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Articles from the September 16, 2010 edition


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  • Tribe finds illegal gaming machines at All Inn Poker Room

    Shannon Burns|Sep 16, 2010

    The St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council announced Saturday at their monthly meeting that a random compliance check conducted on Sept. 9 at the All Inn Poker Room on Route 37 revealed the business to be in possession of electronic gaming machines. Tribal Council said that the All Inn Lounge is violating federal law. On Sept. 13. St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police arrested Anthony Laughing Jr. for his alleged involvement in operating the illegal poker room. He was charged promoting gambling and possession of a gambling device, both misdemeanors. The All...

  • 10th Annual Akwesasne International Powwow

    Shannon Burns|Sep 16, 2010

    Feathers, jingles, moccasins, drummers, hand-made crafts and food were just a few sights for powwow-goers who walked through the grounds of the Akwesasne International Powwow this past weekend. The community was also celebrating the 10th anniversary of the powwow that has brought countless guests from far and wide to the A’nowara’kowa Arena on Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island), where it has been held every year since 2000. “We hear often enough that we have a great location, next to the St. Lawre...

  • Men convicted in Benedict murders

    Shannon Burns|Sep 16, 2010

    Two men charged for the murders of Peter Benedict and Jade Benedict in 2005 have been convicted of their crimes. Jason Maestrello, 34 and Michael Boyle, 36 both of Sudbury, Ontario were charged for their roles in arranging a fake drug deal with the two Benedicts in order to rob them of $160,000. The Benedict men were both shot to death at the meeting spot they had arranged. The bodies were found in an isolated parking lot in the city of Cornwall early on July 16, 2005. That same day, a third victim, Andy Paul, was found bleeding of a gunshot wo...

  • Casino to allow children in for dining

    Shannon Burns|Sep 16, 2010

    The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino announced this week that they are now allowing minors inside the facility during certain hours as part of their family dining plan. Beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2010, guests under the age of 18 can visit the casino but will be required to stay on specially colored carpeting connecting three of the casino’s four dining areas - the Native Harvest Buffet, Rapids Food Court and Sticks Sports Bar. Due to alcohol sales at the Maple Room Steakhouse, minors will not be permitted there. However, the change in casino p...

  • Court lifts ban on enforcement of cig tax

    Shannon Burns|Sep 16, 2010

    On Sept 13, a state appellate court ruled that New York State’s enforcement of a cigarette tax law could move forward despite being stalled as a result of a federal lawsuit filed by the Seneca and Cayuga nations. While that case is still in federal court, the state court has lifted its temporary stay, allowing the law to move forward. The Senecas and Cayugas will continue to be exempt from the law’s enforcement until Sept. 28. The cigarette tax law requires stores on tribal lands in New York to charge state tax on major brand tobacco sold to...

  • Mark A. Narsisian

    Sep 16, 2010

    Nikanawaa AKWESASNE – Mr. Mark Andrew Narsisian “Nikanawaa”, age 60, of 68 Oakes Road, passed away Sunday afternoon, September 5, 2010 at his home surrounded by his family. Mark was born July 12, 1950 in Malone, the son of Andrew and Margaret L. Cook Narsisian. He graduated from East Rochester High School in 1968 and attended Brigham Young University. Mark was currently the Managing Editor of Indian Time Newspaper in Akwesasne, where he had been employed for many years. He was a member of the N...

  • Donna Edwards McEwan

    Sep 16, 2010

    Donna J. (Doonuts) Edwards McEwan, age 51, of Waterford NY; formerly of Akwesasne, passed away Mon. Sept. 6th suddenly at her home surrounded by her loving family. Donna is survived by her loving husband John McEwan, her mother Margaret White Edwards of Tsi Snaihne, her father Sonny (Helen) Edwards of Hogansburg; her children Robert (Dawn) Edwards; Andrew (Melissa) Edwards; Dacoda Edwards (Steve); Ashley Edwards and her husband Dwayne; stepchildren Sandy, Tony & John McEwan; 11 grandchildren;...

