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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...

 

NAME CALLING

Submitted by Paul Hetzler If you’re looking for signs of wildlife this winter, forget about paw prints. One of our native mammals faithfully plows its “roads” after each snowfall, and you can...

 

WOODEN YOU KNOW

Submitted by Paul Hetzler As a card-carrying, registered tree hugger, I have long touted the benefits of trees such as carbon storage, energy savings and improved mental health. And beyond the...

 

Mohawk-Iroquois Leaders in History

©by Doug George-Kanentiio Over the course of our history, we have had many leaders during peace and war. Most of us know of Captain Joseph Brant, Cornplanter, Hendricks, Red Jacket, Handsome Lake,...

 

REINING-IN THE ARCTIC HEAT

Submitted by Paul Hetzler Reindeer have been soaring since long before Christmas came into being. For some reason, the fly agaric mushroom (Amanita muscaria), a lovely red-and-white polka-dotted...

 

PINING FOR THE GOOD OLD DAYS

Submitted by Paul Hetzler The morning of December 25 this year will be a lot less cheery unless the World Health Organization gives Santa a free pass on COVID-19 restrictions so he can hand out...

 

TREES, KNEES, AND OTHER DEEP-FREEZE CREAKS

Submitted by Paul Hetzler When temperatures dip well below zero Fahrenheit, especially if they fall precipitously, things go bump in the night. Frozen lakes and ponds emit ominous groans, snaps and...

 

MISCREANTS OR MESSENGERS?

Submitted by Paul Hetzler If you get bad news about one of your trees, kindly don’t shoot the messenger. Even if – especially if – they vandalize that very tree. It could save your life to heed...

 

Humble Notions

Areas of concern, Attention & awareness of the matters at hand brought to our knowing constantly. Thru various medias of consumption and addiction. Thot altering... ear worms of our hearing, sight &...

 

Grace & Gratitude

Rusty willows whisp thru early breezes As they greet the golden glow of the morning sun Blanketed by peachy-pink and pale-yellow skies Beneath illuminated rainbows Thy heart radiates gratitude Warmth...

 

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THE GIVING TREE

Submitted by Paul Hetzler For thousands of years, the American elm (Ulmus americana) was the go-to tree for building supplies and home furnishings, kind of a Home Depot of the forest. For the Haudenos...

 

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