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  • American Legion Post 1479 Celebrates 100th Anniversary with Memorial Day Parade

    Jaclyn Hall|May 30, 2019

    By: Jaclyn Hall Every year Akwesasne's own American Legion Post 1479 organizes the Memorial Day Parade. This year the parade took place on Sunday, May 26th beginning intersection of Route 37 and 37C. The parade began at noon with many Akwesasne organizations and businesses taking part. There was also another reason to commemorate; the American Legion Post 1479 celebrated their 100th year anniversary. Some of Akwesasne's finest men served in the American Wars. Soldiers who have passed away and th...

  • Louis Levi Oakes, Last Surviving Mohawk Code Talker Walks On

    Kaniehtonkie|May 30, 2019

    By Kaniehtonkie The last surviving Mohawk Code Talker Levi Oakes 94 passed on to the Sky World on Tuesday, May 28, 2019. Mr. Oakes was surrounded by his loved ones. Mr. Oakes registered at the age of 18 for the U.S. Army, and served for six years as a Technician 4th Grade with Company B's 442nd Signal Battalion. He received his training as a code talker, along with other Akwesasne Mohawks, while stationed in Louisiana. During WWII, the Mohawk language was one of 33 Native languages used to send...

  • Iohahi:io Akwesasne Adult Education & Training Center Changes Name

    May 30, 2019

    Submitted by Jacey Rourke, AMBE Communications and Quality Assurance Officer On Wednesday, Onerahtohko:wa/May 22, 2019 Iohahi:io staff invited their partners to a sign unveiling announcing a new name for Iohahi:io. The center will now be known as the Iohahi:io Akwesasne Education & Training Institute. Becky Smoke, Academic Program Manager stated, "Today we are celebrating our name change from Iohahi:io Adult Education center to Iohahi:io Akwesasne Education and Training Center. We are moving...

  • Akwesasne Tourism Program Hosts 2nd annual Artisan Showcase

    Jaclyn Hall|May 30, 2019

    By: Jaclyn Hall On Saturday, May 25th, the Travis Solomon Lacrosse Box was filled with Akwesasne's most talented and creative artists. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's – Tourism Group organized their second annual "Artisan Showcase" which consisted of approximately 40 different artists. "This year we invited artists from Akwesasne, but next year we are thinking of inviting artist from all Mohawk Reservations, maybe all of the Haudenosaunee territories. We want this Artisan Showcase to grow to be a...

  • CAROLINE NEE (HERNE) MANGONE

    May 30, 2019

    Caroline nee (Herne) Mangone, of Clifton, passed away on May 23, 2019. Mrs. Mangone was born in Bombay, New York, the daughter of William Michael Kanawato and Mary Charlotte Saiawenre (White) Herne. She resided in Manhattan briefly before moving to Clifton in 1961. Before her retirement to raise her family, Mrs. Mangone was employed as a supervisor with New York Telephone Co. She was a faithful parishioner of St. Philip the Apostle R.C. Church in Clifton. Mrs. Mangone was predeceased by... Full story

  • PETER CLUTE "Tewasehrakeh"

    May 30, 2019

    AKWESASNE – Peter “Tewasehrakeh” Clute unexpectedly went back to the Spirit World on Thursday morning, May 23, 2019 at his home. Peter was born February 13, 1971 in Malone, the son of Elizabeth (Mitchell) Clute and the late Myron D. Clute. He attended Mohawk and Salmon River School. A marriage to Donna Armstrong ended in divorce. Peter worked with his father assisting with his roofing business and later worked in security at the Bingo Palace. More recently, he was working for Huey Point Construction on Kawehnoke. He enjoyed working on small... Full story

  • LOUIS LEVI OAKES "Tahagietagwa"

    May 30, 2019

    AKWESASNE – Louis Levi Oakes, "Tahagietagwa", Turtle Clan, age 94, of 380 Wade LaFrance Memorial Road, Tsi Snaihne peacefully passed away Tuesday evening, May 28, 2019 at the Iakhihsohtha Lodge, where he was surrounded by his family. Levi was born January 23, 1925 in Kanatakon, the son of the late Angus and Mary (Porke) Oakes. He attended schools in Akwesasne and later received his high school diploma through Operation Education in cooperation with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and Salmon River Cen... Full story

  • ATFE's Akwesasne Roadside Cleanup Day

    May 30, 2019

    Niawenkó:wa Akwesasró:non! Everyone give yourselves a pat on the back. Sonkwaiatí:son (Our Creator) is smiling on us, seeing his children picking up trash and taking care of Mother Earth on May 11th. House of David won first place with 170 bags. Trash Talkers came in second with 120 bags. CAA Management came in third with 98 bags. A total of 25 teams registered for this year’s cleanup. The Ahkwesáhsne Task Force on the Environment, the SRMT Environment Division, the MCA Department of Environment would like to thank the following groups and i...

  • Tsi Snaihne School News

    May 30, 2019

    Submitted by Linda Brown...

  • Tsi Snaihne School News - Part 2

    May 30, 2019

    Here are additional pictures....

  • Tsi Snaihne School News - Part 3

    May 30, 2019

    Here are additional pictures....

  • Summary of Federal Indian Day Schools Settlement Hearing

    May 30, 2019

    The hearing regarding the approval of the Federal Indian Day School Class Action (FIDSCA) took place in Winnipeg, Manitoba from May 13th, 2019 to May 15th, 2019. The federal judge Justice Phelan heard from the counsel of the plaintiffs Gowling WLG, the counsel for Canada, as well as submissions from supporters and objectors. The first day of the hearing, counsel from both sides presented amendments to the settlement agreement to the judge to be included in the court record. The proposed amendments are: Opt-out from the settlement period...

