A Voice from the Eastern Door

Articles from the September 20, 2012 edition


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  • Mohawk Tribal Health Services Wins National Award

    Sep 20, 2012

    The National Indian Health Board has chosen the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Centering Pregnancy Program to receive a 2012 National Indian Health Board Annual Award. In an award letter dated September 12, 2012, Cathy Abramson, Chairperson of the National Indian Health Board (NIHB) stated, “After much deliberation, National Indian Health Board Members selected you from a host of qualified candidates because of your selfless dedication to advancing the health of Native people…. your work on behalf of the health of Natives in your community has b...

  • Akwesasne Goalie Wins Coveted Lacrosse Trophy

    David Sommerstein, North Country Public Radio|Sep 20, 2012

    Hogansburg, NY, Sep 17, 2012 — Akwesasne is celebrating the return of a sports hero today. Lacrosse goalie Mike Thompson was declared the Most Valuable Player after winning North America’s biggest lacrosse championship, the Mann Cup, on Saturday. Thompson’s team, the Peterborough Lakers, was losing two games to none against the Langley Thunder. The Lakers’ younger goalie was pulled in favor of 36 year-old Thompson in game three. The Lakers went on to rattle off four straight wins with Thompso...

  • Disability Awareness Day a Success

    Samantha McMillon Wilkinson|Sep 20, 2012

    The Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Program (TVR) hosted the 10th annual Disability Awareness Day at HAVFD Station #1 last Friday. It started with greetings from Sub Chief Eric Thompson, Chief Ron LaFrance and Chief Randy Hart. There were too many tables to name packed in Station #1, like Three Sisters, Family Support group, SRMT DSS, A/CDPP, MCA Dept. of Health, ACFS, the Client Assistant Program from Central NY that provides due process and fair hearing services for those dissatisfied with se...

  • Sken:nen Ratiha:wi - St. Regis Mohawk School’s New Motto

    Samantha McMillon Wilkinson|Sep 20, 2012

    The St. Regis Mohawk School has adopted a new motto, and on Monday, Principal Thomas had the kids screaming it at the top of their lungs in a school-wide assembly. Mohawk Teacher Angela Elijah explained that Sken:nen Ratiha:wi translates exactly to peace they carry, therefore, carriers of peace. Mrs. Elijah also explained the symbolism of the Tree of Peace. The assembly program read: “Our goal for our school community is sken:nen ratiha:wi, this means we are all peace keepers. To make our s...

  • Corey Edwards-Lazore

    Sep 20, 2012

    Corey Tyler (Mexi) Edwards-Lazore, age 27, of Snye, Quebec, died unexpectedly at the Ottawa Civic Hospital on Sunday, September 16, 2012. Corey was born on May 11, 1985. Corey is survived by his father Brian Lazore, his mother Elizabeth Edwards, his brother Harlen Edwards-Lazore and his companion Crystal Square, their children Angel, Noah, Corbin, Terrance, Thoren and Mason and his sister Jade Boots. Corey was also survived by his Tota Ma, Josephine Lazore and his grandmother Catherine Edwards,...

  • Harold Wilbert Edwards, Sr.

    Sep 20, 2012

    AKWESASNE – Mr. Harold W. Edwards, Sr., age 80, passed away early Monday morning, September 17, 2012 at his home under the loving care of his granddaughter, Hattie, and his home care workers. He is survived by his children, Mike and Kelly, Elizabeth, Rodney, Alan, Charlie A., and Roseanne Edwards; his grandchildren, Crystal Lazore, Mike Jr., Lacey, Jarrett, Kacey, Hattie, Todd, Clint, and Harlen Edwards, Jaid Edwards-Boots, Brandi and Raven Edwards, Deacon Hall, Thunder and Chazlynn Cook, Nicole Winder, and Destin Thomas; 12 great g...

  • In Memory

    Sep 20, 2012

    In Loving memory of Lucien Hamelin & Stella Garrow Hamelin (2004)....

  • Letter to the editor

    Sep 20, 2012

    Letter to the Editor OPTIONS! For several months I have been pondering the lack of land on our territory to provide housing for our families. Family members have had to purchase land off of the territory recently to provide a home for their family. The Dundee Land Claim is a specific claim and is only for monetary remuneration. Why can’t we purchase land for the community in Dundee and have land allotments so that everyone will have a place to live? There are quite a few farms in that area and many people are thinking of the future and our a...

