A Voice from the Eastern Door

Articles from the September 22, 2011 edition


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  • TMG announces Tim Hortons and Papa John’s franchises

    Sep 22, 2011

    Akwesasne, NY - Tarbell Management Group announced the acquisition of two new franchise licenses—a Tim Hortons Franchise and a Papa John’s Franchise. Tarbell Management Group is one of a few Tim Hortons franchisees that are located on Indian Reservations in the chain. The Papa John’s franchise is the first Native American franchisee in their system. Both franchises will be co-located at Western Door Convenience Store located at 148 State Route 37 in Akwesasne. The Tim Hortons franchise will feature a 24/7 full service, full menu location with...

  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and Federal Bridge Corporation Limited Sign Memorandum of Understanding for North Channel Bridge

    Sep 22, 2011

    AKWESASNE MOHAWK TERRITORY— The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Federal Bridge Corporation Limited (FBCL) for a new bridge that will cross the North Channel of the St. Lawrence River between Kawehnoke (Cornwall Island) and the City of Cornwall. The agreement provides the concurrence of the Mohawks of Akwesasne for the bridge project and was signed on September 19, 2011 between representatives of the FBCL and the M...

  • MBP donates school supplies to Mohawk School

    Kyrie Ransom|Sep 22, 2011

    The Mohawk Bingo Palace took up a collection of school supplies this year, donating over 1,000 pieces to the St. Regis Mohawk School. The collection of supplies took place over the course of a two-month period from July 1-September 1, 2011 with patrons from the Palace. The promotion allowed for the exchange of a $4 bingo card each day for one school supply. “Every year we do this promotion for the Mountain of Toys event with free cards in exchange for toys,” said Bingo Manager Brenda Joh...

  • Minnie Mae Peters celebrates 100 years Happy Birthday!

    Sesi King|Sep 22, 2011

    Minnie reached the age of 100 years on September 16, 2011. She grew up with seven siblings Annie, Mary Jane, Joe, Catherine, Raphael, Peter and Toby. Their parents were Ohontsiio and Nancy (Beauvais) Peters. Minnie is the only survivor of her family and her present home is at Tsiionkwanonhso:te on Kawehno:ke. The celebration of her 100th birthday took place at Tsiionkwanonhso:te along with other residents and a caring staff. Many members of her family were present as well as political dignitarie...

  • Kana:takon School sponsors two more wells

    Sep 22, 2011

    Back in March, Kana:takon School took part in the National Walk For Water event to raise money to build wells for rural villages in India. Residents of St. Regis, and MCA employees may remember Kana:takon School students walking through the village collecting donations for this cause. As was reported then, we raised over $1,900. Our original pledge was to build one well, which was completed last spring. Because of the generosity of the village, MCA employees, students and staff of Kana:takon...

  • Martha Lafrance

    Sep 22, 2011

    Martha Faye (White) Lafrance, age 53, of James E. Lazore Memorial Road, Akwesasne, QC, passed away at the Ottawa General Hospital Campus on Friday, September 16, 2011. Martha is survived by her husband Francis “Bucky” Lafrance, her daughters Brenna Lafrance of Toronto, Sean “Frankie” Lafrance at home and her loyal buddy, Bruno. Dear sister of Thomas White Jr., and Dave White of Hogansburg, N.Y., Beverly Thompson of Cornwall Island, and Trudi Sunday of Tsi Snaihne, Quebec. She was precede...

  • Ronnie Square

    Sep 22, 2011

    Ronnie Square July 1, 1957-September 22, 2008 In loving memory of a dear Son and Father who passed away three years ago. There is a sad and sweet remembrance. There is memory fond and true and a heartache still for you. Although we smile and make no fuss, no one misses him more than us. And when old times we recall it’s then we miss you most of all. So today we reach to heaven and blow a gentle kiss to a very dear Son and Father, who we will always love and miss. Forever in hearts Love a...

  • In Memory

    Sep 22, 2011

    In loving memory of my Brother Cody Sunday who left us 7 years ago, September 23rd. Miss you lots, you’ll always be in my heart forever. Love, Cheyenne P.S. I wish you were around to watch Boston kick butt this year, you would have been so proud....