  • Hilda Marie Hackett

    Sep 16, 2010

    (September 3. 1936 - September 8.2010) Mrs. Hilda Marie Arquette Hackett, age 74 of Ellijay, Georgia, formerly of Akwesasne died Wednesday September 8, 2010 at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta GA. Mrs. Hackett was born in Akwesasne. NY on September 3. 1936. She was a homemaker and a very active member of the Good Samaritan Catholic Church in Ellijay. Hilda is preceded in death by her parents, Louis and Ethel Arquette, and infant brother, Louis and infant sister, Ellenmarie and three sisters. J...

  • Thank You

    Sep 16, 2010

    On behalf of the Mohawk Chapter of the Six Nations Agriculture Society, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks for all who helped to make this Mohawk Year at the New York State Fair-Indian Village a tremendous success. This twelve day event was accomplished by the full support and sponsorship of the St. Regis Band Council and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, who came to our support in our time of need. Their help is most appreciated. A large part of our success came about through the efforts of our Indian Village Princess-Ms. Hattie Edwards whose...

  • Niawen

    Sep 16, 2010

    Dear Akwesasronon: On behalf of Akwesasne Eagle Watch, I’d like to thank everyone who participated in our Mini Smoke Dance Competition held September 1st. I would also like to thank the other members of Eagle Watch and their families who did so much to pull this event together, niawenkowa! A big thank you to Paul Thomas, Dean George, Bear Fox, Ryan and Kanera Phillips and their awesome kids for being Smoke Dance instructors along with Ie’nikonriiostha Elijah-you guys are just awesome! Also, to Janique Odjick and Benny Herne for setting up the...

  • Niawen

    Sep 16, 2010

    Cortland Sunday – Rotewe, placed 3rd in the Traditional Dance. He wants to thank his family and especially his Uncle Dudes for making his traditional gear and outfit. Rotewe is in 3rd grade at the St. Regis Mohawk School....

  • Niawen: kowa

    Sep 16, 2010

    Niawen: kowa On behalf of the Mohawk Chapter of the Six Nations Agriculture Society, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks for all who helped to make this Mohawk Year at the New York State Fair-Indian Village a tremendous success. This twelve-day event was accomplished by the full support and sponsorship of the St. Regis Band Council and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe, who came to our support in our time of need. Their help is most appreciated. A large part of our success came about through the...

  • Niawen ko:wa

    Sep 16, 2010

    Niawen ko:wa The Akwesasne Eagle Watch would like to send a big Niawenko:wa to the Akwesasne Krunch Lacrosse Team for their generous donation. Also to the Thompson Rosemount Group and Jp2g Consultants for their generous donation in memory of Sako Lazore. It is very much appreciated and the donations will go towards anti-drug events and awareness. Submitted by Judy Barnes on behalf of Akwesasne Eagle Watch....

  • Mark Narsisian: A True Onkwehonwe

    Sep 16, 2010

    by Doug George-Kanentiio I have had the honour of knowing Mark Nikanawaa Narsisian since 1984 when he took a chance and hired me as an editor of Indian Time. My initial impression was one of amazement that a man could laugh as deeply and with as much genuine happiness as Mark. He carried a great, enveloping light around him, making the demanding, arduous and all consuming task of producing a newspaper much easier. Going to work for Mark was easy since he cared about his employees and welcomed...

  • In memory of a great friend and cousin of mine

    Sep 16, 2010

    In memory of a great friend and cousin of mine. Mark was a good man, dedicated to his family and this community. He was always there for his family and friends, visiting, cooking, organizing reunions and helping out at celebrations or wakes. He was always sharing stories of growing up and his life adventures. Every conversation would turn hilarious by his embellishing on the story with bragging, boasting and exaggeration. Forget about telling him a secret, he was ace at blackmail! And I saw how...

  • In Memory

    Sep 16, 2010

    When we think back to when we first met somebody, sometimes we can’t recall when it’s over thirty years later. But remembering Mark is easy for me. I was a young college student doing research and I considered Akwesasne Notes as one of my reference sources. This is when the office was located in the Racquette Point area of Akwesasne in the late 1970’s. When I walked in and met with Mark, he generously gave me many copies of previous “Notes.” Being shy and a little unsure of myself, I tried to...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Sep 16, 2010

    Letter to the Editor To all Akwesasronon: The Akwesasne Eagle Watch has been accused of being a vigilante group. A vigilante is someone who decides to take the law into their own hands rather than relying on legal authorities. AEW has held peace walks in areas known for their drug trade. During most of these walks, we were led by an officer of either the St Regis Mohawk Tribal Police or the Akwesasne Mohawk Police. We have held candlelight vigils to remember those we have lost due to drugs, alcohol and violence. During these activities we ask...

