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Articles from the January 18, 2018 edition


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  • Transport Canada Consulting Akwesasne On Future Plans For Seaway

    Jan 18, 2018

    Transport Canada has launched a comprehensive review of the St. Lawrence Seaway to consider how best to plan for the Seaway’s continued role in North America’s transportation system. As part of the review process, Transport Canada will be conducting a community engagement session in Akwesasne on February 1, 2018 to hear feedback regarding the St. Lawrence Seaway and the role it plays in local communities, the economy, and the transportation system. Transport Canada will: • Consider how best to position the Seaway so it remains a critical part o...

  • Extreme weather floods St. Regis & Salmon rivers; sets high temperature record in Akwesasne

    Andy Gardner|Jan 18, 2018

    A wild swing in temperatures coupled with a winter storm that dropped more than a foot of snow in some areas caused flooding in Akwesasne and the surrounding communities, and set a local temperature record. Between Jan. 11 and 13, the temperatures in Akwesasne and the North Country swung by nearly 80 degrees and caused ice to melt, which flooded the St. Regis and Salmon rivers. Temperatures in Akwesasne on Thursday, Jan. 11 spiked at 53 degrees and the following day got as high as 60 degrees,...

  • Flood Watch Advisory Remains in Effect for Akwesasne

    Jan 18, 2018

    AKWESASNE—The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Emergency Planning Office is notifying local residents that a flood watch remains in effect for the following low-lying areas along the St. Regis River: St. Regis Road, North Street, Cree Road, Mose Cook Road and Cook Road (near Fountain Woods). A flood watch means that there is the potential for flooding. It does not mean that flooding will occur...it only means it is possible. It is also a recommendation for planning, preparation, and increased awareness. In response to the flood watch, the Emergency P...

  • First Annual Winter Classic at Generations Park a Success

    Mahlon Smoke|Jan 18, 2018

    January 9th, 2018 - On a cold winter night, a group of proud family and friends came to Generations Park at 7:00 pm to watch the Akwesasne Wolves vs. North Franklin Squirts at the First Annual Winter Classic game. The event was organized by Ricky Oakes (Slic Electric), with friends Elliott Lazore and Justin Durant. The idea to hold a hockey game at Solomon Arena came about last year. Ricky Oakes pitched the idea of an outdoor hockey game to the Akwesasne Wolves and coming to fruition this year...

  • MCA LAUNCHES COMPLIANCE TRAINING PROGRAM FOR FIRST NATIONS; FIRST OF ITS KIND IN INDIAN COUNTRY

    Jan 18, 2018

    The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Akwesasne Justice Department is celebrating the launch of a new pilot program for compliance officer training that has never been held before on a First Nation or for a First Nation. The course is being offered through funding secured from Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and began on January 8, 2018. “This is a first in Indian Country,” said Joyce King, Director of the Akwesasne Justice Department. “We have found that there really isn’t any training of this kind specific to First Nations. Any simil...

  • ALFRED B. LAFFIN

    Jan 18, 2018

    HOGANSBURG- Alfred B. Laffin, 51, of 988 Drum Street Road, passed away on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at the Massena Memorial Hospital. Alfred was born April 3, 1966 in Massena, son of the late Basil O'Donald and Agatha "Hattie" Lazore Laffin. He was a Massena Central School graduate, and attended Paul Smith's College. He married Lynn M. Arquette on September 5, 1998 at the St. Regis Catholic Church with Rev. George Belgarde officiating. He was a communicant of St. Regis Catholic Church and a me... Full story

  • Niawen Ko:wa from Iakhihsohtha

    Jan 18, 2018

    All of us here at Iakhihsohtha would like to thank everyone who helped make the holiday season so very special for the Totas. Despite the 2 week closure we were up and running before Christmas. With the monies that were raised from our 2017 Trivia Fundraiser, Iakhihsohtha was able to make the Tota's holiday season so very special. Not only did we purchase a 12-foot tree and decorations, but also the staff was able to purchase some beautiful Christmas gifts for the Totas. What a great job they...

  • Niawen Ko:wa from Iakhihsohtha - Part 2

    Jan 18, 2018

    Here are additional pictures....

  • Anowarako:wa Arena Wrapping Up Winter Activities

    Jan 18, 2018

    (January 16, 2018) The A’nowara’ko:wa Arena fall and winter season is almost completed. Our Akwesasne Wolves and Women’s Wild are first place teams heading for playoffs soon. Our host team the Cornwall Nationals, who practice three times a week here, are also in first place. On January 5th, we watched another Law Enforcement Hockey Tournament, and the Cornwall Nationals were defeated by our Akwesasne Warriors in a charity game on the same snowy winter day of January 5th. They played in front of two hundred people. The Homemakers and the Akwes...

