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Articles from the October 13, 2022 edition

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  • Land Acknowledgement and Resurgence: Unveiling of 'Gayaneñhsä•ʔgo•nah' by Onondaga Artist Brandon Lazore

    Oct 13, 2022

    In recognition of Indigenous Peoples' Day, Syracuse University unveiled Gayaneñhsä•ʔgo•nah ("The Great Law of Peace") by Onondaga Artist Brandon "Ganyada•kda" Lazore. The artwork is the focal point of a larger installation that serves to acknowledge the relationship between Syracuse University and the Onondaga Nation and the University's presence on ancestral land. "Unity. Duality. Contribution. Influence. Longevity. These are just a few of the themes conveyed by a stunning and thought-...

  • Akwesasne Celebrates with Grand Opening of New Skatepark

    Oct 13, 2022

    The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is thrilled to announce the opening of the Akwesasne Skatepark. The grand opening was held on Saturday, October 8th at the A'nowara'ko:wa Arena on Kawehno:ke, with dignitaries, form Akwesasne, Cornwall, SDG and most importantly – the youth of Akwesasne. The park is now open to serve the skateboarding, rollerblading, biking, scooter-riding, and wheelchair users from in and around the community. The first 50 kids received a free skateboard, helmet, and safety p...

  • Village of Potsdam recognizes Indigenous Peoples Day

    Oct 13, 2022

    POTSDAM – The Potsdam village board recently voted to recognize Monday, Oct. 11 as Indigenous Peoples Day, which passed unanimously. Village Trustee Alexandra Jacobs-Wilke said she introduced the resolution to “acknowledge we reside on Native lands and the ancestral homelands of the Akwesasne Mohawks and many Native peoples living in our community who are wonderful and bring so much to this area. And also just recognize there was recent a day commemorating National Truth and Reconciliation, which is actually a Canadian national holiday now...

  • Massena-SRC girls soccer game goes to Raiders; 'Rocks blank Malone in boys' bout

    Andy Gardner|Oct 13, 2022

    By Andy Gardner. In recent Salmon River and Massena varsity sports action, the Raider girls beat the Shamrocks at Massena. The Shamrock boys soccer team blanked Malone, and the Massena volleyball team downed Gouverneur and Ogdensburg. Saturday, Oct. 8, boys soccer, Salmon River 6 Franklin Academy 0 – Ryan Bouchey made five saves in the Salmon River net as the Shamrocks shut out Malone. Carter Johnson scored twice. Kade Cook, Evan Collette, Chase Lewis and Caiden Cartier booted in one goal a...

  • Indigenous Women's Arts Conference Features Dozens of Mohawk Artists

    Oct 13, 2022

    The Indigenous Women's Arts Conference, October 14-16 will have dozens of free workshops for Indigenous women like basketry, sewing, pottery, drum making, porcupine quilling and led by renowned artists Natasha Smoke Santiago, Carrie Hill, Nanci Ransom, Debbie Jacobs, and many more. The three-day event will take place at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Willis College and the St. Laurent Shopping Centre Ottawa. Workshops will take place on Friday, October 14 and Saturday, October 15...


    Oct 13, 2022

    MASSENA – Gary Brian Fuller, 87, unexpectedly passed away Wednesday evening, October 5, 2022, at Massena Hospital. Through his death and Gary's generosity, his family chose for Gary to be a tissue donor. Gary was born on July 22, 1935, in Hogansburg, the son of the late Howard and Bertha (Garrow) Fuller. He attended Massena Central Schools, graduating in 1953. Gary faithfully served his country from 1954 as a Private First-Class Radio Operator until honorably being discharged in 1956. He continu... Full story

  • MARY DAVID Wahientha

    Oct 13, 2022

    AKWESASNE – Mary (Barnhart) Wahientha David, 89 years of age, of Sweet Grass Lane, Kanatakon, died on Friday evening, October 7, 2022, at the Cornwall Community Hospital following a lengthy illness. Mary had a deep love for her family and for the community, serving many terms in political office on the Mohawk Council. She is acknowledged as being the first Native American woman to lead in a Council as Grand Chief in Canada in 1978. Mary was also a very active member of the early school committee... Full story

  • Tribally Licensed Sovereign Cannabis Company Holds Soft Launch

    Oct 13, 2022

    Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Chief Ron LaFrance shared support and wishes for much success to all the team members of the Sovereign Cannabis Company, which conducted a soft launch today as the newest tribally licensed cannabis retailer. Located in the Akwesasne Trading Post at 8 State Route 37; their official grand opening begins at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, October 21st and will include a free slice of Riverside pizza, a chance to win prizes, and a cash drawing. THE SRMT offers their warmest...