  • Akwesasne Financial Summit

    Sep 16, 2010

    Akwesasne - If you thought the federal stimulus was just about non-native “shovel-ready” construction projects, think again. It includes investment capital and programs for Native American businesses and aspiring entrepreneurs. Learn how to access these funds and programs at a free presentation from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Sept. 30, at the Wolf Clan Restaurant, Hogansburg (Akwesasne). The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Office of Economic Development, PathStone Enterprise Center and the St. Lawrence County Chamber are sponsoring the fourth Annual Financi...

  • Memorial: Rodney Square

    Sep 16, 2010

    Memorial Rodney Square Sept. 17, 2008 Two years have passed and we all still miss you very much. Especially your Grandchildren, they burst out crying and say they miss you. The tears that fall are reminders of how you were there in time of need, how you kept your head up high throughout the hurt and pain. But if you were still here today you’d tell us never give up and never let go of what is important to you. But I miss you very much, you meant the world to me. Now I sometimes shed tears like falling rain and heartache and feel that awful p...

  • Tribal police arrest armed suspect

    Sep 16, 2010

    Submitted by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe On September 13, 2010 at approximately 7:25 pm, patrols yielded a Ford Windstar Van traveling at a high rate of speed on Cook Rd.; the vehicle also had no rear plate. While talking to driver, officers noticed a shotgun beside the driver’s leg, and a large bowie knife. Another rifle was also observed on the passenger seat. The driver put up his window and refused to obey officer’s orders to exit the vehicle. Officers then broke the driver’s window and were forced to use pepper spray to subdue the suspe...

  • GED program celebrates graduates

    Sep 16, 2010

    The Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club proudly celebrated another successful year of the GED program with a graduation ceremony. Seven of the twenty-five graduates attended the ceremony with many of their family members and friends present. It was a wonderful ceremony that focused on the accomplishments of the students, it is not easy going back to school after a person has been out for a while and it takes a great deal of dedication from the student. “Most of these students have already signed up f...

  • Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Blotter

    Sep 16, 2010

    On August 19th, 2010 Akwesasne Mohawk Police report a male plead guilty to two sexual offences in Valleyfield Provincial Court that resulted from a complaint filed with the Akwesasne Mohawk Police in August 2009. The incident occurred at a residence in Tsi Snaihne, Quebec. Subject was released on conditions and placed on probation until August 18th, 2011. On August 21st, 2010 Akwesasne Mohawk Police Patrol stopped a vehicle traveling on Wade Lafrance Memorial Road, in the District of Tsi Snaihne Quebec. The operator identified as Steven L....

  • CRTF arrests 32 people for contraband tobacco

    Sep 16, 2010

    (CORNWALL, ONTARIO) – The Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) made several contraband tobacco and marijuana plant seizures in the following regions between August 25th, 2010 and September 14th, 2010: 5 seizures in Cornwall, Ontario 10 seizures in South Glengarry, Ontario 4 seizures in South Stormont, Ontario 3 seizures in North Stormont, Ontario 2 seizures in North Glengarry, Ontario 1 seizure in Williamsburg, Ontario These seizures resulted in the arrest of 29 individuals who face charges u...

  • Wampum belt workshop held at museum

    Sep 16, 2010

    On Fri. Sept. 10, the Akwesasne Museum hosted a workshop on the importance of wampum belts to the Iroquois people. Ken Maracle, a Cayuga from Grand River, Ont., along with his wife, explained the process of recreating wampum belts. He demonstrated the complex art of cutting the beads from the quahog clam, found along the Atlantic coast. He explained the different belt symbolisms and what belt belonged to the different Iroquois nations. Participants each received a wampum bead. This workshop was...

  • Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club implements new national program aimed to inspire kids

    Sep 16, 2010

    Organization to Tackle Alarming High School Graduation Statistic Head On Akwesasne, NY September 2010 – One every 26 seconds – that’s the estimated pace at which America’s young people are dropping out of high school to face an uncertain future of poverty, crime and failure. To help combat this epidemic, Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club is participating in a new academic success initiative from Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and generously funded by Conoco Phillips. BE GREAT: Graduate, introdu...

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