  • Letter to the editor

    Sep 20, 2012

    To the Community of Akwesasne September 14, 2012 Greetings and best wishes to you all. We are writing to make you aware of the hazards to the community at the Indian Time/CKON communication building and to make a request. We at Indian Time are requesting that your programs/services do not bring any children/youth to this building because of the ongoing exposure to dangerous second hand smoke emanating from the CKON side of the building. This also applies to our elderly who are frequent visitors. We at Indian Time are heartbroken to make this...

  • Broadband Project Begins Construction Preparation

    Sep 20, 2012

    Akwesasne Territory - Community members will be seeing white broadband construction trucks with lift buckets, working to prepare equipment and poles to string fiber optic cable. Their current preparation work involves marking poles and setting anchors -- metal rods in the ground for guy wire attachments. This is to prepare the equipment for stringing the cable which will eventually make high-speed internet available to every business and household in Akwesasne. The next phase of the project will be the actual stringing of the cable on the...

  • New Kateri Statue

    Deb Cook|Sep 20, 2012

    On Monday, Sept. 17th, the Kateri Hall in Hogansburg got a new statue. Community members went to Fonda, NY to pick up the statue from the Kateri Shrine. The Kateri Circle was able to purchase the 800-pound statue from their fundraising money. Stop over at the Kateri Hall to see the new statue, it rests on a base donated by Thomas and Jessie Diebow on April 19, 1965 and reads ’Kateri Tekakwitha “Lily of the Mohawks” 1656-1680’....

  • Tetewatskahon Green Food Box Partners with Senior Center

    Samantha McMillon Wilkinson|Sep 20, 2012

    The Tetewatskahon Green Food Box program and the Hogansburg Senior Center are partnering up to make getting fresh produce to seniors much easier. Last Wednesday, a presentation was held to inform seniors of the new change. Instead of seniors making the trip to Kanonhawatsheriio to place their orders, they are now able to order their food box right at the Senior Center. Better yet, Senior Center staff will also pick up the produce from Kanatakon Rec. and bring it back to the center, so they can...

  • Student Submission

    Sep 20, 2012

    This letter is a written response to Mrs. McGregor’s Kindergarten class of 2011/2012. The students had sent letters to a soldier overseas, and soldier Shawn Jacob’s response came over the summer....

  • Student Submission

    Sep 20, 2012

    I am. .. I am black, the color of my favorite toy inside my house. I am a lion, my favorite pet. I am 24, I have it in my room. I am ice cream, my family will have a store that sells many flavors. I am 8, the number of times that I have had a birthday. I am Dumbest Stuff on Wheels, the funniest t.v. show. I am drawing, the thing I do whenever I am bored. I am November, the month that I get presents. I am winter, snowball fights and tubing down a steep hill. I am 6 pets, my favorites are the 3 horses. Levi Pyke....

  • Reader Photo

    Shannon Hall|Sep 20, 2012

    It was stated how the Nations Cup is also about the opportunity for brothers, fathers and sons, uncles and nephews etc., to play together. In this particular photo, it is two sons playing for the Muskies, and the father playing for the North Shore Indians....

  • RACING AGAINST DRUG CRUISER

    Sep 20, 2012

    Cornwall, ON- The Cornwall Community Police Service is proud to display our Racing Against Drugs Police Cruiser. The Racing Against Drugs is a community-based drug and alcohol awareness program which is aimed to use the sport of racing to capture the attention of young people and to demonstrate the benefits of living a drug free life. The Racing Against Drug event is a full week of excitement in partnership with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Ontario Provincial Police, Eastern Ontario...

  • Jordan Thompson Speaks at St. Regis Church

    Nanci Ransom|Sep 20, 2012

    Last Wednesday night, Jordan Thompson spoke about his portrait of Kateri Tekakwitha at the St. Regis church. Every Wednesday they have prayers and say the rosary for Kateri Tekakwitha until she is canonized, then they have a speaker after mass. Last night it was Jordan! Jordan spoke about the symbolism in the picture and why it was there. For example, the 24 lilies represent the 24 years that she lived, and the turtle represents her clan. He also passed out small cards to the audience as a...

