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Articles from the November 29, 2018 edition

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  • Massena's Native Students Share their Culture with Classmates, Staff

    Andy Gardner|Nov 29, 2018

    By Andy Gardner Native American students spent a day sharing their culture at Massena High School's Native American Day on Monday, Nov. 19. Led by the school's Mohawk Club and advisor Robin Logan, the day opened with a recitation and translation of the Ohenton Karihwatehkwen. The Mohawk Club president is Mallory Sunday, vice president is Jake Thompson, secretary is Alexis Terrance and treasurer is Keely Thompson-Cook. Eddie Gray from Traditional Medicine gave a brief English translation, and...

  • SRCS Celebrates Native American Day

    Derrick Lafrance|Nov 29, 2018

    By Derrick Lafrance The annual event in which our neighbors learn about some aspects of our culture was held Tuesday, November 20, 2018 at Salmon River Middle and High School. In addition to sharing our traditional song and dance, the students got to meet and greet several world class lacrosse players. The Thompson Brothers stopped in for a presentation and shared with the students some life lessons. Jeremy, Lyle, Haina and Jerome Junior are the talk of the lacrosse world and play for different...

  • SRMT Joins Lawsuit Against Monsanto Corporation

    Nov 29, 2018

    (November 26, 2018) AKWESASNE – The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe joined a legal complaint against the Monsanto Corporation and its corporate successors that alleges exposures suffered by the Tribe and individual tribal members to polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) have increased their risk of cancer and other diseases. Filed in Missouri Circuit Court, the complaint in its earlier form asserted claims on behalf of two tribal members. It now asserts claims on behalf of five individuals and the Tribe. “The Akwesasne Mohawks suffer from high levels of...

  • Akwesasne Celebrates International Children's Day

    Nov 29, 2018

    By: Jaclyn Hall The A'nowara'ko:wa Arena was host to the International Children's Day event in Akwesasne on November 20th. The event began at 3 pm, with busing provided for students at the Ahkwesahsne Mohawk School and any students residing on Kawehno:ke. Many children got to enjoy themselves at a free Rock N Skate, with free skates provided for everyone. There were also plenty of door prizes to be won - just about every child walked away with a new toy. The big door prize was a Nintendo...

  • The Fourth National Climate Assessment

    Nov 29, 2018

    The Fourth National Climate Assessment was released last Friday 11/23/18 and it outlines the potential impacts of climate change across Turtle Island. The report notes that the effects of climate change are already being felt in communities across the country, including more frequent and intense extreme weather and climate-related events. The report says that projections of future catastrophe could change if society works to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and “to adapt to the changes that will occur”. If the world fails to act, the res...


    Nov 29, 2018

    MALONE – Mr. Cameron M. Jacobs, 54, of Elm Street ICF, passed away Wednesday afternoon, November 21, 2018 at his home under the loving care of the ICF and Hospice of the North Country. Cameron was born March 5, 1964 in Cornwall, the son of the late James M. and Elma June "Elmie" (Angell) Jacobs. He has worked for North Star Industries throughout his life, most recently working at the Day Hab facilities. He enjoyed singing opera music, cleaning, watching movies, and was a huge Elvis fan. He w... Full story

  • MAXINE A. COLE "Kaia'tahente"

    Nov 29, 2018

    AKWESASNE – Maxine A. Cole "Kaia'tahente", 65, of 1449 Island Road, Kawehonke, unexpectedly went back to the Spirit World on Wednesday, November 21, 2018 at her home. Maxine was born September 7, 1953 in Massena, the daughter of the late Thomas and May (Benedict) Cole. She attended Salmon River Schools and graduated from Massena High School. She continued her education at SUNY Potsdam, where she achieved her Bachelor of Arts Degree and later earned her Master of Science Degree in Epidemiology f... Full story

  • Niawen

    Nov 29, 2018

    We would like to offer our sincere appreciation to my special nieces and nephews of the Rourke family who so unselfishly provided the family’s residence for my brother Nelson Sawatis’ funeral arrangements last month. The hospitality and cooking during the continuing prayers throughout the nine days following his death brought comfort to me in my absence. The Rourke family has never failed to amaze me and coming together for Nelson’s children during this difficult time was appreciated by my family. I am also so grateful to them and so proud...

