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  • Local 440 and the World Trade Center Monitoring and Treatment

    Mar 6, 2014

    “Were you there? We still care! After the terrorists’ attacks on September l 1, 2001, volunteers and workers from North Country were there for the survivors. Nearly 100 workers from Local 440 Iron Workers were at the World Trade Center when the planes hit. Instead of leaving, many stayed to help dismantle the towers that some of the same workers or their relatives had helped build decades earlier. As reported by Michael Swamp, former business manager of Local 440, volunteers from the Akwesasne Mohawk Nation and other First Nations not only wor...

  • SRC & 4-H Meet Astronaut Mae Jemison at Clarkson

    Mar 6, 2014

    By Connie Gerow, 4-H Tribal Mentoring Site Coordinator From designing and building a remote control robot, being a part of a team to reengineer existing snowmobiles for improved emission/noise control studies, researching the aero-dynamics of wind power blades, crafting a concrete canoe, tackling real world problems in the complicated world of engineering to listening to a world renowned speaker Astronaut Mae Jemison, a group of 22 students and five chaperones from Salmon River Central School...

  • MCA Proposes Plan to Relocate John Saiowisakeron Fire Statue to Kana:takon

    Mar 6, 2014

    Background Every year on the first Friday in the month of May, the community of Akwesasne honours an important Akwesasronon named John Saiowisakè:ron Fire. This year, on the 115th anniversary of his passing, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is proposing a special event in his honour that will include, if the community agrees, the relocation of the memorial wooden statue from its current location on Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island) to Kana:takon (St. Regis) where he lived and died. John Saiowisakè:ron Fire was born in the year 1847. He lived in A...

  • Dave DeVries Brings The Monster Engine to SRMS

    Samantha McMillon Wilkinson|Mar 6, 2014

    On Friday, Author/Illustrator Dave DeVries visited the St. Regis Mohawk School. Dave has worked for companies like DC Comics and Marvel. He has worked in many different mediums including comic books, films, toy packages, video games and even a theme ride. Dave has drawn characters like Spiderman, Storm, Sonic the Hedgehog, Dare Devil, the Green Goblin, the Iron Giant and the Human Torch. Dave started The Monster Engine, which is also a book he authored, a few years ago and has been travelling...

  • "Shamrock Music Awards" Rolls out the Red Carpet

    Rachelle Garrow Hayes|Mar 6, 2014

    The eve before the 2014 Oscar Awards the Shamrock Figure Skating Club was proudly showcasing its own "Shamrock Music Awards" at the annual figure skating show at the Tom C. Cavanaugh Arena. It was lights, camera, action as each skater stepped onto an elegant rink between two large golden statuettes. The boards were all black with red trim and blinking lights to set the atmosphere of this star studded night. The stars of the show were the 57 performing students that have been learning and...

  • "Shamrock Music Awards" Rolls out the Red Carpet - Part 2

    Mar 6, 2014

    Here are additional pictures....

  • CORRECTION

    Mar 6, 2014

    Salmon River High School Varsity Boys Hockey players were recognized at Cheel Arena after the Massena-Potsdam Division One Section 10 Championship game. L-R: Kyle Lewis, Coach Tim Cook, Tylar Thomas and David Roundpoint. Kyle Lewis received the Salmon River Section 10 Sportsmanship Award. He only received two penalties all season despite spending a lot of time on the ice. Tylar Thomas and David Roundpoint received Academic All-Northern for achieving an overall GPA of 88 or higher. Missing from...

  • To Gus and The Staff at the O non kwa son a Pharmacy

    Mar 6, 2014

    To Gus and The Staff at the O non kwa son a Pharmacy, I want to take this time to say Niawenko:wa for all your years of service to our Community. Gus, you and your staff are Amazing!!! When I worked at the Akwesasne and Kawehnoke Medical Clinics, not once did you or your staff ever lose patience with me when I would call your pharmacy, and sometimes it was several times a day! Everyone was always very helpful and kind, and not once did I ever hang up the phone frustrated. Gus, you definitely have a Big Heart and it is for this Community. I have...

