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  • 19th Annual Robideau/Lamitie-King Juried Art Exhibit

    Jun 9, 2022

    The 19th Annual Robideau/Lamitie-King Juried Art Exhibit was held on Thursday, June 2, 2022, at the Downtown Artist Cellar in Malone, NY. The art show featured work from local middle and high school students from Chateaugay, Brushton-Moria, Franklin Academy, St. Regis Falls and Salmon River Central. The Downtown Artist Cellar is located at 410 East Main Street, Malone NY and features the work of 15+ unique artists who find inspiration in the Foothills of the Adirondacks. The gallery operates in...

  • Akwesasne Children's Powwow Returns!

    Jun 9, 2022

    Excitement filled the former IGS building on Saturday, June 11th. The huge open space was filled with young dancers dressed in powwow regalia and traditional clothing. Crafters – beaders, weavers and jewelry makers lined the outer perimeter of the building, showing a large assortment of handmade crafts and artwork. Outside, food trucks lined up to serve all your favorites – fried bread, strawberry drink, tacos, hot dogs and a whole lot more. Children from tiny Tots to age thirteen danced to two...

  • Indigenous leaders react to Bill 96

    Jun 9, 2022

    Indigenous communities in Quebec say the language law passed two weeks ago will harm the education prospects of their youth and undermine reconciliation in the province. In Kahnawake, members of the community are meeting daily to discuss ways of contesting the law, said Mike Delisle, a member of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) Delisle said the Coalition Avenir Quebec government did not adequately consult with Indigenous communities about the reform. MCK informed Kahnawa’kehró:non that a special community meeting concerning Bill 96 has...

  • Indigenous Fashion Arts Festival – Toronto Harbourfront

    Jun 9, 2022

    Indigenous Fashion Arts (IFA) is a multi-platform non-profit organization for Indigenous-made fashion, craft and textile arts. They explore the deep connections between mainstream fashion, Indigenous art and traditional practice through artist development, public engagement and sector innovation. Celebrating global Indigenous expression in fashion and the arts and its grounding in Indigenous knowledge, ways of life and storytelling. Led by a majority of Indigenous women, IFA connects audiences...

  • Canada reaffirms commitment to address the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people

    Jun 9, 2022

    OTTAWA, TRADITIONAL UNCEDED ALGONQUIN TERRITORY, ON – Government of Canada reaffirms commitment to address the ongoing tragedy of missing and murdered Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people. Violence against Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA+ people in Canada is an ongoing national tragedy. The Government of Canada is working with families, survivors and communities as equal partners towards solutions that will protect vulnerable people and address the root causes of this violence. On the first anniversary of the release of the M...

  • HARVEY J. ARQUETTE, JR.

    Jun 9, 2022

    AKWESASNE - Harvey James Arquette Jr, 41 of 294 Wade LaFrance Road, Akwesasne. Began his journey to the Sky world on May 30th, 2022, after a long and courageous battle with lung cancer. Harvey was born in Massena, NY on July 21st, 1980. The son of Harvey Arquette Sr (Marlene), and Lola Sawatis (Arquette), and dear twin brother to Jake Arquette. Harvey is survived by his life partner of 22 years, Lauralee Arquette, whom he married on March 29th, 2008. Together they have given life to 5 beautiful... Full story

  • Joseph Leaf

    Jun 9, 2022

    Born in Cornwall on May 9, 1949. Joseph passed away on Saturday June 4, 2022. Predeceased by his former wife Joanne (Ayotte) and his parents Mike and Mary Leaf, his brother Kenneth Leaf and sister Hazel Herne. He is survived by his son Peter Joseph Leaf, his brothers Lawrence (Yvonne), Nelson (Loretta), Teddy (Denise), Leslie (Stacey) and sister Debbie Leaf- Lafleche. Also survived by many nieces and nephews, great - nieces and great - nephews and many cousins. Joseph spent many years working... Full story

  • Thomas Sylvester

    Jun 9, 2022

    SYLVESTER, Thomas – at home surrounded by family on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at the age of 75 years. Beloved husband of Annabelle Sylvester (née Trombley). Loving father of Sonja and Thomas Jason. Cherished grandfather of Tyler, Hayden, Andre, Locklan, Dennis, Kura, Ella, Meesha, Jayda, Raeya and Tommy and great grandfather of Kennedi and Camden. Son of the late David and Cecelia (née Delormier) Sylvester. Predeceased by his daughter Shawna, brothers Basil and John and by his sister, Mary Mon... Full story

  • CONGRATULATIONS

    Jun 9, 2022

    Julia Delorimiere, Lewiston, NY Graduated May 22, 2022 from State University of New York at Buffalo. Bachelor of Arts Degree in Legal Studies, Cum Laude Daughter of Allison Anderson and Thomas Delorimiere of Lewiston, NY Granddaughter of Bobby & Anna Delorimiere of Akwesasne....

