A Voice from the Eastern Door

Articles from the September 3, 2020 edition

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  • Salmon River delaying in-person classes after staffer tests positive for COVID-19

    Andy Gardner|Sep 3, 2020

    By Andy Gardner FORT COVINGTON. Salmon River Central School will delay the start of in-person classes due to a staff member testing positive for COVID-19. SRCS Superintendent Dr. Stanley Harper made the announcement in a Friday, Aug. 28 letter. “As you are aware on Wednesday, we were notified that one of our employees tested positive for COVID-19. As a result, there have been a significant number of our staff that have since been quarantined,” Harper wrote. “In light of the events of this past week we have taken a closer look at our re-op...

  • Cornwall Motor Speedway honors Billy Cook on 50 years of racing

    Sep 3, 2020

    On Sunday, August 30th, racing fans, friends and family gathered at the Cornwall Motor Speedway to honor Billy "Great Ambassador to Racing" Cook on marking 50 years of racing. Upon being presented with a plaque from the Speedway, Cook first remark was to thank the countless people who have helped throughout the years. Cook sometimes raced three nights a week and has had over 130 pit crew members ranging from his 5-year-old daughter to old gentlemen. Please check out next week's edition of...

  • Native North American Traveling College break and enter

    Sep 3, 2020

    This past weekend the Native North American Traveling College (NNATC) was broken into. According to JoAnn Swamp, manager of NNATC, several items were stolen including an iPad, a laptop and a 55-inch television screen. The building was otherwise untouched and undisturbed. The break-in was reported to the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service on Monday, August 24, 2020. It appears as though the thief entered through the downstairs window between the kitchen and the new addition and left through the...

  • Akwesasne Backyard BioBlitz Inspires People to Explore and Discover Their Backyard

    Mahlon Smoke|Sep 3, 2020

    By Mahlon Smoke Backyard Bioblitz encourages families to explore and document the environment from their own back yards. Akwesasne is a wonderful and diverse environmental place that is still being observed and explored to this day. That is why the Bioblitz is being held by the MCA Environment Department to help families and individuals understand and examine the life that is right in their backyard. A Bioblitz is defined by Jacey Hall, Field Technician, as “large in-person gathering where people go to a specific area and in 24 hours they i...

  • Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and Resort Reopens

    Mahlon Smoke|Sep 3, 2020

    By Mahlon Smoke August 28th marked the re-opening of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino to the community after six months of closure due to the Covid-19 pandemic. During that time the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino staff have been hard at work to ensure the safety of every guest who enters the building. Now that the Casino has re-opened, staff members were glad to be back in business and adjust to the 'new normal'. Following New York State and Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe mandates, the casino has a mandatory...

  • SLC Health Dept Releases Notice of Potential COVID-19 Exposure

    Sep 3, 2020

    Three business in Massena, NY have been identified as a place of ‘potential exposure of COVID-19.’ The businesses are: Angel Nails, 287 Leslie Rd, Massena, NY 13662 JCPenney at St. Lawrence Centre Mall, 6100 Mall Road, Massena, NY 13662 Maurices at St. Lawrence Centre Mall, 6100 Mall Road, Massena, NY 13662 Patrons who visited Angel Nails on August 22, 2020 between 12 pm and 2 pm, and JCPenney or Maurices between 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm in Massena at the above locations have a potential risk of exposure to COVID-19. SLC Dept of Health notice stated...


    Sep 3, 2020

    Marie M. Johnson, 76, of 77 Hilltop Drive, Kanatakon, unexpectedly passed away on Friday, August 28, 2020 at her home. Marie was born at her family home in Kanatakon, on May 1, 1944, daughter of the late Joseph and Charlotte Mitchell Diabo. She attended St. Andrew's Day School and on May 6, 1961 she married Joseph Johnson at the St. Regis Catholic Church. Joseph predeceased her on June 14, 2013. She was a communicant of the St. Regis Catholic Church and worked at a custodian for the Mohawk... Full story


    Sep 3, 2020

    Robert Brian Boots "Kakwiranoron" of Akwesasne, 59, peacefully entered the Spirit World late Sunday evening, August 30, 2020 at his home with the loved of his family at his side. Robert was born July 9, 1961 in Cornwall, Ontario, the son of the late Jonas and Pauline (White) Boots. He attended schools on Cornwall Island and in Cornwall at General Vanier. Robert was an ironworker with Local #440 until his retirement due to ill health. He enjoyed fishing, hunting, cooking, traveling, and boxing.... Full story


    Sep 3, 2020

    This Notice is to update the residents of Wade Lafrance Memorial Road that the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) Department of Infrastructure and Housing (DIH) will commence the project known as the "The Wade Lafrance Memorial Road Reconstruction Project - Phase 1". The construction zone will start from the Bittern Creek Bridge to a length of approximately 600m east on Wade Lafrance Memorial Road. The work consists of removing the existing asphalt material and raising the road surface...


