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Shekon Akwekon, In watching the uncertainty with the progressing sickness which has plagued the planet, it is hard not to panic, but it is crucial to stay calm. Think. Improvise. Be creative. With...

 

How the Mohawks Responded to Historical Plagues

By Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk When I was growing up on Akwesasne Mohawk Territory there were social habits which reflected an historical response to the devastating communicable diseases...

 

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Planning Your First Vegetable Garden

Submitted by Rich Gast, Cornell Cooperative Extension Franklin County Growing your own vegetables, at least some of them, is a great way to provide...

 

Rethinking the Norway Maple

Submitted by Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist When Norway broke from Sweden in 1905, the newly independent country promised to stay neutral in all international conflicts. However, it has let...

 

GROWING CONCERN BY AKWESASNE AS PROTESTS CONTINUE IN SUPPORT OF THE WET'SUWET'EN

By Joyce King It was a simple inquiry by my 15-year-old granddaughter: why are Mohawk people being arrested at the protest areas? To give a little background, the issue at hand is a $6.6 billion, 670...

 

The Myth of Band Council as First Nations

By Doug George-Kanentiio In Canadian lore, the raconteurs of old spoke of La Chasse Galerie (the flying canoe) and among the Mohawk the Raksothas (grandpas), told scary stories about the Flying Heads...

 

Not Plagued by Locusts

Submitted by Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist Sometimes I wonder if the Biblical plagues of ancient Egypt have lingered in one form or another. Blooms of toxic algae, which occasionally turn...

 

We Are Instructed to Love Our Great-Great Grandchildren

By Doug George-Kanentiio One of the fundamental teachings of Skennenrahowi was that we have a duty to ensure our descendants unto the seventh generation have the things they need to live in peace and...

 

Trees by the Tub-full

Submitted by Paul Hetzler Now that the “most wonderful time of the year” is behind us, we are faced with paying for all our holiday purchases, something which typically adds to our stress load. A...

 

Winter Buds Are Your Friends

Submitted by Paul Hetzler Every year I teach several winter-tree identification classes. Even though they are always held outdoors no matter how cold it is, student evaluations indicate such classes...

 

PICEI 2020 Update to the Community

Submitted by Florence Patterson PICEI was among the first to introduce a free Summer Outdoor Program from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm to this community. This program covered many areas of interest. There...

 

Australian Fires Underscores the Need to Act Native

By Doug George-Kanentiio Akwesasne Mohawk In 2016 I wrote a column about the situation at Standing Rock and the ecological harm coming about through the use of fossil fuels. I cited an Iroquois prophe...

 

Painting Our Way Out of a Corner

Submitted by Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist Each time I present on invasive pests, I begin with a slide of Chicken Little, a character who fomented mass hysteria by convincing the other animals...

 

Hibernation

Submitted by Paul Hetzler Offhand I can’t think of a lot to say in defense of envy, greed, and gluttony, but sloth is different. Some creatures’ lives depend on sleeping for half the year, a fact...

 

In American Music Where are the Natives?

By Doug George-Kanentiio (November 11, 2019) The music of America was rightfully indigenous for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the immigrants from the east. Not only drums and flutes but...

 

Nothing for us without us

By Doug George-Kanentiio Two weeks ago the students in the Akwesasne and Cornwall school acknowledged one of the most bitter episodes in Canada’s history by wearing orange to draw attention to the...

 

Akwesasne Residential School Proposals/Work Plan Nothing for us without us

Summarizing of Residential School Experience The Akwesasne children taken from their homes and placed in residential schools endured abuse on many levels. None of those who experienced time in these...

 

SAINT KATERI TEKAKWITHA

By Rosemary Bonaparte This past week I went to Quebec with the Tri-District Elders. Our first visit was with the Wendake First Nation Reserve, Hurons. Our tour was to the longhouse, the waterfall and...

 

The Roots of Rez Life

By Doug George-Kanentiio The Laws of Burgos were enacted by Spain on December 27/1512 in response to the massive slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Native people in the Caribbean by the Spanish...

 

This is Long-Term Care

Submitted by Teresa Doxtdator-David w. excerpts from ‘Ontario Long Term Care Association, (2019) This is Long-Term Care 2019. Toronto, Ontario: Ontario Long Term care Association’ As more...

 

The Kanienkeha Name of Akwesasne in the Early Historical Record

By Darren Bonaparte, Director of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office [Presented at the SRMT Monthly Meeting on August 10, 2019] There are historical documents that...

 

AMPS Trains With AMA

Submitted by Randy Montour Police Officers from the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service train with EMTs from Akwesasne Mohawk Ambulance on stretcher and...

 

Hoping to Be HAB-Not

Submitted by Paul Hetzler, Horticulture and Natural Resources Educator, Cornell Cooperative Extension of St. Lawrence County Not only does it form the basis of the aquatic food web, algae can put a...

 

Ray Cook: Mohawk Patriot

By Doug George-Kanentiio I have been asked about my thoughts regarding the passing of Ray Cook, a man I had known for over 40 years. He was one of the most passionate of writers, a believer in the...

 

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