  • CONGRATULATIONS

    Jun 9, 2022

    Congratulations to Rosalie Morris, on her graduation on May 12, 2022 from North Country Community College. Rosalie graduated with Honors, Phi Theta Kappa with an Associate's Degree in Business Administration. Her aunt stitched her graduation outfit. Rosalie is currently employed with the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe....

  • New York passes bill to ban sale of puppy mill dogs in pet stores

    Jun 9, 2022

    The New York State Legislature has passed the Puppy Mill Pipeline Bill, groundbreaking legislation that will end the retail sale of dogs, cats and rabbits in pet stores across the state. The bill now heads to Gov. Kathy Hochul. If signed into law, it would cut off a major outlet for puppy mills. This victory follows the December 2021 release of a hidden camera investigation conducted by the Humane Society of the United States, which found suffering, sick and dying puppies in American Kennels,...

  • Trenton "Wiggz" Lawrence Square

    Jun 9, 2022

    HOGANSBURG - Trenton "Wiggz" Lawrence Square, 19, passed away Wednesday, June 1, 2022, as a result of a tragic car accident. Trent was born January 3, 2003, in Massena, the son of Tyson Square and Leah Cook. He attended Salmon River Central School and CCVS. In 2011, he beamed with pride, having been the water boy for his father's team, the St. Regis Braves. That championship team brought the President's Cup to Akwesasne 2 years in a row. He was also a very proud alumni of the Akwesasne Storm... Full story

  • KEVIN Z. KING

    Jun 9, 2022

    AKWESASNE – Kevin Zachary King, 58, of State Route 37, passed away Saturday evening, June 4, 2022 at Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital with the love and support of his family surrounding him. Kevin was born on June 3, 1964 in Cornwall, the son of the late John and Anne (David) King. He attended schools in St. Regis and graduated from high school in Cornwall and later attended college. On August 31, 1991, he married Sheila Miller in Six Nations. Kevin worked for a time as an ironworker but a... Full story

  • Marion (Wariianen) Lazore "Auntie"

    Jun 9, 2022

    Akwesasne – Marion (Wariianen) Lazore "Auntie" (72), was called home at Cornwall Community Hospital on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, after a valiant battle with cirrhosis and cancer. However, not before she gathered her strength to gift her family one last week of good times before embarking on her journey to heaven. Marion was born September 14, 1947, in Cornwall, Ontario, to Louis and Elizabeth (Papineau) Lazore. Marion did not have any children of her own, but she loved and cared for all her n... Full story

  • Ryan Dale White

    Jun 9, 2022

    Akwesasne: Ryan Dale White, age 42 of Akwesasne, NY, passed away unexpectedly on June 4, 2022. Ryan was born on October 9, 1979 in Massena, NY. He is survived by his parents Dale and Marilyn White, his sons Oren White and Warren White, his twin sister Rowen White (Gordon Hellegers), and her children Maizie and Moss; his uncles Hollis White and Dean White (Rosemary) and is preceded in death by his loving grandparents Lincoln and Emily White and his aunt Denise White among others. Ryan graduated... Full story

  • Marcia Diabo Rowley

    Jun 9, 2022

    Marcia Diabo Rowley, 73, of Syracuse, passed away June 3, 2022. Marcia was born and raised in Akwesasne, Quebec on May 28, 1949 to the late Joseph and Charlotte Diabo. Marcia was an excellent cook who was dedicated to her family. She loved her trips to the casino and playing bingo. Most of all she loved to spend time with her grandchildren and great grandchildren. She is predeceased by her Sisters, Marie Johnson, Elizabeth Mayo, Marjorie Lazore and Brother, Kenneth Diabo. She is survived by her... Full story

  • The Unexplainable

    Jun 9, 2022

    By Dale White My wife Marilyn and I lost our son of 42 years last weekend. It is a parent’s worst nightmare. The loss of a child to suicide. We hear about it, read about it but never in a million years imagine it would happen to us. But it did. We sit shocked and stunned days later wracked in pain, huddling with our daughter, Rowen—Ryan’s twin sister--and grandson, Oren. We find comfort in the tremendous outpouring of sympathy, condolences, support from everyone in our community and communities where we have lived. Many messages have a simil...

