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  • About 10 students at Massena Central will no longer be able to claim religious exemption to immunizations

    Andy Gardner|Jul 18, 2019

    By Andy Gardner MASSENA. Ten students in the Massena Central School District who currently claim a religious exemption will either have to get vaccinated or be homeschooled. Superintendent Pat Brady at the July 11 Board of Education meeting said this is in response to a new state law that ends the religious exemption. “All families must have their students immunized in order to attend school,” Brady said, adding that it is “in response to the outbreak of measles in the state and throughout the country.” The state still allows an exempti...

  • Cruisin' for Kids draws over 150, raises money for Environmental Science Club and Rorontakehte David

    Andy Gardner|Jul 18, 2019

    By Andy Gardner The Cruisin' for Kids event, hosted by Swamp's Performance Automotive, raised $1,000 for the Massena Central Environmental Science Club and Rorontakehte David. Swamp's owner Casey Swamp said 150-200 people attended throughout the day. The event included its usual car and motorcycle show and food. It also had attractions for kids -- inflatables and a Big Wheels race from the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Dept. There was also a barbeque cook-off for "bragging rights for the best...

  • California Governor Gavin Newsom Issues Formal Apology For State's Role In Native American Genocide

    Jul 18, 2019

    Reprinted with Permission from All Things Interesting With a California Indian Heritage Center, public apology, an executive order that codifies it, and a Truth and Healing Council to follow - Governor Newsom is making strides to make amends for the state's "dark history." The genocide of North America's indigenous populations might seem like distant history to some, but many of the worst atrocities Native Americans endured happened less than 200 years ago. Now, California Governor Gavin Newsom...

  • Jr. B Moves on in Playoffs

    Joe Francis|Jul 18, 2019

    Photos by Joe Francis The Jr. B Indians are making their way through the playoffs first ousting the Brampton Excelsiors and now, winning the last three of five games, they have moved past the West Durham Ironheads. After losing the first two games of the series the Indians won three straight over the weekend. On Friday they beat the Ironheads easily 15-5, on Saturday with a score of 17-8, and on Sunday, July 14th, they won the series with a close 8-6 victory at the A'nowara'ko:wa Arena. The...

  • Keith Gordon files class action lawsuit against the CBSA

    Jul 18, 2019

    Keith Gordon with partners Milosevic Fiske LLP Litigation Lawyers filed a proposed class proceeding in federal court in Toronto on Monday, July 17 on behalf of Kanawakeron Jody Swamp, and other Kawehno:ke residents who choose to join the lawsuit. The paperwork filed is a class-action lawsuit against the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) alleging it has been negligent in running of the Cornwall Port-of-Entry, which harmed the Mohawk residents of Kawehno:ke. In April 2109, Swamp was acquitted of four charges brought against him while crossing...


    Jul 18, 2019

    Massena – Raymond J. "Wahnitiio" Cook, 62, passed away on Sunday, July 14, 2019 at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital. Friends and family may be received on Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 4:00 pm until the time of service Saturday, July 20, 2019 at 11:00 am at the home of Raymond, 199 State Highway 37B, Massena, NY 13662. Raymond was born on December 22, 1956 in Malone, NY the son of Julius M. and Elda (Benedict) Cook. He graduated from Brentwood School, Long Island in 1975 and following g... Full story

  • Niawen

    Jul 18, 2019

    Nia:wen to Guzzy Lazore, who organized the fundraisers, and all the people who helped fundraise and donated. My family and l have appreciated your kindness during our battle against cancer. The community of Akwesasne is always so wonderful in helping others. Our family has been blessed to be part of such a caring community. The support we have received has touched our hearts. Niawenko:wa for your kindness, Lynda Brown Tsi Snaihne School Principal...

  • Benefit Chicken BBQ for ABGC

    Jul 18, 2019

    Chicken BBQ Friday, July 19th starting at 11:00 a.m. until all is sold at the Boys and Girls Club. Meal includes – Vaughn’s Frickin’ chicken, salt potatoes, baked beans, cupcake and water for $10.00. Pre-orders will be taken at the Club by calling (518) 358-9911 with Kearin & Myra. Delivery with five orders or more. This is a benefit for 6 Boys & Girls Club youth and 2 chaperones to attend the Boys & Girls Clubs of America Native American Summit in Orlando, Florida this coming November. Boys & Girls will be representing Akwesasne at this event...

