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Articles from the July 15, 2021 edition


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  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Swearing In

    Jul 15, 2021

    The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne held their official swearing in on Friday, July 9th under COVID-19 restrictions in the open air A'nowara'ko:wa Arena Pavilion. The 2021-2024 Grand Chief and Council was sworn in under cloudy skies, thunder in the background and with a mix of hope and trepidation in the air. Five of the elected district chiefs are new, with seven council members having served in this capacity before. COVID-19 restrictions required: attendance was limited to two guests per Council...

  • Tribe Readies to Issue First Cannabis Cultivation Licenses

    Jul 15, 2021

    AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is continuing to make positive strides in establishing a legal cannabis industry under the Tribe’s jurisdiction. The Tribe’s Compliance Department announced that applications for Tribal Cannabis Cultivation Licenses will be available on Friday, July 16th. Those interested in obtaining a Processing and/or Retail Tribal License can anticipate an application to be available by mid-August 2021. “We take this time to thank individuals for their patience as we developed regulations that will help oversee the l...

  • SRMT 'New Business' at July's Monthly Meeting

    Jul 15, 2021

    By Kaniehtonkie. On Saturday, July 10th, community members met in-person or virtually for the SRMT monthly meeting. To meet safe COVID guidelines, the meeting was held at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino. Updates were given by SRMT Emergency Operations Center and Health Services by Derrick Comins, the SMRT Housing Development by Starr Thomas, the American Rescue Plan Act Funds by Gloria Herne and the SRMT Adult Use Cannabis Ordinance update was given by Dale White and Elliott Lazore. But before agenda scheduled agenda updates were given, the...

  • NNATC Says Farewell to Long Time Employee

    Jul 15, 2021

    The Native North American Travelling College staff and board members bid farewell to longtime employee Manager JoAnn Swamp. Swamp has been with the College for over forty years, saying she was grateful when they hired her based on her knowledge and fluency of the Kanieńkehá:ka language. In her early years at the College, she worked with elders – meeting with elders and gathering their stories. She said many of those elders are no longer with us. Swamp has been there for the College's growth and...

  • A quest for Alaska oil sparks a fight over tribal sovereignty

    Jul 15, 2021

    By Max Graham. Every spring, the shallow ponds and spruce forests of the Yukon Flats, in Interior Alaska, stir with the flapping of scoters and scaups, the laugh-like yelps of white-fronted geese and the high-pitched whistle of wigeons. Up to 2 million birds arrive each year to nest in some of North America’s most productive waterfowl breeding grounds. Along with salmon, moose and other wildlife, they provide food for the human residents of the region, where a half-gallon of milk can cost $7.99. “It’s not only our subsistence,” said Rochelle Ad...

  • Niawen

    Jul 15, 2021

    NIAWENKOWA The Chiefs, Clanmothers and Faithkeepers would like to send our greetings, Thank you and gratitude to everyone that helped in cleaning the graveyard site on Kawehnoke. It takes everyone coming together to do something good for the community. We could not have done this without the help of the people. We would also like to send a Niawenkowa to the following people that helped out and donated equipment for the cause: Stanley Thompson, donation of excavator; Richard Mitchell, donation of tractor; Billy Benedict, Steve Barnes, David...

  • Akwesasne Farmer's Market is Open for the Summer Season

    Mahlon Smoke|Jul 15, 2021

    By Mahlon Smoke Once again, the Akwesasne Farmer's Market is open for the summer. While still keeping with current COVID restrictions, this year's Farmer's Market is keeping their promise to have home grown foods, crafts, and more for the community. Local farmers, gardeners, bakers, seamstresses/designers and artists are popping up as the weather gets warmer. This year local farmers from Bombay's Best Fresh Farm Eggs to Bare Bones Farms are there to sell their harvests. Some vendors are local yo...

  • Election Firsts for MCK and AFN

    Kaniehtonkie|Jul 15, 2021

    By Kaniehtonkie This past week saw tremendous strides being made on the national and local level for women in politics. Two women were elected as a national chief of Assembly of First Nation (AFN) and as a grand chief for Mohawk Council of Kahnawake (MCK). Akwesasne had reached this milestone years ago in 1963. Florence Thomas was the first female Grand Chief elected for MCA. She had replaced Alex Oakes in a 1963 by-election for the 1962-1964 term. Mary David had replaced Angus Bonaparte as...

  • Memorial Tree Planted for Former Kana:takon District Chief

    Jul 15, 2021

    District Chief Daryl Lazare was recently memorialized with a tree planting by Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Grand Chief and district chiefs. With Lazare's family present, Grand Chief Abram Benedict and Kana:takon District Chief Tim 'Dooley' Thompson addressed those gathered by briefly recollecting Chief Daryl Lazare's tenure serving 'the district he loved so much and worked tirelessly for'. Mrs. Lazare and children were present and graciously accepted the opportunity to be part of the planting to...

  • Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Increases Minimum Wage to $15.02

    Jul 15, 2021

    AKWESASNE – The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is pleased to announce that it has increased the tribal minimum wage for all tribal government employees. The new tribal minimum wage of $15.02 goes went into effect on Ohiarihkó:wa/July 12, 2020 and immediately benefits 125 employees of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s government operations. “Tribal employees are the organization’s greatest asset and we continue to review all opportunities to provide a competitive wage that reflects the cost of living,” stated the Tribal Council. They further ad...

  • Paradigm shift: Tribe is now an owner of the power grid

    Jul 15, 2021

    By Mark Trahant. Reprinted with permission from Indian County Today. A news release includes some almost hidden news. The lede: “Southern California Edison, one of the nation’s largest electric utilities, has completed its West of Devers transmission lines.” The company said the deal was important because it added more power, renewable and battery energy storage to serve Southern California. And, as Kevin Payne, the utility’s president put it, the new lines will make it easier to distribute “energy resources like rooftop solar and battery e...

  • The Mohawk People Have Spoken

    Doug George-Kanentiio|Jul 15, 2021

    By Doug George-Kanentiio. On July 1 the Akwesasne community demonstrated in the most powerful way its desire to address the terrible effects residential schools have had on the people and to support those who survived the trauma of being ripped from their homes and placed in institutions designed to beat the Native out of them. Equally compelling to the 1,000 people who marched was the finding of mass graves of Native children, buried on the grounds of the schools. Over a thousand have been located to date with many more to be found. Canada...

  • Dear Editorial Staff

    Jul 15, 2021

    Dear Editorial Staff, This is a subject that is highly repugnant to most people in the world; so much so, that most of us want to block it from our consciousness. Yet, we as citizens of the world can do something if we all lend our voices in unison for change. As the civilized world recoiled in horror from last month’s annual “Yulin Dog Festival “in China, many are left with a deep sense of helplessness and sadness. The ‘Festival’ ‘, a twisted misnomer if there ever was one, is a blatant display of barbaric torture and slaughter of dogs, cats...

  • THE IROQUOIS CONSTITUTION THE GREAT BINDING LAW GAYANASHAGOWA

    Jul 15, 2021

    Continued from last week Religious Ceremonies Protected 100. It shall be the duty of the Lords of each brotherhood to confer at the approach of the time of the Midwinter Thanksgiving and to notify their people of the approaching festival. They shall hold a council over the matter and arrange its details and begin the Thanksgiving five days after the moon of Dis-ko-nah is new. The people shall assemble at the appointed place and the nephews shall notify the people of the time and place. From the beginning to the end the Lords shall preside over...

  • AKWESASRONON FOR THE FUTURE OF OHNEHKANOS

    Jul 15, 2021

    The MCA Environment Program would like to invite any interested community members to a virtual event: Akwesasronon for the Future of Ohnehkanos! Join us on Friday, July 23 for a series of free presentations — prizes will be drawn for those who register! To register, please contact Maegan Mitchell at maegan.mitchell@akwesasne.ca or at 613-936-1548 ext. 1042. To view the flyer: http://www.akwesasne.ca/akwesasronon-for-the-future-of-ohnehkanos/...

  • Tsi Na'tekakhánion ne Kà:sere - 2

    Jul 15, 2021

    8. Teiehi'karotahrhókstha Gear shift 27. Ohì:kara Stick 28. Katshe'taié:nas Cup holder 29. Ietshe'totáhkhwa Cup holder 30. Ka'serehtanóhstha Air conditioner in car 31. Ka'serehtatarihà:tha Heater in car 32. Ioshsnorekékha tekatástha Parking break 33. Kà:sere aonón:tsi Car engine 34. Ionrahsi'tokewáhtha Rug 35. Katsiserowá:nen Windshield 36. Ietsiserakewáhtha Windshield wipers 37. Ietsiserohare'táhkhwa Windshield wiper fluid 38. Iontakwennaientákhwa Trunk 39. Oh nà:kon nonkwá:ti ieket...

  • ONTARIO MOVING TO STEP THREE OF 'ROADMAP TO REOPEN'

    Jul 15, 2021

    Due to improvements in key public health areas and health systems, and increased province-wide vaccination rates, Ontario will move to Step Three of its “Roadmap to Reopen” on Friday, July 16, 2021, beginning at 12:01 a.m. Step Three of the Roadmap to Reopen includes, but is not limited to: Outdoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 100 people, with limited exceptions Indoor social gatherings and organized public events with up to 25 people Indoor religious services, rites, and ceremonies, including weddings and fun...