  • Niawen

    Sep 22, 2011

    Heartfelt Thank You On Saturday, September 17, 2011 family and friends worked their “buns” off at a fundraising event that ended in the evening with a social dance. The Silent Auction, Cabbage roll dinner and social dance with a cake walk were hugely successful. Including the “In memory of Wilbur Barnes” basket raffle held at the CKON event at the Brass Horse. Their hard work and the community’s support made things easy for everyone. Family and friends cooked, donated (many beautiful items) an...

  • Niawen

    Sep 22, 2011

    Dear Community of Akwesasne – On behalf of the family of Louis E. King, we would like to say thank you for all your support and participation in the 13th Annual Louis E. King Memorial Softball Tournament. When our parents, the children of Louis E. King, decided to host the first tournament, they agreed to donate the proceeds towards a college- or university-bound high school graduate, offering financial assistance to the continuing of their education off the territory. This year, as the grandchildren of Louis E. King, we decided to step f...

  • Niawen

    Sep 22, 2011

    NIAWENKO:WA The Mohawk Nation Longhouse held two fundraisers in the last three weeks. The volunteers/helpers had a food vendor booth at the President’s Cup and a booth at the Pow Wow, we would like to say Niawen ko:wa (thank you very much) to the many people who donated to the events and to those who came by and purchased something from us. Even if you just gave us a big smile and hello – you made our day. Niawen to everyone and have a great day and weekend. The funds will go to a new porch on the cook house and a fence for the cemetery. Aga...

  • In Memory

    Sep 22, 2011

    In Loving Memory of Lucy S. David Ma, you were beautiful inside and out In a way that changed things And made days brighter And smiles warmer And hearts like ours happier And like flowers your love keeps blooming Forever loved and missed ~ your family...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Sep 22, 2011

    Letter to the Editor; DEATH STALKING NORTHERN INDIAN COMMUNITIES Death is ugly, especially when it stalks and kills our youth. How can young Indian kids in the Northern Ontario community of Pikangikum First Nation become so depressed, so overcome with overwhelming feelings of lonely hopelessness? Their confused minds turning to what they believe is the ultimate solution, suicide? In the last decade over 60 teenagers ended their own lives, often violently. Between 2006 and 2008 there were 16 suicides. A desperate cry comes from deep in the...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Sep 22, 2011

    Letter to the Editor, Elderly Abuse First and foremost, the biggest issue to be addressed here is not land disputes; it is the abuse of our elders. The tribal chiefs should be made aware of how certain tribal members are exploiting the elderly. They are hovering and waiting for the chance to take over as “Power of Attorney” for elderly tribal members who have land, bank accounts, etc. All this is being done under the guise that they are “taking care” of the elderly who can no longer take care of themselves or their finances. That is disgust...

  • Letter to the Editor

    Sep 22, 2011

    Letter to the Editor, Stealing Property I felt obligated to share some facts about the STEALING of property on State Road. Louie and Hattie Chubb had 11 children, 3 boys – Joe, Leo, and Paul; and 8 girls – Margaret Porter, Josephine Porter, Mary Leaf, Louise Hart, Ruth Cook, Ann Jock, Marcella David and Edith Chubb who died young. Louie Chubb made his children an offer, “whoever of his children who would step up and help take care of him and his wife for the rest of their lives and then promise to pay for their burials would inherit the Chubb f...

  • Police Blotter

    Sep 22, 2011

    POSSESSION OF MARIJUANA - A Hogansburg woman at the Massena port of entry is accused of a misdemeanor pot possession charge and vehicle-related charges. State policed accuse Tasha L. Square, 25, of fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana: less than two ounces, uninspected motor vehicle, equipment violation: safety glass, and having a front seat passenger under the age of four. State police charged her at 7:40 p.m. Wednesday. THEFT, OBSTRUCT POLICE AND BREACH - Alicia Cook, 24 of Akwesasne was arrested on the 19th of September, 2011. She...

  • Five escaped injury in drive-by shooting

    Denise A Raymo|Sep 22, 2011

    FORT COVINGTON — No one was hurt when a Fort Covington home was sprayed with bullets during a drive-by shooting at about 3:30 a.m. Monday. State Police are looking for a dark sport-utility vehicle and any information from the public about the incident that occurred at a two-story home at the corner of Chateaugay Street (Route 37) and South Pike Street, a few doors from the Fort Covington Volunteer Fire Station. At least 15 bullet holes are visible on the north-facing side of the home, high and to the left of two first-floor windows. “We bel...