  • Salmon River Middle School Student of the Month Program

    Oct 13, 2022

    Students at the Salmon River Middle School have been participating in the Student of the Month Program. The program focuses on the featured character trait from the Book of the Month. The books of the month are chosen based on content that addresses human feelings and encourages the values of empathy and caring. The character trait identified for September was adaptability. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Alcoholism/Chemical Dependency Prevention Program awarded students who exhibited this trait...

  • Friends of the Ogdensburg Library Welcome Author Barbara Briggs Ward

    Oct 13, 2022

    The Friends of the Ogdensburg Public Library invite the public to the Ogdensburg Public Library during our 100th Anniversary Celebration Week (October 15-21). We are excited to announce that local author, Barbara Briggs Ward will be visiting the library on two separate occasions. On Wednesday, Oct 19th from 4 pm to 7 pm she will be hosting a book signing of her new book, “Velvet Snowflakes”. The cover was illustrated by local artist, John Morrow. Stop by and talk to Barb about her new book! On Thursday, October 20th at 11 am she will be rea...

  • MCA Notes the Passing of Mary David

    Oct 13, 2022

    With sadness, the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is sharing the loss of community elder Mary David, former Grand Chief and District Chief. Mary was well-respected for her contributions to community matters, having entered into politics and serving as Grand Chief in Akwesasne during the 1970s. She continued to serve on Council as District Chief for several years in the 1980s. This achievement and Mary’s intelligence and hard-working personality are still remembered throughout MCA. Mary’s legacy will continue to inspire others in the community who...

  • Indian Time Notes Passing of Professor Ed Dubinsky Memorial Service October 22

    Oct 13, 2022

    Professor Ed Dubinsky died on May 8 at his home in Miami, Florida. He was a great friend of the Akwesasne Freedom School providing instruction in mathematics during the first two years of its formation in 1979-80. He was an advocate for human and ecological rights and a staunch defender of the Mohawk Nation and its people. He served as a professor of mathematics at Clarkson University and at many other institutions. He was also an ecologist who turned a section of hardscrabble land in Pyrites, NY into a healthy forest, providing a sanctuary for...

  • The Supreme Court Will Decide the Future of Clean Water for Generations

    Oct 13, 2022

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Monday, October 3, 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the case Sackett v. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, deliberating what waterways and wetlands are protected under the Clean Water Act. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear Sackett v. EPA is another troubling sign that the new supermajority in the nation’s highest court is pursuing a deregulatory path. Based on an extraordinarily narrow reading of the law, the Sacketts and their industry allies asked the Court to strip protections from 45 milli...

  • Clarkson Researchers Develop Innovative Method to Fabricate Eco-Friendly Adsorbents for Heavy Metal Ion Removal by 3D Printing

    Oct 13, 2022

    One of the leading causes of water pollution is heavy metal contamination which has profound adverse effects on human health and the environment. That’s why Clarkson University researchers have developed a cost-effective, 3D printing technology to create sustainable bio-based adsorbents that can effectively remove toxic heavy metal ions from contaminated environments. The 3D printing technique offers a cost-effective, scalable and simple approach to creating tunable adsorbents for environmental remediation that can be used broadly by the c...

  • MCA Community Consultation Begins for Draft Akwesasne Cannabis Law

    Oct 13, 2022

    The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is notifying the community that Akwesasne Legislative Enactment Procedural Regulations (LEPR) - Phase III Community Consultation in the development of the Draft Akwesasne Cannabis Law has begun. The Draft Akwesasne Cannabis Law was “Accepted in Principle” by Council MCR 2022/2023 - #159 dated September 19, 2022. The Oversight Committee on Legislative Development presented a summary at the MCA General Meeting on September 22, 2022 to complete Phase II of the LEPR. Moving into “Phase III Community Consu...


    Oct 13, 2022

    The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Community & Social Services (DCSS) are providing the community with the following update regarding the Kanonhkwa’tsheri:io Health Facility (KHF) programs and services. The KHF remains closed until further notice while power/electrical repairs are underway. Directors and Program Managers continue to work diligently to identify alternate work sites and arrangements in order to continue services for community members. The following programs and services have pro...

  • What is a "Treaty"?

    Oct 13, 2022

    The English word “treaty” has its ancestry in a French word meaning, “to bargain”, there is no Mohawk equivalent words implying agreement are used as translations. In Canadian law, it is important to understand what is a “treaty” and what is not, since promises made in “treaties” are more binding than other promises made by the Crown. A hierarchy of promises is not inconsistent with Haudenosaunee law, in which promises made with wampum are certainly more sacred and binding than statements made with empty hands. Canadian law uses the word ...