    Sep 3, 2020

    When in a global pandemic, the “art” show must go on. The 2020 coronavirus has not dampened Ganondagan’s desire—or ability—to promote and highlight Hodinöhsö:ni’ art. With that, Friends of Ganondagan announces the call for entries for its fourth annual juried Hodinöhsö:ni’ Art Show to take place virtually beginning Friday, November 6 through December 31, 2020. This year, Ganondagan is creating a free, public, online catalogue of the selected Haudenosaunee work, professionally photographed at the Seneca Art & Culture Center. The catalogue wil...


    Sep 3, 2020

    Akwesasne, NY, August 31, 2020 — One lucky north country resident has 131,000 reasons to smile! Robert L. of Ogdensburg won the Super Grand Jackpot of $131,000 playing Dollar Storm, an Aristocrat slot game on the evening of Saturday, August 29, 2020. Robert was betting $5 when he won a bonus. On the second spin of his bonus, the Super Grand Jackpot coin appeared. “At first, I thought I won a chance to win the jackpot, but after the bonus had ended, lights started going off, and that’s when I realized I had won the jackpot.” This was an early b...


    Sep 3, 2020

    Published on August 22-28, 2020 by North Country This week. The following Akwesasronon have unclaimed property consisting of cash amount of fifty dollars or more: •Brown, Adrienne 1100 SH 37 Hogansburg, NY 13655 • Thompson, Eli P.O. Box 181, Hogansburg, NY 13655-0181 • Lazore, Christine 357 Helena Road Rooseveltown, NY 13683-0842 • Phillips, Gregory 221 Cook Road Akwesasne, NY 13655-2149 • Garrow, Mackenzie 3 Helena Road Hogansburg, NY 13655-6206 • Garrow, Robert 75 Pyke Road Hogansburg, NY 13655-3203 • Jock, Kawenniiosta 127 Jock Road, Ho...


    Sep 3, 2020

    THANK YOU I wish to commend Jennifer Francis for the over whelming love, support and strength during the passing of my brother Mike. Being alone, I couldn’t have gotten through it all without her. She has a heart of Gold! I also want to thank the Pall Bearers for their time and kindness; Ronnie Jacobs, Clinton Jacobs, Curtis Jacobs, Ronnie Jacobs Jr., Eric Herne, Dominic Jacobs and Glen Lazore. Thank You, Regina Herne Alexander Bedford, Indiana...

  • Substitution Savvy

    Sep 3, 2020

    By: Laura Weber (obtained from Penn State Extension) Try these substitutions for making your meals healthier: Higher Fat/Saturated Fat Cooking oils Lower Fat/Saturated Fat Alternatives Choose heart healthy – safflower, peanut, or olive oils more often Higher Fat/Saturated Fat Sautéing Lower Fat/Saturated Fat Alternatives Use nonstick spray, water, flavored juices or stock Higher Fat/Saturated Fat Salad dressings Lower Fat/Saturated Fat Alternatives Use equal parts water and vinegar and half as much oil. To make up for less intense flavor, ad...


    Sep 3, 2020

    In Iroquois Society, men and women had definite roles to play. The society stated that men were the hunters and protectors, while women gave birth and nurtured their children. They also tilled the fields and tended the crops. Everyone had the responsibility to provide essential tools and utensils used by the villages for everyday life. The men made all the tools necessary for the hunt. The men carved bowls, corn pounders and spoons used by the women. The women made clothing, sleeping mats, dried and smoked food, and cured the hides for clothing...

  • Ronnonkwehón:we

    Sep 3, 2020

    1. Ratirón:taks - Algonquin 2. Tewa’kenhá:ka - Anishinaabe, Ojibway 3. Kaiohkwenhá:ka niwakonhwentsiò:ten - Cayuga, I am 4. Shotinonnawen’tó:wane - Cayuga, they are 5. Kahrhakonhró:non - Cree 6. Kioheríshon - Creek 7. Thotinontáthe - Huron 8. Konkwehón:we - Indigenous, I am 9. Othore’kehró:non - Inuit 10. Wakenonhseshró:non - Longhouse, I am a person of 11. Wakenien’kehá:ka - Mohawk, I am 12. Kanien’kehá:ka niwakonhwentsiò:ten - Mohawk, I am 13. Konkwehón:we - Native American, I am 14. Onenio’te’á:ka niwakonhwentsiò:ten - Oneida,...

  • Have you completed the U.S. Census?

