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ARTHUR B. MONTOUR "Sugar" Akwiraienton, Wolf Clan

 

AKWESASNE – Arthur B. "Akwiraienton" Montour, who was known to many as "Sugar", unexpectedly journeyed to the Spirit World within the early morning hours of February 26, 2018 while traveling in Baltimore, Maryland. He was 45 years old.

Sugar was known for his larger than life personality. His loud voice and even louder laugh made his presence known. He loved to travel and experience new places and his life was one great adventure. He was a Sundancer and served four years as honorary Sundance Chief at Tayac Territory.

Sugar will be remembered for his dynamic personality and caring nature. He was a comedian and a storyteller and he drew everyone in with his antics. Sugar had a nurturing way of being generous while seeing all sides of any situation. He always saw people for who they were. He reciprocated with being open, honest, and his truest self. He had a firm hand but kind heart.

Sugar was a brilliant entrepreneur and had many leadership roles throughout his life. He was a consultant for the Mohawk Anti-Tax Steering Committee and served four years as a Tribal Councilor for the Seneca Nation of Indians. He helped negotiate the building of the Seneca Niagara Casino. He was a philanthropist with a commitment to helping others.

Akwiraienton is survived by his loving companion Bruna Santos; his children Kawennahere (Erin); Rawisaketskwas (Morgan), Iewenhniserakon, Iehsas (Terri); Evelyn (Rosie); Tionkethota and Asokwatakon (Tara); Ietsiketokwan-Mel, Atharoserine-Amor (Bruna); chosen children Calandra, Ronatines, Briella, Rena & Tylenie; and one granddaughter, Karahkwashatste.

Akwiraienton is also survived by his mother Verna (Cooper) Montour and his siblings Wendy, Kathy (Shawn), Barry (Barbara), Lynn, Stacy, Mary, Mike (Wendy), Tekahonrake (Marisa), Teyonienkwataseh (Ray Lynn), Thanaokate (Amber), and Iohahiio (Sakonohontsiawi), and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

He was predeceased by his father Kakwirakeron, his brother Steve Cooper, and three nephews.

Public viewing for Akwiraienton was held at his mother's home on Friday, March 2, 2018. The Funeral Ceremony was officiated by Loran Thompson on Sunday, March 4, 2018 followed by on site burial in the Montour Family Cemetery. A traditional meal followed.

 

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