  • The KonMari Method Presented by the Akwesasne Family Wellness Program

    Jaclyn Hall|May 30, 2019

    By Jaclyn Hall On Wednesday, May 22nd, the Akwesasne Family Wellness Program invited one of Canada's most well-known professional organizers/decluttering experts to Akwesasne: Ivanka Siolkowsky. Siolkowsky, who hails from Toronto, apprenticed under Marie Kondo who is known for the KonMari Method. Siolkowsky began her own consultation business, The Tidy Moose. Through her business, she helps people to organize and declutter their homes, and ultimately their lives along the way, using a four-step...

  • THE GREAT LAW

    May 30, 2019

    Reprinted with permission from Traditional Teachings by the Native North American Travelling College The Functions of The Council 7th WAMPUM The caretaking and watching of the Council Fire shall be the responsibility of the Onondaga's. If a matter is to be brought before the Council at a time the Council is not meeting, a messenger will be sent to Atotarhoh, Hononwiretonh, or Skanawitih, the Firekeepers relating the nature of the matter to be brought up. Atotarhoh will call together the...

  • The 50 Best Hikes in the US: The Definitive Guide, Part One

    May 30, 2019

    Indian Time offered our readers two articles on hiking, one for beginners in our May 9th issue, ‘11 Adirondacks Hikes that are Perfect for Beginners’ and our second on May 16th, ‘The 12 Best Hikes in New York State That You Have to Experience.’ Now, if you’re ready to tackle some breathtaking hikes on your travels this summer, look no further, here are fifty hikes taking you from one coast to another. Many feature awe-inspiring views, babbling brooks, mountain vistas, and towering pine trees. Others will bring you closer to animals and other wi...

  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne May Monthly Meeting

    Kaniehtonkie|May 30, 2019

    By Kaniehtonkie The May monthly meeting for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne was held in Tsi Snaihne, Recreation Center on Thursday, May 23rd. The meeting was called to order promptly at 6pm by Grand Chief Abram Benedict. After Call to Order, Council Attendance and a Moment of Silence was held, the MCA Council Agenda was accepted. Next the Rules of Order was read. The Follow Up consisted of: 1. Request water testing intake for PCB’s. The Dept of Technical Services have been monitoring and sending samples out for testing. They test for mirex, m...

  • Police Blotter

    May 30, 2019

    St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police: On May 17, Kaitlyn C. White, 24, of Hogansburg was charged with no seat belt and unregistered motor vehicle. Ticket is returnable to Tribal Court on June 10. On May 17, Larry Roundpoint, 30, of Hogansburg was charged with speeding (55-35 mph zone). Ticket is returnable to Tribal Court on June 3. On May 17, Barbara A. Marshall, 26, of Ogdensburg was charged with running a stop sign and second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation. Tickets are returnable to Bombay Town Court on June 4. On May 18, Rory M. Stever,...

  • Survey finds few tribal governments allow press freedom

    May 30, 2019

    Reprinted with permission from Indian Country Media Grand Ronde tribal citizen Mia Prickett used to assume she was reading unbiased reporting in the tribe’s newspaper, Smoke Signals. But all that changed when the tribal council disenrolled her and more than 80 of her relatives in 2013, effectively taking away their tribal citizenship. “I had no reason to think that council or anybody had an undue influence on the paper,” Prickett, then a journalism student at the University of Oregon said. She describes herself as naive for believing that...

  • Reader Comic

    May 30, 2019

    Reader Comic...

  • St. Regis Village, Akwesasne Mohawk Territory teenagers 1965-66 (?)

    May 30, 2019

    Submitted by Doug Kanentiio George. Can you identify anyone in this picture? 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....

  • Identified!

    May 30, 2019

    Niawen to Roger Thomas for naming the people in last week's Blast from the Past. Front: Carol Ann Jacobs, Jennifer Cook, Julia King, Louise Hall and Mary Kay Square. Back: Donald Thompson, Larry White, Dennis Sam, Joanne King, unknown, Felecia Jacobs, Mike Benedict, Sammy Oakes and Dan George. 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...

  • Ontario Launches First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies Curriculum

    May 30, 2019

    Thunder Bay, Ontario. Ontario’s Government for the people is supporting Indigenous students and Indigenous education by releasing the new First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Studies, Grades 9 - 12, curriculum on the Ministry of Education website for school boards, educators, parents, and Indigenous communities and partners. To implement the revised First Nations, Métis and Inuit Studies curriculum, the Ontario government is committing $3.25 million to support school boards. The curriculum is comprised of ten secondary courses. These elective cou...

  • RECREATION & LEISURE AIDE

    May 30, 2019

    PAY LEVEL: RLA START $19.04 SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Recreation and Leisure Supervisor, the incumbent is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the activity programs designed to meet the physical, emotional, social, intellectual and spiritual needs of the residents who present with a wide range of physical and psycho-social abilities. QUALIFICATIONS: • Currently enrolled in, or completed, a diploma or degree in recreation and leisure studies, therapeutic recreation, kinesiology or other related f...

  • CARETAKER

    May 30, 2019

    Salary Level: GST14 $33,736.56 SUMMARY OF RESPONSIBILITIES: Under the supervision of the Maintenance and Tenant Manager, the incumbent is responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of all assets defined and under the care of assigned MCA assets. QUALIFICATIONS: • One (1) year Post-Secondary Certification program OR • High School Diploma with 2 years’ maintenance experience and caretaking experience; • Certification or ability to be certified within specific timeframes for WHMIS and other related training; • Must possess valid driver’s...

  • AMBE JOB POSTING - BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION FACILITATOR

    May 30, 2019

    Salary: Based on AMBE Facilitators 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 Ontar...

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