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My Gratitude to the People from a Residential School Survivor

By Doug George-Kanentiio. I was pleased to see the displays of support for the missing Native children across Canada, the victims of the residential school era. Now that 215 of these children have...

 

Pitch Mass Borers

Paul Hetzler In my line of work the list of boring topics is endless. There’s the emerald ash borer, lethal but oh-so aesthetically pleasing with its metallic-flake green paint job and subtle copper...

 

Heart Speak Shine

Heart speak shine, my dear children... How I love you both so dearly whole heartedly Be as you be my honey darlings To be always happy & healthy & oh so tenderly loved, respected and unconditionally w...

 

Stamp Out Neatness, Save the Planet

Paul Hetzler The old saying “The road to hell is paved with good intentions” has been a great comfort to me over the years, since I figure that means the road to heaven is paved with bad...

 

Why I Challenge the St. Regis Tribe and the MCA

By Doug George-Kanentiio On May 28 the New York Times reported the possible location of the graves of 215 Native children at the former Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. The...

 

Sovereign Children

Sovereign Children In the deep glory of spring... May we plant good medicine  For the bees, bugs and butterflies As well as all our Relations of the day & night And our dear Sovereign Children  May...

 

Palestinians are Natives

By Doug George-Kanentiio. Under the provisions of the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), of which Israel is a signatory, the Palestinian people are native and...

 

Natives Have the Highest Rate of Death by Cops

By Doug George-Kanentiio I, along with millions of others, watched the trial of Derek Chauvin, 45, charged in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the killing of George Floyd, 46, on May 25, 2020 before numerou...

 

Construction Damage: The Root of the Problem

By Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist If April showers bring May flowers, then May flowers bring backhoes. Sure, it doesn’t rhyme, but as posies push up, construction crews and equipment also...

 

Nettles: Not Just for Breakfast Any More

By Paul Hetzler One of my favorite plants is either highly versatile, or confused. On one hand, professional herbivores like deer refuse to touch it, but many people, myself included, gladly eat it...

 

Kheien' okon:'a

My dear children My daughters Kheien’ okon:’a Life’s impregnated Ready to birth into bloom Mothers always all around you No matter the thot of distance It’s all illusion So envision beauty......

 

When Trees Go over the Hill

Paul Hetzler Senescence is the decline in vigor that happens to all creatures great and diminutive as they approach their species’ life-expectancy limit. Individual genetics matter, too, as does...

 

Natural Law versus the Tribe and MCA

By Doug George-Kanentiio Akwesasronon are aware of the strict limitations as to the powers and authority of the St. Regis Tribal Council and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. As entities created by...

 

What is a Nation?

By Doug George-Kanentiio. Exactly what is a nation? According to international law a nation is a group of people with a common culture, history, language and identity who inhabit a defined land area...

 

US Rep. Debra Haaland, a Pathfinder for all Natives

By Doug George-Kanentiio One of the great privileges in being married to Joanne Shenandoah is the opportunity to travel across the world and throughout North America to assist in her performances and...

 

Maple Sap Runs on Gas

Paul Hetzler, ISA Certified Arborist Some foods give you gas, but March is the time of year when gas gives you a delicious food. Maple syrup, which is nutritious enough to be listed by the US...

 

Akwesasne Must Have More Land

By Doug George-Kanentiio In Germany they called the push for more territory “lebensraum” or “living space”, a drive to expand that nation as a natural consequence. It was first used by Oscar P...

 

SNOW JOBS

Submitted by Paul Hetzler Where agriculture is concerned, dairy is king (or is dairy queen?) in northern NY State. Looking out the window now in late February, though, it looks like we should be...

 

One Mother

My heart is heavy... yet incredibly hopeful I listen to my children’s voices in full expression Each and every day beauty and majesty of being alive With my loved ones My dear family, my relations...

 

OH, RATS!

Submitted by Paul Hetzler It must be hard to foster a decent public image if your family was responsible for spreading the plagues across Europe, Asia and North Africa that killed between 75 and 200 m...

 

BOUNCEBACK - RECLAIM YOUR HEALTH

Submitted by Angele D'Alessio, Mental Health Promoter Feeling low? Stressed? Anxious? The BounceBack program can help! Find out how below....

 

GROUNDHOGS, AGAIN

Submitted by Paul Hetzler I watched the 1993 film “Groundhog Day” featuring Bill Murray quite a few times. Or at least it felt that way. Just as February 2 was on a nonstop loop in the movie, Grou...

 

BEINGS IN BETWEEN

False freedoms Noble slaves Hypocrisies Lobbies Fabled democracy If them, then not the other Look one way, turn thy shoulder Can’t rely on Big Brother nor pointing fingers Yet we’re led by masked...

 

Indigenous Musicians Merit Centre Stage: We Will Not Remain Silent

By Doug George-Kanentiio Rumble: Indians Who Rocked the World premiered on PBS two years ago, on January 19/2019. This remarkable, and long overdue show featured Indigenous musicians who have had...

 

Why Do We Need Chiefs?

By Doug George-Kanentiio It is well established, and universally acknowledged, that the Rotinonshonni (Haudenosaunee Six Nations Iroquois) created a unique system of governance based upon natural law...

 

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