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Articles from the September 8, 2016 edition


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  • AKWESASNE COURT LAW COMES INTO FORCE

    Sep 8, 2016

    August 12, 2016 marked a momentous occasion for the Mohawks of Akwesasne when the community’s Akwesasne Tekaia’torehthà:ke Kaianerenhsera (Akwesasne Court Law) came into force. The Akwesasne Court Law sets out the principles, powers and authorities of the Akwesasne Court. This exercise of self-government is a landmark achievement for First Nations across Canada as it is the first aboriginal court created, sanctioned and enacted by an aboriginal community. The Akwesasne Mohawk Court can trace its beginnings to the early 1970s. For the firs...

  • Removal of Hogansburg Dam Nears Completion

    Sep 8, 2016

    The Hogansburg Dam is essentially a part of history now with the river flowing smoothly. The next phase is restoring the riverbanks on both sides of the river and restocking it with indigenous fish. An important part of this entire project is restoring the building and the grounds located at the Dam for community use as a proposed Art Park. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe became a co-licensee of the Hogansburg Hydroelectric Project on March 13, 2015 and took the lead role to remove the...

  • Akwesasronon Travel to Standing Rock

    Sep 8, 2016

    Over 200 First Nations have signed statements of solidarity, over 60 First Nations are represented on the ground, and over 100 social and environmental movements are supporting Standing Rock. The United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues recently called upon the United States to provide the tribe a "fair, independent, impartial, open and transparent process to resolve this serious issue and to avoid escalation into violence and further human rights abuses." For many, it is considered t...

  • Akwesasne Goes Back to School!

    Sep 8, 2016

    The first day back to school is over. Everyone is back on schedule and we can all relax and settle into the 2016/2017 school year. The Akwesasne Mohawk Board of Education had over 607 students return to the Akwesasne Mohawk School, the Kana:takon School and Tsi Snaihne School this year. Salmon River Central saw 1581 students walk into their school on the first day. Massena Central High School has over 120 students from Akwesasne....

  • Akwesasne Goes Back to School! - Part 2

    Sep 8, 2016

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  • Akwesasne Goes Back to School! - Part 3

    Sep 8, 2016

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  • Massena's Parker Avenue Bridge To Close Monday, Won't Reopen Until Fall 2017

    Andy Gardner|Sep 8, 2016

    Traffic in Massena looking to cross the Grasse River will not be able to use the Parker Avenue bridge until next year, and the underpass will be closed permanently. On Sept. 12, the Department of Transportation closed the bridge, which is expected to be shut down until the fall of 2017. They are taking it down and rebuilding the structure. Drivers will have to cross the Grasse at either the Main Street or Alcoa bridges. Pedestrians can also cross via the footbridge connecting Liberty Avenue and East Orvis Street. The new Parker Bridge will be t...

  • FRANK W. LAUGHING, SR.

    Sep 8, 2016

    AKWESASNE – Mr. Frank W. Laughing, Sr., 75, of 513 Cook Road, suddenly passed away Friday evening, September 2, 2016 at Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital with his loving family by his side. Frank was born June 21, 1941 in Akwesasne, the son of the late Angus J. and Ida Currotte Laughing and attended Mohawk schools. Frank was an ironworker for Local 17 out of Cleveland, Ohio. He also had a bone carving business, Frank Laughing and Sons. In his retirement, he kept himself busy building Bar B...

  • NORMA ANNA LAZORE TERIWANE

    Sep 8, 2016

    AKWESASNE – Ms. Norma Anna "Teriwane" Lazore, 73, of Cornwall Island, passed away Saturday evening, September 3, 2016 at Tsiionkwanonhso:te, where she had been a resident in recent years. Norma was born April 6, 1943 on Cornwall Island, the daughter of the late Angus and Mary Ann Jacobs Lazore, and attended schools there also. She worked for many years at the Chrysler Plant in Syracuse before returning back to Akwesasne. Norma was a member of the Akwesasne Death Benefits Group and enjoyed t...

  • RE: RICHARD ADAMS

    Sep 8, 2016

    September 6, 2016 RE: RICHARD ADAMS Purpose of this letter 1. I wish for this letter to bring to the community’s attention some important objective observations, experiences and actions, from an outsider who has been coming to Akwesasne regularly since 1990. This information is intended to shed some light or reflect the frustrations of many members on questionable conduct of some officials and individuals whose agendas are not always for the well-being of the People, with the hope that such exposure will lead to more fair and m... Full story

  • MCA August General Meeting

    Karonhiaton|Sep 8, 2016

    The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne held their General Monthly Meeting on September 1, 2016 at the Tsi Snaihne Recreation Center. Originally, this meeting was set for August 25, but was cancelled due to the unfortunate passing of two community members. The meeting was called to order at 6 pm and a moment of silence was taken in their memory. Presentations: Traditional Harvesting: Sturgeon Found on St. Lawrence River - Scott Peters, Environmental Assessment Technician On August 8, several community members reported that they had seen dead sturgeon...

  • NYS A.G. and State Education Commissioner Release Material to Help School Districts Comply with "Dignity for All Students Act"

    Sep 8, 2016

    NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and New York State Education Department Commissioner MaryEllen Elia released guidance and model materials to aid school districts in complying with the Dignity For All Students Act. The Dignity Act is New York’s first comprehensive statewide anti-bullying legislation and stands as a powerful tool against discrimination and harassment in public elementary and secondary schools. The Attorney General and Commissioner based the guidance on the needs identified in a joint statewide survey of sch...