  • Sharing Environmental Resiliency Knowledge

    Jul 18, 2019

    The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Environment Division had the pleasure of sharing tribal efforts in nurturing a resilient environment with fellowship journalists from The City University of New York's Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism on Tuesday, July 9, 2019. Environment staff presented on the Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Program, the removal of the former-Hogansburg Dam, amongst other environmental initiatives, with international journalists who contribute to The New York Times, The...

  • Locals Beat Lily Leaf Beetle

    Jul 18, 2019

    Submitted by Paul Hetzler, Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County The lily, native around the world in the temperate parts of the northern hemisphere, has been an important cultural icon for millennia. Depending where you stand on the globe, it can represent humility, purity, unbridled sexuality, the Province of Québec, wealth, or a thriving garden, to name but a few possibilities. The flower is mentioned in The New Testament, such as in Matthew 6:26: “Behold the lilies of the fi...

  • Reader Submission

    Jul 18, 2019

    State University of New York College at Cortland announces that Quinn Armstrong, the son of Dennis & Katrina Armstrong, has made the Dean’s List for the past semester with a G.P.A. of 3.66. Quinn’s major is Sports Management. Congratulations Quinn!...

  • Massena school board appoints new teaching staff, advisors, coaches for 2019-2020 school year

    Jul 18, 2019

    MASSENA -- The Board of Education on Thursday, July 11 appointed new teaching staff, accepted two resignations, and named numerous sports coaches and club advisors for the upcoming school year. The board appointed teaching staff including: Crystal White, Nightengale teaching assistant, Sept. 3, 2019 to Sept. 2, 2023, $34,456 salary; Katelyne Sharlow, junior high teaching assistant, Sept. 3, 2019 to Sept. 2, 2023, $34,456 salary; Emily Aumand, high school teaching assistant, Sept. 3, 2019 to Sept. 2, 2023, $34,456 salary; Bernadette Frohm,...

  • St. Lawrence County Opioid Task Force hosts panel discussion on recreational marijuana

    Andy Gardner|Jul 18, 2019

    By Andy Gardner A panel discussion on legalizing marijuana at the Friday, July 12 St. Lawrence County Opioid Task Force meeting in Canton included mostly negative opinions on legalizing the plant from two police officers, a school superintendent and a doctor. The four-person panel included Dr. John Burnett, who is certified in addiction medicine and is qualified to certify patients to participate in the New York state medical marijuana program. Also included was Sgt. Clint Perrigo from the Potsdam Police Department, who also has the title of...

  • Autism Awareness Corner

    Jul 18, 2019

    By Autism Snipe Mama She:kon, I would like to say Nia:wen Ko:wa to Indian Time Newspaper for allowing me to bring Autism Awareness to Akwesasne by having ‘Autism Awareness Corner’ in the paper. I am a parent of a 7-yr. old Autistic boy. I would like to first say that with hard work, time, energy, stress, sleepless nights, therapy appointments, doctor’s appointments, road running and money, your special needs child can achieve greatness. My son was non-verbal, no eye contact, no touch, solitude, stemming, flapping, rocking, “meltdowns”, lining u...

  • Saint Regis Mohawk July Tribal Meeting

    Kaniehtonkie|Jul 18, 2019

    By Kaniehtonkie The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal monthly tribal meeting was held on Saturday, July 13, 2019 at Ionkwakiohkwaró:ron. The meeting started promptly at 10:00am. 2.Review of Action Items: a) Request to find out how much of NYS Department of Transportation (DOT) money was spent to maintain reservation roads. Complete. Tribal Council provided an in-depth response at the June Tribal Meeting. If community members would like a copy, they may obtain it from the Tribal Clerk’s Office. The Tribe will continue to request the State DOT let us kn...

  • Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Audit Presentation

    Mahlon Smoke|Jul 18, 2019

    By Mahlon Smoke Ionkwakiohkwaró:ron. Every year audit firm representatives come to Akwesasne and present their findings for the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe fiscal year. Representatives like Remy Omisore who do their best to be transparent with how the money was spent and what kind of year it has been for the Tribe. However, many community members expressed their displeasure with not knowing where the money is coming from and how it impacts Akwesasne and its people. The governmental panel and representatives did their best to explain as clearly...


    Jul 18, 2019

    Reprinted with permission from Traditional Teachings by the Native North American Travelling College …continued from last week 47TH WAMPUM There will be one Clan Warrior in each of the Five Nations. The duties of a Clan Warrior are to carry messages for their Sachems and to take up weapons in case of war or emergency. They shall not participate in the legislative body. However, they will watch the progress of the Council and if they see a Sachem take a course that is not advantageous to the people then he will notify the clan mothers. The w...

