit fraud and profiting from organized crime for not paying federal excise tax on tobacco. His co-accused, Hunter Montour, also a resident of Kahnawake, was convicted of facilitating the activities of a criminal organization. White’s trial took p...

  • Mad Hatter Tea Party Fundraiser to Help Akwesasne Boys and Girls Club

    May 16, 2019

    By Mahlon Smoke Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and Resort. Within the last eighteen years, the Akwesasne Boys and Girls club has been a place for children and teens to go after school to learn, to create, and to play. The current building that is home for the ABGC and their different activities is not efficient enough for this growing program. With plans of expansion and goal to raise money to rebuild a new center, Jessica Cree-Jock and the ABC Board of Directors have a strategic plan to build a new,...

  • Red Cross: Critical type O blood shortage; donors needed now

    May 16, 2019

    (May 14, 2019) The American Red Cross has a critical shortage of type O blood and urges eligible donors to give now to help patients facing trauma and other life-threatening situations. As a thank-you for helping replenish the blood supply, all donors who come to give blood now through June 10 will receive a $5 Amazon.com Gift Card via email. Right now, the Red Cross has less than a two-day supply of type O blood available for emergency rooms, where it can be most critical. That means just six units of type O blood are available for every...

  • One Million Species at Risk of Extinction, Threatening Human Communities Around the World, U.N. Report Warns

    May 16, 2019

    Our world is losing biodiversity, and fast. According to a report released in the first week of May by the United Nations, up to one million species could face extinction in the near future due to human influence on the natural world. Such a collapse in biodiversity would wreak havoc on the interconnected ecosystems of the planet, putting human communities at risk by compromising food sources, fouling clean water and air, and eroding natural defenses against extreme weather such as hurricanes and floods. In the sweeping UN-backed report,...

  • Family of the Late Dave Francis Donate to a Great Cause

    Jaclyn Hall|May 16, 2019

    By: Jaclyn Hall One community member can make a huge impact on the lives of many; Dave Francis would be one of those community members. Even after his recent passing his family has made sure to keep his memory alive and strong. As many know, Dave played a huge role in restoring 'The Point' in Kana:takon so that the youth would have somewhere safe to swim and to hang out. Prior, the point was a little trail that led to a pile of rocks and a swing, if you were lucky. After the restoration, the...

  • Kanenshonah Teiethinonhwará:ton (We give Greetings to the Seeds)

    May 16, 2019

    The Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs, Clan Mothers and Faithkeepers announce that Seed Ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 9:00 am. The leadership encourage the people to bring our three sisters seeds, corn, beans and squash, and other open pollinated heirloom seeds. No GM (Genetically modified) seeds. Please bring corn soup, corn bread, strawberries, and eating utensils. All Onkwehón:we are welcome. Traditional dress is appreciated....

  • Correction

    May 16, 2019

    In the Indian Time Volume 37 #16 story about the Mock Incident at Salmon River Central, one of the EMT’s was incorrectly identified as Brooklyn Benedict. The EMT is Brooklyn Johnson. We apologize for any inconvenience this caused....

  • Annual Akwesasne Roadside Cleanup Day 2019

    Jaclyn Hall|May 16, 2019

    By: Jaclyn Hall Saturday, May 11th, marked the Annual Akwesasne Roadside Cleanup Day. This annual event is organized by the Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment along with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne's Environment Division and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Environment Division. Every year community members, local businesses, schools and sports team take part in cleaning the roadsides within Akwesasne. Thanks to local businesses and programs who donate all kinds of goodies participants...

  • Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Shares Announcement of Federal Report on Tribal Consultation

    May 16, 2019

    AKWESASNE - On Wednesday, Onerahtohkó:wa/May 1, 2019, members of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council (SRMT) participated in a press conference at the U.S. Capital to announce the release of a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report, entitled Tribal Consultation: Additional Federal Actions Needed for Infrastructure Projects. Attending at the invitation of Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA) and Congressman Raul Grijalva (D-AZ); Tribal Chiefs Beverly Cook, Eric Thompson and...