  • Ska'niónhsa Iató:rats

    Oct 13, 2022

    1. Tehniiáhsen tehnón:kwe tehnonkwehón:we 2 Native men 2. Iató:rats 2 are hunting 3. Iatakièn:'a A father and his son 4. Kanenna'kè:ne nikahá:wi Fall 5. Entákta Saturday 6. Ohrhon'kéhstsi Early morning 7. Shontakarahkwineken'ne Sunrise 8. Tsiá:ta niiohwistà:'e 7 o'clock 9. Ohská:wakon In the woods 10. Okwirákta Near the tree 11. Kanawákta Near the swamp 12. Othorè:ke é:neken nonkwá:ti Up north 13. É:neken ne British Columbia In British Columbia 14. Nè:'e tsi ska'niónhsa o'wà:ron tehonatonh...

  • Marriage, Divorce, and Custody Code Final Draft Now Available

    Oct 13, 2022

    AKWESASNE – The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Clerk is providing notification to tribal members that after posting the “Tenkwahswanón:na” Chapter 2 – Marriage, Divorce, and Custody Code” for an additional 30-day comment period that it is now being posted as a final draft. No further comments were received from membership during the second comment period that ended on Kentenhkó:wa/September 30, 2022. The final draft of the Marriage, Divorce, and Custody Code is available to review on the Tribal Members Portal, which can be accessed from the Tribe’s...

  • Long-awaited 'Spirit Rangers' Debut

    Oct 13, 2022

    By Aliyah Chavez. ICT. When Netflix's 220 million subscribers log into their accounts on Monday, they will find a new animated series called "Spirit Rangers." The show was created by "the Avengers" of Native writers, producers and voice actors. That can be seen through the 20 episodes that were unveiled on Indigenous Peoples Day. The show is the first kids show in the U.S. to be created by a Native woman, according to Netflix. It joins the animated world of Indigenous on-screen characters,...

  • Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Courts Unveils New Logo

    Oct 13, 2022

    AKWESASNE -- The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Courts unveiled a new logo that better reflects the Tribe's judicial branch of the tribal government. The winning design and artist were introduced during an afternoon unveiling event that was held at the Tribal Court Building located at 882 State Route 37 on Thursday, Kenténha/October 6, 2022. Beginning in the early-1990, efforts were undertaken to development and implement a judicial system in the southern portion of the Akwesasne community....

  • Fat Bear Voting Ends with a Winner!

    Oct 13, 2022

    Some of the largest brown bears on Earth make their home at Brooks River in Katmai National Park, Alaska. Brown bears get fat to survive, and Fat Bear Week is an annual tournament celebrating their success in preparation for winter hibernation. Fat Bear Week 2022 runs from October 5 to October 11. Cast votes decides who is the fattest of the fat. The annual poll saw thousands of people glued to webcams watching bears in Alaska stuff themselves with salmon as they ready for hibernation. The creat...

  • More people now eligible to give blood or platelets with the Red Cross

    Oct 13, 2022

    WATERTOWN – The American Red Cross now invites those who spent time in the U.K., Ireland or France and have never tried to give blood due to concerns over variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (vCJD) – related to mad cow disease – to give blood and help save lives. Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration updated its blood donor eligibility guidance on vCJD, eliminating the deferral for those who spent time in the U.K., Ireland and France between 1980 and 2001. In alignment with FDA changes, the Red Cross began accepting donations Oct....

  • Police Blotter

    Oct 13, 2022

    Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Department Citations and Arrests (See Pictures) ASSAULT Cornwall, ON – Darrell Herne Jr., 32, of Cornwall was arrested on October 4th, 2022 and charged with assault. It is alleged on October 4th, 2022, the man assaulted someone known to him during an altercation and the police were contacted to investigate. During the investigation, the man was taken into custody, charged accordingly and held for a bail hearing....

  • Agathe Konwanihen Swamp and Paul Kanentakeron DeLorimier

    Oct 13, 2022

    Agathe Konwanihen Swamp (born 1859) married Paul Kanentakeron DeLorimier in 1878, Children: Thomas Tarentanehken (born 1895) and Margaret Konwaiakonni (born 1889) Do you have any old photos that you'd like to share with our readers in Blast from the Past? Bring them in! Our offices are located on Hilltop Drive in the Communications Building. Stop letting your photos gather dust in the basement and bring them in for us! All photos are returned to their owner....

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