  • NYS Law Requires Meningococcal Vaccine for All Children Entering 7th and 12th Grade

    Sep 8, 2016

    ALBANY, N.Y. (August 31, 2016) – Beginning September 1, all public and private school students entering 7th or 12th grades in New York State will be required to be vaccinated against meningococcal disease (types A, C, W and Y) in order to attend school, thanks to a new state law. Meningococcal disease is a rare but dangerous disease that strikes without warning. It can cause meningitis (an infection of the lining of the brain and spinal cord) and sepsis (blood infections). Even with treatment, an infection can lead to death within a few h...

  • Onondagas in Solidarity with Standing Rock Sioux

    Sep 8, 2016

    Onondaga Nation - September 5, 2016. Over 60 people joined Onondaga Nation leaders at the shores of Onondaga Lake this morning to conduct a prayer circle in solidarity with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and members of over 120 Native Nations and their allies who have gathered in North Dakota at the Sacred Stone Camp to stop the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which threatens their water supply as well as the Missouri River. This struggle resonates deeply with the Onondaga Nation, whose sacred waters of Onondaga Lake and Onondaga Cr...

  • Awards Presented to Two Students Pursing Post-Secondary Studies in Engineering

    Karonhiaton|Sep 8, 2016

    On Tuesday, August 30, 2016, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) Department of Technical Services (DTS) presented the Ontario First Nations Technical Service Corporation (OFNTSC) Student Achievement Award and the Gerald Sharrow Memorial Award to two deserving students committed to Post-Secondary studies in Engineering or a relate field. Jay Benedict, Director of MCA DTS, nominated 4 students this year with help from Ahkwesahsne Mohawk Board of Education Post-Secondary Administrator Norma...

  • Arnold Sauther Spotlights Indian Corn

    Sep 8, 2016

    Arnold Sauther's special exhibit featuring and titled "Indian Corn" will open on Friday, September 9 at Northern of Adirondack Artists Gallery NOAAG, with an Artist Reception from 6 to 9. In this show he will have 41 paintings completed using various media such as oil, acrylic, pastel and watercolor. Some of the images come from his interpretations of Mohawk legends. For example, two paintings feature the story of Onatah, "spirit of corn." The smaller one pictured to the left is titled...

  • Reader Comic

    Sep 8, 2016

    Reader Comic....

  • MCA Employees Complete Certification as High Five Trainers

    Sep 8, 2016

    Kahnastatsi Jacobs - A'nowara'ko:wa Arena, Wanda Thompson - Akwesasne Child and Family Services and Waylon Cook - Thompson Island Camp Coordinator, attended a High Five Train the Trainer workshop last week to get certified on delivering High Five programs to instruct The Best Way To Play. High Five is a quality standard for children's sport and recreation founded by Parks and Recreation of Ontario. Vision: Through sustained involvement in quality recreation and sport activities, all children age...

  • Bee Stings

    Sep 8, 2016

    Mohawk Lesson...

  • Oven Baked Zucchini Sticks

    Sep 8, 2016

    Makes: 4 servings, about 1 cup each Ingredients 2 pounds zucchini, (about 4 medium), trimmed and cut into 1-inch chunks 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons prepared pesto Salt to taste Freshly ground pepper to taste Preparation: Place a baking sheet on the middle rack of the oven. Preheat oven to 500°F. Toss zucchini with oil in a large bowl. Spread the zucchini on the preheated baking sheet in a single layer. Roast until beginning to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Turn the zucchini and continue roasting until just tender, 7 to 9...

  • CKON Celebrates Youth Storytelling Summer Program

    Sep 8, 2016

    Submitted by Diane McDonald This summer, CKON began a youth storytelling segment that aired on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m. Several local youth auditioned to be a storyteller, and five were selected. The youth were required to be good readers, with voices that carried well over the airwaves. The initiative was developed to inspire our youth to read myths and legends about our Mohawk culture. The storytellers demonstrated leadership by stepping up to read on the air. They are now role...

  • Pac the Pack School Supplies Drive Hosted By Speedway Wireless

    Sep 8, 2016

    Speedway Wireless hosted their first annual school supply donation drive from July 23rd to September 1st for the children in and around Akwesasne. PAC THE PACK supplied fully packed backpacks to 103 children! 26 packed backpacks were donated to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's IPP Program and 77 backpacks were donated to children who signed up over the phone. During this time we would like to thank the Following for their generous donations: Speedway Smokey's Tobacco Rick & Paulette Hamelin Ryan...

  • MEET THE TRIBE: Brian Herne, Maintenance

    Sep 8, 2016

    The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is proud to feature Brian Herne as this month's employee for our series, "Meet the Tribe." It is our pleasure to share these tribal employee profiles and all the work they are doing on behalf of the community. Brian Herne started working for the Tribe more than 38 years ago in January 1978. He initially began working with a youth program that provided services along the reservation border and McGee Road, such as clearing brush and installing fences. Today, he is a...

  • $19,435 WINNER ON CARIBBEAN STUD FROM LONG SAULT, ON

    Sep 8, 2016

    (AKWESASNE, NY) – On Thursday, September 1, 2016, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort (AMCR) introduced play Canadian, win Canadian on all table game types. Guests can now use their Canadian money to play Blackjack, Roulette, Caribbean Stud, Three Card Poker, Let it Ride and every other game type we offer. On the very first day, Mr. James Cameron from Long Sault, ON won $19,435 with a straight flush on Caribbean Stud. James stated that he is going on vacation with his winnings. The Akwesasne M...

  • Keepers of the Game on Netflix!

    Sep 8, 2016

    Did you miss "Keepers of the Game," the documentary about the Salmon River girl's lacrosse team, when it aired on TV? Well, now you can watch it anytime on Netflix....

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