  • Wahontatewenní:io'ne Awenhnísera

    Jul 18, 2019

    1. Wentanorón:ne - It was a holiday 2. Ohiarihkó:wa - July 3. Kaié:ri shiská:rahkwe - 4th was the date 4. Rontenhnikonhroria'táhkhwa - They celebrate 5. Shahontatowenní:io'ne - When they became free 6. Skáthne - Together 7. Tahontén:rohwe - They united 8. Ne áhsen iawén:re nihononhwentsiá:ke - The 13 colonies 9. Wahontatowenní:io'ne - They did become free 10. Tsi Ohstonhró:non - As Americans 11. Wahón:ton - They became 12. Wahontatewenní:io'ne awenhnísera - Independence day 13. Kwáh ken'nihá:t...

  • Babies and Brunch

    Derrick Lafrance|Jul 18, 2019

    By Derrick Lafrance It's never too early to get into wellness and educational activities. On Wednesday, July 10th, a Babies and Brunch was held during Wellness Week and the families who are in the Akwesasne Zero 2 Six program had their programming that day at Janine Rourke's "By The River." Akwesasne Zero 2 Six is an early years program designed to let families of little ones know what services are available to those children as they grow. A summer program of sorts is held at different...

  • Health Fair and Poker Walk Held for Wellness Week

    Derrick Lafrance|Jul 18, 2019

    By Derrick Lafrance In keeping with the theme of Wellness Week last week, Ionkwakiohkwaro:ron the new Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal building, had on display local services and information. A steady flow of people came throughout the day to see the resources and some took advantage of the hands-on booths about topics such as diabetes and information about testing. There was also a Poker Walk around the Walking Trail and participants with the winning hands had several prizes to choose from. The...

  • Carnival Craze Marks the end of Wellness Week

    Jaclyn Hall|Jul 18, 2019

    By Jaclyn Hall The last and final event for Akwesasne Wellness Week was the Carnival Craze, hosted by SRMT's Social Service Division on Thursday, July 11th. Community members were invited to bring their families out to enjoy some fun carnival style games, free food, free haircuts, and many great prizes. The event was a huge hit with the youth and the young at heart, who tried their luck at all the fun activities. Although the event came to an early close, due to strong winds and rain, everyone...

  • Super heroes take part in Hero Family 5k

    Jul 18, 2019

    By Jaclyn Hall The CHASE Committee organized this year's Hero Family 5k, held on Monday July 8th as a part of Akwesasne Wellness Week's activities. The family fun event began at 5 pm, with the ladies from Iakwa'shatste Youth Fitness greeting all the little super heroes with a smile. Every family who registered for this free event had an opportunity to earn tickets for every lap completed on the Tewathahita Walking Trail. After, they could use the tickets to enter for a chance to win some great...

  • Fireman's Family Gauntlet Challenge

    Jul 18, 2019

    By Jaclyn Hall Iakwashatste Youth Fitness, once again pulled off another great family fun event as a part of Akwesasne Wellness Week. The Fireman's Family Gauntlet Challenge was held Wednesday, July 10th, at the Generations Park. Beginning at 5:00 pm, families registered to participate in the Fireman's Family Challenge, which began shortly after. Free food was provided for the first 75 participants and they were entered in for the grand prizes at the end of Akwesasne Wellness Week. The top 4...

  • Wellness Week Family Kickball Game a Home Run

    Jul 18, 2019

    By Jaclyn Hall This year's Akwesasne Wellness Week - Family Kickball was held on Tuesday July 9th. With participation from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, community members were more than happy to go head to head with some of Akwesasne's finest at Generations Park. Registration opened at 4 pm, with the big game starting at 4:30. Everyone enjoyed free food, face painting, the photo booth and games, before and after the big kickball game....

  • Onondaga Lake – considered sacred gets 90 million gallons of untreated sewage

    Jul 18, 2019

    Onondaga Nation. Onondaga Lake is roughly 4.5 miles long, 1 mile wide, and lies in Central New York, next to the city of Syracuse. The lake has an average depth of 36 feet, with two deep basins. The northern basin is 62 feet deep; the southern is 65 feet deep. Ninemile Creek and Onondaga Creek are the lake’s two largest tributaries. Additionally, the discharge from Metro – Onondaga County’s sewage treatment plant – provides almost 20% of the water flowing into the lake and as much as 30% in the summer. Onondaga Lake was and still is conside...

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