  • Attention: Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department and Akwesasne Mohawk Community

    Mar 6, 2014

    March 2014 Attention: Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department and Akwesasne Mohawk Community Since October 2008, I served with the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department and served with the best firefighters in providing service to our Mohawk community. When I was allowed to join the department it was the most amazing moment in my life. I wanted to be a firefighter since I was little. Right from the beginning, I knew firefighting would be a big part of my life. After my first year I became Lieutenant and the following year I was...

  • Niawen

    Mar 6, 2014

    Niawen, Coach Garrett and Assistant Coach Dwight Bero would like to thank all involved with the fundraiser for the Akwesasne Jr. B Indians. The benefit was a huge success and raised a great profit for this year’s lacrosse season! A special thanks to Dave Mainville and staff for allowing us to use Brass Horse Lounge as our venue, Jodi Jackson for making the delicious pulled pork, and last but not least, our dedicated parents and players for pulling the benefit together and selling an amazing amount of tickets! The winners of the drawing are: M...

  • CRTF Warn Snowmobile Operators about Safety Hazard While Operating on Snowmobile Trails

    Mar 6, 2014

    (Cornwall, Ontario – March 3, 2014) – The RCMP would like to warn snowmobilers of a serious safety hazard that was recently found on a local snowmobile trail. Recently, members of the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) were conducting routine patrols on a trail in Bainsville, Ontario. As the members were approaching the Wood's Creek Bridge, CRTF members noticed that a rope had been laid across the trail, suspended from the bridge overhead. Fortunately, members were able to avoid serious inj...

  • Sunken Villages

    Rachelle Garrow Hayes|Mar 6, 2014

    Some people say that progress is always a good thing, but others may say that is debatable, especially when it comes to the Lost Villages of Canada and the U.S. Louis Helbrig, a Canadian aerial photographer, was on hand at the Massena Library on February 20th to present his photos as well as a 20 minute audio of interviews by people affected by the loss of their communities in the 1950's. The construction of the St. Lawrence Seaway required the flooding of 12 communities between Iroquois and...

  • Reader Submission

    Mar 6, 2014

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  • Reader Submission

    Mar 6, 2014

    On Saturday night, the Shamrock Figure Skating Club's "Shamrock Music Awards" show was held at the Tom C. Cavanaugh Arena. Marsha White is one proud Tota as her granddaughter Halle Lazore skated beautifully. Photos by Marsha White....

  • Group Wants to Bring Cultural Tourism to Akwesasne

    Andy Gardner|Mar 6, 2014

    AKWESASNE -- A contingent made up of Mohawk artists, a tribal official and two outside experts from Fuller Communications are trying to bring cultural tourism to the territory, but at the same time balance the community's desire to keep some of its traditions to itself. Although the plan won't be finalized until May, the group wants to bring the Akwesasne Strategic Plan for Cultural Tourism to life. It was drawn up of community input from 500 respondents. Some of the ideas floating around...

  • Don't be Scammed: March is Fraud Prevention Month

    Mar 6, 2014

    The Financial Services Commission of Ontario, the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service, and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Ontario and other organizations involved in fraud awareness announce that March is Fraud Prevention Month. Email and Internet Scams: Cyber scams are on the rise and “phishing” is one of the most common. It is an attempt to persuade consumers to disclose personal information, like usernames, passwords or credit card details. Criminals often do this through “spoofing,” the act of forging emails, text messages and website...

  • Before You Jump

    Kaniethonkie|Mar 6, 2014

    There are some things to take into consideration before you spend the money from the Tax Class Action Suit. For one, this money is extra money, it is money you never expected to get, didn’t really work for and never really thought about until you received a notice in mail to reply to it. It is by all accounts free money. We didn’t work for it, we didn’t file the suit for it, we didn’t hire the lawyer for it, and so with all due respect, we shouldn’t complain about it. Receiving extra money should put you ahead, or at least leave you in the sa...

  • FIRST-IN-THE-NATION LEGISLATION BANNING PLASTIC MICROBEADS IN COMMONLY USED COSMETICS PROPOSED

    Mar 6, 2014

    NEW YORK – Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman was joined by Long Island Assemblyman Robert K. Sweeney in proposing first-in-the-nation legislation that bans a form of plastic pollution that is an emerging threat to New York’s Great Lakes and other bodies of water. The Attorney General’s Microbead-Free Waters Act will prohibit the sale in New York of beauty and cosmetic products that contain tiny plastic particles that are often marketed as microbeads. The plastic beads, which were recently found in alarmingly high levels in the New York...