  • Bear Fox nominated as NAMMY Debut Artist

    Sesi King|Sep 22, 2011

    Theresa Bear Fox is better known as “Bear Fox”, singer and songwriter. She was born to the late Leo and Charlotte Swamp on a very hot summer day on August 31, 1966. She is the youngest of 14 and is married to Sky Fox and together they share 5 children and 1 granddaughter. Her story and singing career has really taken off with it all beginning in a busy household with many family members who were her audience as a little girl. Bear had made songs for her nieces and nephews, one was called ‘Fungus...

  • Native American Music Awards commences voting for NAMMY

    Kyrie Ransom|Sep 22, 2011

    The Native American Music Awards has officially opened their website to votes from the listening audience to select winners for the prestigious NAMMY Awards. Voting will be available until the date of the awards ceremony, which is scheduled to occur on October 7, 2011 at the Seneca Niagara Hotel & Casino in Niagara Falls, NY. To cast your vote visit the NAMA website at: www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com Theresa ‘Bear’ Fox has been nominated into 3 categories: best folk (Rich Girl), song sin...

  • New home & vehicle insurance being provided to Tsi Snaihne and Kana:takon residents

    Sep 22, 2011

    On Sept. 14, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne District Chiefs Karen Loran and Rachel Roundpoint met with a home & vehicle insurance company from Huntingdon, Quebec, which has begun a new relationship with the Akwesasne community. SGosselin Insurance Inc. (Assurances SGosselin Inc.) is a family owned business that has recently begun offering services in Akwesasne’s districts of Tsi Snaihne and Kana:takon. The father and daughter team of Serge and Karine said they are committed to providing p...

  • Mohawk Lesson

    Sep 22, 2011

    1. Io’nikonhráksens ne ó:kwire sótsi karì:wes í:iah teshokwátho ne raksá:’a. The tree is sad the boy has not stopped in a long time 2. Ontshenón:ni né:’e tsi ó:nen sahoké:tohte. It is happy now he appeared again 3. Wa’kèn:ron, “Káts ken tho seráthen.” It said, “Come here and climb” 4. “Sakia’taniión:ten tsi io’nháhtonte tánon satonhá:ren.” “Hang on the branches and be happy.” 5. Wahèn:ron ne rón:kwe, “Sótsi é:so wakio’tenhserí:ien.” The man said, “I am too old” 6. “Iáh thaónton akatkahri’tshe...

  • The Medicine Plants

    Suzanne Brant|Sep 22, 2011

    Now we turn to all the Medicine plants of the world. From the beginning, they were instructed to take away sickness. They are always waiting and ready to heal us. We are happy there are still among us those special few who remember how to use these plants for healing. With one mind, we send greetings, and thanks to the Medicine Plants. “Medicine” is a wide word. In modern North America, most people tend to think of it only as something we take once we are already sick. In Haudenosaunee tradition, though, medicine is also what keeps us wel...

  • News From Around the Nations

    Sep 22, 2011

    Tahltan Nation, British Columbia, Canada AltaGas Ltd. announced that it has received notification from the Tahltan Central Council that the Tahltan membership voted in favour of the Impact Benefit Agreements (IBAs) for its McLymont Creek and Volcano Creek run-of-river hydroelectric projects. These projects are located near AltaGas’ 195-MW Forrest Kerr project, currently under construction, approximately 1,000 km north of Vancouver, BC. AltaGas expects the Forrest Kerr project to come into service in 2014, followed by McLymont Creek in 2015 a...

  • Haudenosaunee Confederacy News

    Sep 22, 2011

    • On Sunday, September 18, 2011 the Kariwiio (Handsome Lake) Reading at the Tonawanda Seneca Nation Longhouse. Haudenosaunee Nations select delegates who will attend each of the Kariwiio Readings. After each reading, the delegates return home and are responsible for giving a report on what happened during the week such as the number of delegates from each nation, who the speaker was, what was said each day and who sang the Ostonwako:wa (Great Feather Dance) and who opened and closed each day. On Monday the Kariwiio “Trail” was set. The readi...

  • Blast from the Past

    Sep 22, 2011

    Angus Smoke and David Herne at Haskell in Kansas around 1955....

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