  • SUNY Potsdam Celebrates Class of 2022 at Commencement

    Jun 9, 2022

    The State University of New York at Potsdam will recognize the Class of 2022 during the College's 202nd Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 21. The State University of New York at Potsdam honored the Class of 2022 with a Commencement to remember – a picture-perfect, sunshine-filled ceremony with nearly 5,000 guests, in the College's Academic Quad. Keynote speaker Dr. Bernie Williams (Hon. '19) addressed graduates and their families, two years after he was originally set to speak. And for t...

  • THE COVENANT CHAIN

    Jun 9, 2022

    The sailing ship that was the symbol of the British in the Two Row Wampum is also an essential element of the Silver Covenant Chain. It is that ship which was being tied to the Confederacy, first by a rope held in people’s hands, then to a tree, then to a rock and finally by a chain linked to the heartland of the Confederacy at Onondaga. It is sometimes said that the three rows of Wampum which separate the sailing ships and the canoe on the Two Row Wampum are the three links of the Covenant Chain: Peace, Respect and Trust. These three keep t...

  • Tewatsirókwas

    Jun 9, 2022

    1. Wa'ontikè:tohte ne tewatsirókwas The fireflies are out 2. O'nó:wa teskonkié:rens iotiia'tahnhètska They are beetles with a soft body 3. Nó:nen enkió:karahwe, onkonthahseró:ten At twilight, they produce a light 4. Tho nikontiiéhrha, enkontahrió:ten They do this to attract a mate 5. Okenhró:kon kontinákere akohserà:ke nikahá:wi Larvae live underground during winter 6. Kakwitè:ne nikahá:wi enkontehià:ron They mature during the spring 7. Kanonhsí:sere tánon o'nótsta kón:neks ne tewatsirókwas Fire...

  • Growing the Canadian Economy: New National Indigenous Economic Strategy is an economic stimulus for Canada

    Jun 9, 2022

    OTTAWA, ON – A coalition of more than 25 National Indigenous Organizations has unveiled a new National Indigenous Economic Strategy (NIES), the first such strategy to be built and designed exclusively by Indigenous leaders, institutions, and organizations from across Canada. The strategy has four strategic pathways, People, Lands, Infrastructure and Finance, with 107 Calls to Economic Prosperity to guide Canadian society toward a more equitable and prosperous future. The Strategy reveals that policy changes and investments to correct a h...

  • Iakhihsohtha Lodge Hosts "60's Fashion Show" for Residents

    Jun 9, 2022

    The staff and residents of the Iakhihsohtha Lodge took part in a 60's-themed fashion show. Two family members of each resident were invited to come and watch their loved one partake in the event. Residents of the Lodge donned their best outfits and accessories and strutted their stuff on the runway for their family members. Lodge staff assisted residents with their outfits, walking the runway, and MC'ing the event. Lodge staff also provided entertainment with dances during intermission to get...

  • Iakhihsohtha Lodge Hosts "60's Fashion Show" for Residents - Part 2

    Jun 9, 2022

    Here are additional pictures....

  • St. Regis Mohawk School - May Outstanding Attendance

    Jun 9, 2022

    Ms. Ellsworth- Kash Francis, Kraydence Square, Demi Terrance, Andy White, Mrs. Yando - Lennon Leaf, Etta White Mr. Bish - Saniyah Buckshot Ms. Cartier - Jordan Thomas Mrs. Besaw - Sky Cook Mrs. Thompson - Trayvien George-Griffin, Patience Jacobs, Joey Thompson Mrs. Sprankle - Trent Terrance Mrs. Reid - Karma-Dave Back-Pinette, Klein Francis, Sophia Jock, Tyler LaTrace Jr., Kennah Leaf, Iesennakwenienstha Thomas Ms. Buckley - Charlie Sunday-Oakes, Wyatt Tarbell, Alfred Terrance Jr., Aurie Thompson Mrs. Cook - Isaac Cook, Alex Dupra, Karter...

  • Give blood in honor of World Blood Donor Day

    Jun 9, 2022

    WATERTOWN, NY – Each year on June 14, the American Red Cross joins blood collection organizations around the world to celebrate World Blood Donor Day, which recognizes the importance of a safe and stable blood supply and the donors who make it possible. Nearly 2.5 million people volunteer to give lifesaving blood and platelets every year with the Red Cross. Eligible donors are encouraged to be part of something big by making an appointment to give blood or platelets this month. Blood donations decline in late spring and early summer – esp...

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