    Sep 3, 2020

    Brendan White is on a mission. He is actively encouraging Akwesasronon to complete the United States 2020 Census. White has a lot going against him; a general distrust of the government, difficulty in filling out the application, and what if your name doesn't even fit in the box? Then there is the question of sovereignty - why would anyone fill out a census form for an outside government? This is in every sense of the word, an obligation of the United States government to the people of...

  • Origins of the Phrase: As Long as the Sun Shines

    Doug George-Kanentiio|Sep 3, 2020

    By Doug George-Kanentiio Recently I watched the film “Little Big Man” which remains one of my favorite movies given the outstanding performance by Chief Dan George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation north of Vancouver, BC. Although Dan George is not a relative he did meet my uncle Angus “Shine” George when he was playing professional lacrosse in the late 1930’s. My uncle said Chief George would perform songs and dances between periods of the games which my uncle would stand and watch. Decades later my brother Dan George, now a retired US Marine, w...


    Sep 3, 2020

    August 28, 2020. The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service is seeking public assistance in identifying the suspect(s) involved in a break and enter that occurred at the Akwesasne Native North American Travelling College in the district of Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island). On Monday, August 24, 2020, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police were dispatched to the Native North American Travelling College regarding a Break and Enter that occurred over the weekend of August 21-23, 2020. Police believe the suspect(s) entered the building through a basement window and...

  • St. Lawrence County wants to buy drone for aerial operations, currently uses SRMT Police's when needed

    Andy Gardner|Sep 3, 2020

    By Andy Gardner CANTON. The St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office wants to use a state terrorism prevention program grant to purchase a drone that can be used for rescue operations or criminal investigations. The St. Lawrence County legislature’s Operations Committee unanimously approved accepting the grant funding during their August meeting. Sheriff Brooks Bigwarfe spoke and said the county currently has to borrow a drone from St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police, and because of that “sometimes it takes hours to get to a location.” “If someone g...


    Sep 3, 2020

    By Tom Sakokwenonkwas Porter - Bear Clan I was on my way to a worldwide environmental conference in Toronto, Ontario , Canada. As I was driving on the thruway approaching Rochester, NY something strange was happening. I was listening to the radio & I thought that I was losing the signal as the music at intervals was being lost. Then, all of a sudden, a women’s voice began to speak in the Mohawk Language. I thought it was the radio, but I shut the radio off and the woman continued to talk. Here is what she said, “You have been asking yourself wh...

  • Tribe's EOC Expands Travel Radius, Removes Curfew

    Sep 3, 2020

    AKWESASNE. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's Emergency Operations Center (EOC) announced it has expanded the travel radius and removed the curfew for the southern portion of Akwesasne. Travel is now permitted up to 100 miles (160 kilometers) into both the United States and Canada-excluding the City of Montreal. The decision to remove the curfew and expand the travel radius is due to the low number of active cases being reported by public health agencies throughout the region. Montreal, however, con...

  • Alaska Natives protest state lawsuit on subsistence hunting

    Sep 3, 2020

    By Joaqlin Estus. Reprinted with permission from Indian Country Media. Caribou and moose hunting season opened this month in Alaska, but only locals will be hunting at a popular destination for urban Alaska hunters. The federal lands being closed are part of the traditional homelands of the Ahtna Athabascan in South-central Interior Alaska. The region includes moose and migratory routes of the Nelchina caribou herd, which numbers in the tens of thousands. The state argues there are enough moose, and more than enough caribou, to let the hunt go...

  • Strong Collaboration with Four Area Colleges for Safe Reopening

    Sep 3, 2020

    Canton, NY. St. Lawrence County Public Health Department and Board of Health have worked very closely with the 4 area colleges (Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Canton, and SUNY Potsdam) to create the safest possible plans for returning students. The goal of this collaboration has been to assist the Colleges in reopening in a manner that protects the health and safety of the students and safeguards the community members of St. Lawrence County. All 4 Colleges have implemented comprehensive testing programs to decrease the...

  • First Nation and Canada Wide COVID-19 Update

    Sep 3, 2020

    Epidemiological summary of COVID-19 cases in First Nations communities as reported to FNIHB on August 29, 2020, at 10:35 a.m. ET for the week of August 23 to August 29, 2020. Quebec – 0 Cases Ontario – 0 Cases Saskatchewan – 0 Cases Alberta – 0 Cases British Columbia – 2 Cases CANADA WIDE 5,689 active COVID-19 cases in Canada: 129,425 diagnoses, 9,132 deaths and 114,604 recoveries (as of Sept. 1, 8 p.m. ET) Alberta - 1,398 active cases (14,066 total cases, including 241 deaths, 12,427 resolved) British Columbia - 1,134 active cases (5,848 total...

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