  • Akwesasne Library’s Yearly Book Sale Runs Now Through October 13th

    Ian Oakes|Sep 20, 2012

    Running from September 17th through October 13th, the Akwesasne library is holding a book sale. In the garage behind the library, there are tables with books arranged into native books, fiction, nonfiction, children’s, and young readers–in paperback and hard cover. There were several titles that jumped out at me, including a lot of the R.L. Steins Goosebumps series, which are aimed young readers. On top of the books, there are VHS tapes, a DVD of Star Wars: the Clone Wars, book and also mag...

  • Snye Homemakers Have Monthly Brunch

    Ian Oakes|Sep 20, 2012

    The Tsi Snye Homemakers group held their monthly brunch on Sunday. This month the proceeds go toward helping three of their own make the trip to Rome next month, which, if you didn’t know, is to be present for the canonization of Kateri Tekakwitha. Sally Ann Adams, Mildred White, and Angie Sunday will be traveling to Rome, and the proceeds of the brunch will help offset fees, insurance and the infamous landing tax, which is assessed just for getting off the plane. The homemakers aim to have a br...

  • American Legion Appreciation Dinner

    Ian Oakes|Sep 20, 2012

    On Saturday, the American legion held an appreciation dinner from 6 PM to midnight. The dinner was to thank all the volunteers who helped with the Vietnam War Moving Wall memorial, which came to Akwesasne this summer. Those who attended were treated to turkey, stuffing, gravy, hash, macaroni salad, pasta salad, tuna salad, corn soup, and bread. The dinner was downstairs and upstairs they had the entertainment. First, The DJ played until 9 PM, and then Bobby Herne played until 1 AM. The wall brou...

  • 2012 National Kateri Tekakwitha Conference

    Chair Bernice Lazore|Sep 20, 2012

    The 2012 National Kateri Conference took place July 18 to 21, 2012 in Albany NY. There were 800+ participants and the theme was “Walking in Her Footsteps In Kateri Country.” The first day was busy with participants arriving and registering. At 7:00 p.m. there was a Welcome Ceremony in the Stonehenge Ballroom with an Opening Prayer by Vincent Redhouse (Navajo) and welcome led by Sr. Kateri Mitchell, (Mohawk), Executive Director of the National Kateri Tekakwitha Conference Center in Great Fal...

  • It’s a Girl!

    Sep 20, 2012

    Names: Lillian Marie Hamelin Born: Friday, April 13, 2012 Weight: 8 lbs. 13 ozs. Length: 21 inches Parents: Jonathan Hamelin & Ilene Stevens Paternal Grandparent: Sally Hamelin Maternal Grandparent: Becky Stevens...

  • Tewa’á:raton wa’thontsihkwá:eke They played lacrosse

    Sep 20, 2012

    1. Ahkwesahsró:non People from Ahkwesáhsne 2. Wahonwatihonkarawíhon They invited them 3. Aontahón:ne They ought to come 4. Kanekeráhtshera Nation’s 5. Aotshè:ta Cup 6. Kí:ken This 7. Onkiahiakseró:kten Weekend 8. Kíohton nikanèn:rake 9 teams 9. Tewa’á:raton Tenhontsihkwá:eke They will play lacrosse 10. Tenhontákienhte They will compete 11. Ne ónhka enhatitse’taién:na Who will get the cup 12. Kí:ken ronatenenhrarò:ron For the gathering 13. A’nowara’kó:wa Big Turtle 14. Tsi Teiontsihkwa’ekstáh...

  • Huron Alliance Belt

    Tehanetorens|Sep 20, 2012

    After the Hurons were conquered by the Five Nations in 1650, many were taken in by the Iroquois. Whole villages were adopted by the Senecas and Mohawks. This belt became a Seneca belt and was taken to Grand River Lands (Ohsweken) after the American Revolution. Its meaning is lost. To read the history of the Hurons written by non-Indians one is led to believe that all of the Hurons were massacred by the Five Nations, that none were given any quarter, that all died at the stake, etc. These...

  • Save Money – Save Energy, Another Step to Help Save the Planet this Winter: Part 1

    Kaniethonkie|Sep 20, 2012

    Everyone already knows a number of ways to save energy in your home, but did you know that saving money also helps to save the planet in ways we can’t even imagine. Each time you put a dollar into your home to save energy you are putting two dollars into saving the planet. By reducing our carbon footprint we are also putting money in our pockets. Here are some money and planet saving ways to get ready for winter; some you have already heard and I hope some are new to you, like which way to have your fans running. Short Showers – We all think we...

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