  • Joanne Shenandoah Releases "Missing You" video to mark the Thousands of Murdered and Missing Native Women

    May 16, 2019

    Grammy Award Recipient Joanne Shenandoah released her new video on May 5 as part of an international movement to draw attention to the thousands of missing and murdered Native women in the US and Canada. Under the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) movement that day has been set aside to acknowledge this crisis and to compel national, state and provincial governments to take action. In a report published online by Foreign Policy (www.foreignpolicy.com) it is stated that: According to 2011 data, though Canada’s 718,500 indigenous w...

  • IT'S A BOY!

    May 16, 2019

    Name: Holden Van Lee Sunday Born: April 23, 2019 Weight: 5 lbs. 10 oz. Length: 19 inches Parents: Rachel Jacobs & Landon Sunday Maternal Grandparents: Virginia Kawi Jacobs & Sean Delormier Paternal Grandparents: Lori White & Patrick Sunday Maternal Great-Grandparents: Linda Lazore & Willie Jacobs, Roxanne Oakes & Donald Delormier Paternal Great-Grandparents: Lucy & Alan White and Betty & "Jiggy" Sunday...

  • $130,000 Cash & Cars Giveaway winner from Tupper Lake, NY

    May 16, 2019

    AKWESASNE. On Saturday, May 11, 2019, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort (AMCR) held part one of the of the two-day giveaway with two chances to win a 2019 Chrysler 300 Touring plus a share of $30,000 Cash and Slot Play on May 11 & 25! Suzanne Gillis, from Tupper Lake, NY was declared the GRAND PRIZE winner of a new 2019 Chrysler 300 Touring from Warner Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram out of Malone, NY! Suzanne was the third of five finalists to make her selection, and was drawn to briefcase #4....

  • Diabetes Day helps community members get a head start on health

    Jaclyn Hall|May 16, 2019

    By: Jaclyn Hall On Wednesday May, 8th, the Diabetes Center for Excellence alongside the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Health Services organized a "One Stop Diabetes Health Care Clinic". The event went from 8:30 -11:30am giving community members plenty of time to take advantage of the free screenings, education and testing. Members of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Health Care team were present conducting blood sugar testing, blood pressure testing, foot checks and on site appointments with a Nurse...

  • The Establishment Of The Kaianerekowa (Great law)

    May 16, 2019

    The Peacemaker asked the Mohawk Chiefs to call a council. Messengers were sent out among the Mohawk people and the meeting began with the Peacemaker stating, “I, with agreement from Hiawatha, wish to report what we have accomplished these last five years. We have received the consent of the Five Nations: the Mohawks, the Onondagas, the Oneidas, the Cayuga’s and the Seneca’s, to form a union of our nations. The next step is to seek out Atotarhoh. Atotarhoh has continually tried to prevent the Great Peace from coming to our nations. We must...

  • UCDSB Students Learn Indigenous Culture & History at District-Wide Truth and Reconciliation +4 Gathering

    May 16, 2019

    (May 13, 2018) Brockville, ON - The Upper Canada District School Board (UCDSB) hosted a district-wide Indigenous gathering from May 6 to May 9 for students in Grades 5 and 6. The fourth annual event gave students the opportunity to learn about the traditions and culture of Inuit, Métis, Ojibway, Mohawk and Algonquin peoples, as well as the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada. Over the course of the four days, 16 schools participated with close to 900 students. On the first day...

  • Reader Photos

    May 16, 2019

    Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance EMTs conduct monthly rescue drills using Reeves, Scoop and traditional backboards. Submitted by Randy Montour....