  • Keep the Conversation Going:

    Jan 18, 2018

    Sekon, Hello: At the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal meeting on Saturday, January 6th, I was sitting next to a Tribal employee. He asked me if I attended the residency meetings. I told him yes. He then told me he was more concerned with the loss of the Mohawk Language. Shouldn’t they go together…If the population of the Mohawk people slowly dwindles doesn’t that mean the same for the language. They are teaching the language in our schools for our children and classes for our people outside of school as well. We have young intelligent Mohawks filling...

  • Moustache Day at Tsi Snaihne School

    Jan 18, 2018

    Submitted by Lynda Brown On January 12, 2018, students and staff members at Tsi Snaihne School showed their school spirit with Moustache Day. Everyone had a fanSTACHEtic day!...

  • DuffleBag Theatre Visits the Mohawk School

    Derrick Lafrance|Jan 18, 2018

    The kids had a few laughs while learning about a couple of timeless classics. The DuffleBag Theatre group paid a visit to the St. Regis Mohawk School last week bringing with them productions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Robin Hood. The theatre troupe does improvisation using members from the audience to play the various characters. This wasn't the first time they appeared in the area and the kids left a lasting impression on them, said DuffleBag Theatre cast member Marcus Lundgren....

  • Running vs. Child Obesity 2

    Jan 18, 2018

    Shekon, Our children are our future! Sadly, one of the greatest threats to their future is child obesity. As you know, I completed the 2017 Quebec City Marathon (26.2 miles) and raised $3,800 to combat child obesity in Akwesasne. Next I will be running in the 2018 Ottawa Marathon on May 27 to raise funds to continue the battle versus child obesity in our community. 100% of the funds that I raise will go to Akwesasne’s Iakwa’shatste Youth Fitness, a wonderful non-profit organization whose main purpose is to provide expert fitness, nutrition and...

  • Winter Horse, Dog & Goat 4-H Symposium

    Jan 18, 2018

    Submitted by Pat Banker, CCE Franklin What do 4H members do when the weather outside makes horseback riding activities, dog training and goat gatherings a real challenge? They get together for the annual Winter Horse, Dog, & Goat Symposium to explore animal science topics taught by area veterinarians, professionals, and highly skilled volunteers. It’s also a great time to catch up with 4H family and friends and to plan spring through fall hands-on activities. This year’s line-up of presentations include: Lyme Disease in Equines, How does Vit...

  • Do You Know Your Risk for Congestive Heart Failure?

    Jan 18, 2018

    MASSENA, NY – The average adult’s human heart beats between 60 to 100 times per minute as it pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood throughout the body. Massena Memorial Hospital’s Board Certified Cardiologist and Heart Failure Specialist Aderonke Adeniyi, MD, FACC is presenting a free community seminar entitled, “Understanding Congestive Heart Failure and Knowing Your Risks.” The program will be held at the hospital’s board room, Main Level, at 6 pm on Tuesday, Jan. 30. Dr. Adeniyi will present a program explaining the risk factors for heart d...

  • Clarkson University to Host Third Annual Cold Out Gold Out Winter Celebration Jan. 26 & 27

    Jan 18, 2018

    With the classic traditions of Ice Carnivals of the past, and the modern touches of fireworks and an ice bar, Clarkson University's Cold Out Gold Out winter celebration is back for the third year in a row. The North Country is invited to join students and alumni for a weekend of hockey, outdoor ice skating, hot chocolate, dog sled rides and more on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 26 and 27. The #3 ranked Clarkson men's hockey team will play two games that weekend, against Yale and Brown University....

  • Will the Extreme Winter Cold Wipe Out Ticks?

    Jan 18, 2018

    Submitted by Richard Gast I’ve been asked on four different occasions, recently, how tick populations will be impacted by the December/January below-zero cold. Some of those asking had heard reports, apparently claiming that tick populations would be decimated, if not eradicated, by the prolonged period of extremely cold weather. We’d all certainly welcome that. It’s probable that you or someone you know has been affected by ticks and/or by Lyme disease. And any downward pressure on tick populations is welcome. But, the answer isn’t that si...