  • Annual Cash Raffle to Benefit HAVFD

    Nov 29, 2018

    $10 a ticket ***Main Draw*** December 15, 2018 1st-$5,000 2nd-$2,500 3rd-$1,500 4th-10th-$1,000 Get your tickets from Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department members. Nia:wen kowa for your continued support!...

  • New Programs Centered Around Sustainable Farming and Gardening

    Mahlon Smoke|Nov 29, 2018

    By Mahlon Smoke ENVIRONMENTAL DIVISION – Two years ago, the Environmental Division was given a budget by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to start an agriculture program. Within those two years, various programs were created with goals to help Akwesasronon become much more self-sustainable. This started with a student chicken summer program, which allowed students to learn how to raise chickens, pick and sell eggs, and were even able to raise chicken coops with the help from the SRMT Environment employees. This led to the creation of Mother E...

  • Roia'tatokénhti Ré:sis Kanien'kehá:ka Onkwehón:we Wahonkià:taren Wahonwatihiatónhseron ne Monsanto Raotikiohkwa

    Nov 29, 2018

    (Kentenhkó:wa 26, 2018) AHKWESÁHSHNE– Roia’tatokénhti Ré:sis Kanien’kehá:ka Onkwehón:we wahonkià:taren kaianerenhserà:ke wa’thatirihotáhrhoke ne Monsanto Corporation (Raotikióhkwa tánon ne eh tehshotitá:’on waharì:wenhte thonakia’tónkien wahatironhiá:ken ne Onkwehón:we tánon tsionkwe’ta’tshon onkwehón:we raononkwe’ta’shón:’a ne kahnhatarí:nes polychlorinated biphenyls (“PCBs”) konwana’tónhkhwa, ontehià:ron ne ahotihnhraién:ta’ne ne takwa’áhson tánon thikáhnhrate. Tkahiatonhserá:ien n...

  • 2018 Akwesasne Holiday Craft Fair

    Nov 29, 2018

    By: Jaclyn Hall On November 25th, the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort was host to the Annual Holiday Craft Fair. The Craft Fair was held from 10 am to 5 pm, with plenty of local artists and entrepreneurs setting up shop for the day. Many people took advantage of the Craft Fair and checked some names off their Christmas list. Vendors such as the Native North American Travelling College, Victoria Ransom, Wilma Cook-Zumpano, Vaughn Phillips and CRJ Designs had a variety of crafts and gifts for...

  • Venezuelan Cultural Dinner Fundraiser

    Nov 29, 2018

    The Rotary Club of Cornwall Sunrise is hosting a Venezuelan Cultural dinner at CCVS (Cornwall Collegiate & Vocational School) on Saturday, December 1 at 6:00pm. This fundraiser will assist with the education costs of a Venezuelan student who has been displaced from her country. Tickets: adults $20, students (w student card) $15 and children $10. Available at 613-931-2929, [email protected] or online at https://rotaryfundraisers.com/index.php/component/vikevents/?view=event&itid=2&Itemid=101...

  • MCA Announces Retirement of Longtime Comptroller Denise Collins

    Nov 29, 2018

    The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is announcing the retirement of its longtime Finance Comptroller Denise Collins after more than 30 years of service to MCA and the Akwesasne community. "We will continue to be thankful to Denise for her years of service and her dedication as an MCA employee," said Executive Director Jordan Wapass. "MCA has benefitted immensely from Denise's contributions to the financial processes we use daily and the overall management of the budget. Her work will be appreciated...

  • "Batman" Talks about Bats in Your Backyard

    Nov 29, 2018

    Bats are not often considered a traditional holiday present but if you have them in your backyard, they are a gift nonetheless, so says the River Institute’s Dr. Brian Hickey. “Bat populations are one of the best natural indicators of the health of our environment”, says Dr. Hickey, aka “Batman”. He should know as he has been studying the health of bat populations for decades. On Wednesday, December 5th at 7 p.m. Schnitzel’s will play host to the River Institute’s Science and Nature on Tap with one of our own local scientists at the podium, D...

  • Red Cross: Urgent Need For Blood Donations Now

    Nov 29, 2018

    (November 26, 2018) — The American Red Cross has an urgent need for blood donors to give now to ensure blood is available for medical treatments and emergencies during the holiday season. Blood donations often decline during the holidays. Regular donors are busy with holiday activities, and travel and severe winter weather may cause blood drive cancellations. Yet donations remain critical for patients like 4-year-old Wyatt Monacelli who is in the midst of intense chemotherapy treatments for leukemia. He has received a number of transfusions s...