  • Northern Borders/PTECH Career & Workforce Exploration April 2019 Field Trip

    May 16, 2019

    (May 10, 2019) On April 10th the Northern Borders / PTECH students had the amazing opportunity to visit the Fort Drum Medical Simulation Center. Despite the long bus ride, the students really enjoyed the different critical skill stations they went through that day. The military and civilian staff at the Medical Simulation Center greeted the students with MREs (Meal, Ready to Eat) for lunch and then cycled them through five different simulation stations. Experienced Army Medics walked the...

  • AMS April Awards

    May 16, 2019

    By Derrick Lafrance Generosity and hard work along with a love of Science was rewarded last week for students of the Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School. Their monthly awards ceremony was held last Friday, May 10th, and the Character Trait of the Month was Generosity. The teachers took to the microphone and announced why the student was deserving of Student of the Month. Last month the United Counties Science Fair was held and students of the Kawehnoke school took home some honors. In particular, Grade...

  • Children would rather be influencers or YouTubers than heroes like police officers or firefighters, TV psychologist says

    May 16, 2019

    Independent Children are increasingly aspiring to have careers where they think about themselves rather than about other people, according to The Secret Life of 4 Year Olds psychologist Sam Wass. “It used to be that the popular jobs were the old fashioned jobs, police officer, firefighter. Now they all want to be influencers, YouTubers,” he said. “All these jobs are fundamentally inward-looking - ‘how do I make my own life interesting to other people?”’ Dr. Wass said people can start to worry if they are thinking about “projecting this perfect...

  • The 12 Best Hikes In New York State That You Have to Experience

    May 16, 2019

    1.) Cascade Mountain, Adirondack Mountains There are approximately 46 high peaks in the Adirondack Mountains, and many hikers make it their mission to scale them all. This earns them the title of having completed the ADK 46 (though, don’t feel obliged to hike all 46… I couldn’t even dream of that). Out of all the peaks, Cascade Mountain is one of the most popular, and relatively less challenging than some of its counterparts. At a little under five miles, this is still a moderately difficult hike, there’s also a small section towards the sum...

  • Police Blotter

    May 16, 2019

    St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Blotter: On May 3, Justin A. Square, 23, of Hogansburg was charged with first-degree aggravated unlicensed operation, driving while intoxicated, refusal to take chemical test, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, improper right turn, speed not reasonable and prudent, fail to keep right, unregistered motor vehicle, registered plate display violation, inadequate insurance, expired inspection and unlicensed operation. He was arraigned in Bombay Town Court and remanded to the Franklin County Jail, Malone,...

  • Students of the Month Tsi Snaihne School.

    May 16, 2019

    L-R top row: Jay Square, Taylor Smoke, Aaron Adams, Tsioniate Thomas and Leslie Loran. L-R bottom row: Joe Peters, Ariel Lazore and Katsitsienha:wi Cook. Do you have any old photos that you'd like to share with our readers in Blast from the Past? Bring them in! Our offices are located on Hilltop Drive in the Communications Building. Stop letting your photos gather dust in the basement and bring them in for us! All photos are returned to their owner....

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

    May 16, 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...

  • CCE Learning Farm Open House

    May 16, 2019

    Saturday, May 18 - CANTON: The Cornell Cooperative Extension Learning Farm, 2043B State Highway 68, will host an open house with activities for the whole family, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; families will learn about the many programs Cornell Cooperative Extension does for St. Lawrence County through hands-on activities and demos including food preservation, taste testing, dog and goat agility, planting plants and seeds, and craft activities, farm-to-table display, Dairy Princess and milking cow, farm-to-school taste testing, and BOCES Ag Academy info;...

  • Teachers

    May 16, 2019

    Salary: Based on PSAC/AMBE Salary Grid The Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education (AMBE) was created in 1985 by the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA). AMBE is responsible for providing educational services to the Akwesasne Mohawk Community, including three schools that offer K4 to Grade 8 education, coordination of secondary education service in partnership with local school boards, adult education services, and post-secondary assistance. The Akwesasne Mohawk Community includes about 13,000 people, and borders on the Canadian Provinces of...

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