  • Penelakut Tribe announce 160 graves found at former residential school

    Kaniehtonkie|Jul 15, 2021

    By Kaniehtonkie. The Penelakut Tribe announced on July 8th that more than 160 unmarked graves and undocumented graves were found at site of former residential school near Vancouver Island. The Penelakut Tribe is a Hul'qumi'num speaking community in British Columbia that is separated into 4 reserve locations: Tsussie 15.5 hectares, Northern tip of Galiano Island 29.1 hectares, Tent Island 34.4 hectares and Penelakut Island 556.7 hectares. It was not clear in the statement how or when what are bel...

  • Summer Harvest and Care of Raspberries

    Jul 15, 2021

    by Melinda Myers Easy care raspberries are high in fiber and Vitamin C, making them a healthy snack as well as delicious in jams, jellies, and desserts. Enjoy the best flavor and reduce pest problems with proper harvesting and summer care. Pick raspberries when the fruit is firm but soft, deeply colored, and easily slides off the hard core. Check your raspberry patch and harvest every few days to avoid overripe fruit that attracts picnic beetles and other pests. Consider wearing long pants and a long sleeve shirt for protection against the thor...

  • COMMUNITY CALL OUT FOR MOHAWK COUNCIL HOUSING AUTHORITY

    Jul 15, 2021

    The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is seeking three community members to sit on the Mohawk Council Housing Authority. These individuals will represent the community’s perspective and interests on the Housing Authority, which is also made up of MCA staff and chiefs. One representative from each district (Kanatakon, Kawehno:ke, and Tsi Snaihne) is being sought. The community representatives will be expected to attend regular Housing Authority meetings every fourth Wednesday of the month from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. No honorariums or remunerations w...

  • Don't Lose Sight of Healthy Eyes

    Jul 15, 2021

    POTSDAM, NY – Many of us are fully aware that exercise is a good way to keep our bodies healthy. But how many of us take steps to keep our eyes healthy? July is Healthy Vision Month, and Canton-Potsdam Hospital Medical Staff Chief and Ophthalmologist Kris VanWagner, DO, said eating healthy and not smoking are two of the major factors in keeping your sight at its best. Growing up we were told that eating carrots is good for our eyes; so are foods with dark, leafy greens, and fish that are high in omega-3 fatty acids. Smoking can harm the o...

  • Beat the Heat

    Jul 15, 2021

    • Slow down on strenuous activity and exercise, especially during the sun’s peak hours – 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Exercise should be done in the early morning between 4-7 a.m. • Eat less protein and more fruits and vegetables. Protein produces and increases metabolic heat, which causes water loss. Eat small meals but eat more often. Do not eat salty foods. • Drink at least 2-4 glasses of water per hour during extreme heat, even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol or caffeine. • If possible, stay out of the sun and stay...

  • Size Surprises

    Jul 15, 2021

    As a tall person, I’m a bit size-conscious, ducking to get through doorways, wondering when I’ll find another decent shoe in a sixteen – stuff like that. One thing which came as a surprise is that I can’t operate most mid-size SUVs unless I either remove my left leg, the driver’s door, or the steering wheel, all of which seem like bad options. Yet there’s plenty of leg room in a little Nissan Micra. Size does matter in some cases, but not always in the obvious direction. This is especially true when buying a tree. For years I have passed alon...

  • Spruce Blues and Wet-Weather Woes

    Jul 15, 2021

    Paul Hetzler When I’m asked to diagnose tree problems, folks naturally want the remedy. Sometimes the only solution is tree removal; other times it’s a cable brace, pest management, corrective pruning or fertilizing. But increasingly, the diagnosis is climate change. If anyone knows how to solve that through an arboricultural practice, please let me know. With rising temperatures, a novel weather pattern has taken hold with longer and more intense dry and wet periods. In 2012 many areas had the lowest soil moisture ever recorded. Nonstop rai...

  • The U.S. stole generations of Indigenous children to open the West

    Jul 15, 2021

    By Nick Estes. Nearly 200 Native children lie buried at the entrance of the Carlisle Barracks in the “Indian Cemetery” - the first thing you see when entering one of the United States’ oldest military installations. It is a grisly monument to the country’s most infamous boarding school, the Carlisle Indian Industrial School, which opened in 1879 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, and closed in 1918. Chiseled onto the white granite headstones, arranged in the uniform rows typical of veterans’ cemeteries in the U.S., are the names and tribal affiliati...

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