  • AKWESASNE MEDICAL CLINIC SCHEDULE 613-575-2341 ext. 3215

    Jan 18, 2018

    Fri. Jan. 19th Dr. Horn 9:00-11:30-by appt. Dr. Saylor 9:00-11:30-minor emergency walk-in 2:00-4:00-by appt. Mon. Jan. 22nd Dr. Horn 9:00-11:30-minor emergency walk-in Tues. Jan. 23rd No Doctor Wed. Jan. 24th Dr. Horn @ Iakhihsohtha Well Women’s Clinic 9:15-2:30-by appt. Dr. Letourneau 8:30-11:30-by appt. 1:00-3:00-by appt. Thurs. Jan. 25th Dr. Horn @ Iakhihsohtha 9:00-11:30-by appt. 1:30-2:30-by appt. Please note: Dr. Forson’s walk-in clinic has a 15 patient limit; Dr. Horn’s walk-in clinic has a 20 patient limit and Dr. Saylor’s walk-in...

  • KAWEHNOKE MEDICAL CLINIC SCHEDULE 613-932-5808

    Jan 18, 2018

    Fri. Jan. 19th Janet Brant, NP 8:30-11:30-by appt. 1:00-3:30-same day appt. Mon. Jan. 22nd Janet Brant, NP 8:30-11:30-same day appt. 1:00-3:30-by appt. Lannie Mitchell, NP 8:30-4:00-by appt. Tues. Jan. 23rd Lannie Mitchell, NP 8:00-3:00-by appt. Dr. Horn @ Tsiionkwanonhso:te 9:00-11:30-walk-in Wed. Jan. 24th Janet Brant, NP 8:30-11:30-same day appt. 1:00-3:30-by appt. Lannie Mitchell, NP 10:30-3:00-by appt. 4:00-6:30-same day appt. Thurs. Jan. 25th Janet Brant, NP 8:00-3:30-by appt. Lannie Mitchell, NP 8:30-3:00-follow-up appt. Please note:...

  • Kana:takon School Will Send 16 Science Projects to United Counties Science Fair

    Jan 18, 2018

    Submitted by Elaine Thompson The Kana:takon School held a Science on the Wall and Science Fair project competition on Thursday, December 14, 2017 which involved students from Grade 2 to Grade 6. We had a total of 6 volunteers to be judges and we would like to thank them for donating their time. We would like to thank Scott Peters, Helen Edwards, Russell True, Wes Libbey, Cathy Lalonde and April Thomas Cook. A total of 16 winners will be sending their projects to the United Counties Science...

  • Tuscarora Taken In Belt

    Jan 18, 2018

    Reprinted from Wampum Belts of the Iroquois by Tehanetorens This belt has been called the Six Nations Brace Belt and records when the Tuscarora Nation was taken into the Iroquois Confederacy. Each diagonal band represents a state or nation of the Confederacy, a brace or supporting beam of The Long House, by which the Iroquois often called their league. The braces represent an alliance for purposes of peace. This belt commemorates the admission of the Tuscaroras to take shelter under The Tree of...

  • Taking Care of People with the Flu

    Jan 18, 2018

    If you are caring for a loved one with the flu, it’s important to take steps to protect yourself and others. The main way that flu viruses spread is from person-to-person in droplets of coughs and sneezes. Flu viruses may also be spread when a person touches droplets on another person or an object and then touches their own mouth or nose (or someone else’s mouth or nose) before washing their hands. To prevent spread it is important to remember hand washing and to cover your cough or sneeze. Supplies to Keep on Hand • Thermometer • Soap • Dispo...

  • Transition Cornwall+ presents…

    Jan 18, 2018

    5th Annual Sunday Winter Film Series At the Cornwall Public Library Free admission. “Gracie’s Backyard” Sun. Jan. 21 – 1:30-3:30pm “The Clean Bin Project” Sun. Feb. 11 - 1:30-3:30pm Light refreshments will be served. Visit www.transitioncornwall.ca for more information....

  • Mohawk Lesson

    Jan 18, 2018

    Mohawk Lesson...

  • Constitution Pipeline and Offshore Drilling Make Headline News

    Jan 18, 2018

    The Constitution Pipeline project is on hold after its petition was denied Thursday, January11, 2018 by the Federal Energy Regulation Commission (FERC). After being denied permits by New York State last year, the Constitution Pipeline had attempted to have the decision overturned on a federal level. The Constitution Pipeline has been in the works since 2013. It would run from Susquehanna County, Pennsylvania and through Broome, Chenango, Delaware, and Schoharie counties in New York. But FERC ruled against the project late Thursday. Last April,...

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