  • Point Moves On To Regional Science Fair

    Mar 6, 2014

    Submitted by Nanci Ransom Grace Point, the daughter of Laurie Crawford and TJ Point was chosen as one of the four student representatives to attend the regional Science Fair in April. Grace is in 7th grade and attends École Secondaire Publique L'Héritage, in Cornwall. Her science fair project was to create and test therapeutic food products for diabetics during a natural disasters, emergencies, and hazards. Grace feels that attention should be made to those in need during a natural disaster, or...

  • Kanatakon School Celebrates Star Students and Science Winners

    Samantha McMillon Wilkinson|Mar 6, 2014

    On Tuesday, the Kanatakon School held its Awards Assembly for the month of February. Principal Alice King emceed the event. The Kanatakon School gives four different awards to motivate their students to excel in different areas. There are Students of the Month, for which students receive a certificate and a Physical Education Award, which earns students a necklace. Showing Good Character gets students a feather and an award called "Caught You Speaking Kanienkeha" for students who speak...

  • Mohawks of Tyendinaga start promised blockade for justice for murdered and missing women

    Mar 6, 2014

    By Krystalline Kraus, rabble.ca (March 3, 2014) As of Sunday, roughly 70 members and supporters of the Mohawks of Tyendinaga erected a blockade on Shannonville Road, pushing for the Canadian government to host a genuine inquiry into the disappearances and deaths of Indigenous women across Canada -- thus stating their dissatisfaction of the Oppal Inquiry. As of reports from Sunday night, “two large fires are going across the street and vehicles are parked, blocking Shannonville Road.” The federal government has already insisted that it is wil...

  • Akwesasne Youth Leadership (AYL) Update

    Mar 6, 2014

    Submitted by Akwesasne Youth Leadership VISION BOARD GATHERING WORKSHOP On January 24, 2014, AYL held a Vision Board Gathering Workshop at Nature's Gift on Route 37. We would like to say Niawen to those youth who attended. It was nice to have you there and that you were able to express the reason you chose certain pictures and words for your board. AYL is glad that those who attended enjoyed the workshop. For those of you who missed the workshop we will be planning another Vision Board...

  • Akwesasne Mohawk Board of Education POST SECONDARY STUDENTS FINAL GRADES FOR FALL 2013

    Mar 6, 2014

    BOARD’S LIST 3.5 - 4.0 Antone-Watson, Monica Barnes, Tewasherake Benedict, Brittany Benedict, Janisa Benedict, Karrie Bero, Noah Bigtree, Antoinette Bigtree, Ohontsiiosta Boots, Bailey Boots, Katie Buckshot, Corey Chaussi, Kuyra Cole, Erin Conners, Todd Cook, Javan Cook, Katie David, Aimee Day, Terri Francis, Abraham Garrow, Joni Garrow-Keese, Tricia Hall, Jacey Hall, Jaclyn Herne, Carley Herne, Skye Jacco, Kaylee Jackson, Jodi Jacobs, Matthew Jock, Arnold Kelly, Anna King, Jonnie King, Louis Lafrance, Hannah Lafrance, Iris Lafrance, Sean ...

  • Police Blotter

    Mar 6, 2014

    Failure to Obey Traffic Device – Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed Kenneth J. Cree, 37 of Akwesasne, NY for disobeying a traffic sign following a traffic stop on February 22 after his vehicle drove through a red stop light at the intersection of State Route 37 and Frogtown Road. Mr. Cree was issued a ticket returnable to Tribal Court on March 10. Operating Vehicle Out of Class - Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police ticketed Bonnie F. Square, 56 of Hogansburg, NY for operating a vehicle out of class on February 23 while travelling on St. R...

  • Youth Film Production Camp

    Rachelle Garrow Hayes|Mar 6, 2014

    Hitchcock, Spielberg, Tarantino, Scorsese, Del Toro. Akwesasne teens began their journey to join the filmmaking elite when they spent their weekend learning the art of cinematic storytelling in the Akwesasne Just Got Reel Youth Film Production Camp. These students also gained an awareness of a very important relationship issue, domestic violence. This event was sponsored by the Akwesasne Family Wellness Program and organized by Raeann Oakes. Katsitsionni Fox instructed the students in hands-on d...

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