  • 6th Annual Winter Wonderland Craft & Vendor Show

    Nov 29, 2018

    To benefit The Emmaus Soup Kitchen of Malone December 8, 2018 9:00am to 3:00pm Davis Elementary School 183 Webster Street Malone * HUGE Chinese Auction * 50/50 raffle * Delicious lunch * Bake sale * Face painting by Yvonne * 100+ crafters, artisans & direct sale vendors All proceeds go to The Emmaus Soup Kitchen for their Tuesday lunch. They receive no local, state or federal funding, therefore, they rely solely on fundraising and donations! For more info or to make a donation contact Aimee Marshall at 518-521-7276 or soupki...

  • Reader Comic

    Nov 29, 2018

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  • How the Rabbit's Lip Was Split

    Nov 29, 2018

    Continued from last week “But I want it,” insisted Rabbit. “Well, that being the case, you can have one of my treasure bags,” answered Fox. “I’d rather not part with it, though.” “I’ll take it,” said Rabbit. “I guess I know a thing or two.” “Rabbit Cousin,” said Fox, “you’d better look out.” “I am as wise as you, Cousin Fox,” retorted Rabbit, striking the flint on a rock and getting sparks, knocking it and getting a knife, then chipping it and getting an arrowhead. “Look out!” exclaimed Fox. “I haven’t sung all my song yet.” “Keep your anc...

  • Dundee Land Clam 2

    Nov 29, 2018

    1. Ne kióhton iawén:re tenwen’niáwe tánon sha’té:kon niwáhsen énska niiohserahsé:ta’as - In 1981 2. Wahatihiatonhserísa - They filed 3. Iahatirì:waien - A claim 4. Aonsahatiié:na - They ought to return 5. Tsi karistí:sere - Dundee 6. Ne kióhton iawén:re tenwen’niáwe tánon sha’té:kon niwáhsen sha’té:kon niiohserahsé:ta’as - In 1988 7. Shikahá:wi - At that time 8. Né:’k ne ahsén:nen wahatirihwanòn:we’ne - It is partially accepted 9. Ne kióhton iawén:re tenwen’niáwe tánon kióhton niwáhsen wísk ni...

  • Organic? Grass fed? Cage free? What Does It All Mean?

    Nov 29, 2018

    Submitted by Jessica Prosper, Community Ag Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County In general, there is a lot of confusion about the terminology used when describing food. With everyone vying for your dollar and trying to find their market niche, it is no wonder that consumers find themselves confused about what it all means. It also doesn’t help that while some words or terms have very defined meanings, others are left open to interpretation. The following is a brief overview of what some commonly used words and terms mean. As...

  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Open House Welcomes Community Members

    Mahlon Smoke|Nov 29, 2018

    By Mahlon Smoke November 27, 2018, was the first of three Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Open Houses and it was held inside the Kana:takon School gym. Every table was covered with information from each department and program and what services they can offer to the community. At the beginning of the Open House, each guest was given a Passport listing every department that was there. For every table a community member stopped and learned about their services, they got their passport stamped. After...

  • Mohawk Council of Akwesasne Open House Welcomes Community Members - Part 2

    Nov 29, 2018

    Here are additional pictures....

  • Celebrate United Nations Human Rights Day

    Nov 29, 2018

    Monday, December 10, 2018 Knox – St. Paul’s United Church 800 Twelfth Street East, Cornwall 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. This year the focus is on people who feel invisible to others. Everyone has the right to be seen, heard and to live with dignity and respect. The three speakers this year assist people who struggle with the feeling of being invisible such as: people of colour, different cultures including indigenous people, those living with disabilities, those living in poverty, refugees and immigrants, seniors, LGBTQ and children. Jane McL...

  • 4th Annual Friendsgiving Dinner

    Jaclyn Hall|Nov 29, 2018

    By: Jaclyn Hall It only takes one person to make a different in someone's life, but two people can make a difference in a community. That is exactly what two men from Akwesasne chose to do, by doing what they do best. Everett Lazore and Jonathan Lazore, both known for their amazing cooking skills, teamed up to bring Akwesasne Friendsgiving. On November 22nd, from 11:30 through 3:00, community members were invited to come out and enjoy a hot meal. A lot of families were celebrating American...

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