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Social Services Division Arranges Annual Angel Tree

SRMT

AKWESASNE – On Tsiothóhra/December 5th, (from left) Krystal Phillips and Breanne Herne of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Social Services Division placed an Angel Tree in the Community Building Lobby. It is an annual initiative that collects gifts and shares much-needed Christmas cheer with children in one of the division’s programs-- Preventive, Foster Care, Child Protective Services, Intensive Preventive Program, Akwesasne Group Home, or the Three Sisters Program. They are asking for the community’s help to bring joy to children during the upcoming holiday season.

MEET THE TRIBE: Tribal Chief Beverly Cook

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

(Years of Service: 32 years and 10 months)

(The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is proud to highlight Beverly Cook as this month’s employee for the series, “Meet the Tribe.” It is our pleasure to share these tribal employee profiles and all the exceptional work they are doing on behalf of the Akwesasne community.)

Beverly Cook began her time at the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe working at the Medical Clinic in Enníska/February 1982 — starting as a registered nurse before going to school and continuing as a nurse practitioner. Since July 2013 she has served as a member of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council.

Tribal Council Continues Donating Jackets to Akwesasne Youth

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

COMMUNITY SUPPORT – The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council continued with its annual donation of winter jackets and snow pants to Akwesasne youth. On Tsiothohrha/December 2, 2016 they provided 101 jackets to students at the Tribe’s Early Childhood Development Program (ECDP). Now in its sixth year, the donation was made available from the Tribal General Fund’s Community Support. Tribal Chiefs Ron LaFrance and Eric Thompson; along with Tribal Sub-Chiefs Michael Conners, Cheryl Jacobs and Shelley Jacobs; personally delivered jackets to students in ECDP’s Classroom #1 that included Conner, Arya, Eugene, Camden, Kala, Ayden, Kingsley, Koda, Salara, Sheldon, Andi, Cooper, Journey, Kalea, Jayden and Jeremy.

Room Occupancy Fee Amendment Supports Akwesasne Tourism

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council announced they have adopted Tribal Council Resolution #2016-88 during its weekly work session held on Wednesday, Kentenhkó:wa/November 30, 2016 that amends the Tribe’s Room Occupancy Fee Ordinance. The resolution expands the two previous designated usage areas of the Room Occupancy Fee to now support the ongoing diversification of Akwesasne’s economy through the Creating Akwesasne Tourism Industry Businesses and Jobs Initiative.

Tribal Council Congratulates New-Seneca Nation President Todd Gates

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE – The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is continuing to strengthen its friendship with the Seneca Nation of Indians. On Kentenhkó:wa/November 8, 2016 Tribal Sub-Chief Michael Conners attended the Seneca Nation’s official Canvass Day Swearing-In Ceremony to welcome incoming-President Todd Gates, as well as to express appreciation to Maurice “Mo” John for his role in strengthening our relationship. Seneca Nation Legal Counsel and SRMT Appeals Court Judge Michele Mitchell joined Sub-Chief Conners in presenting President Gates with a Pendleton Blanket and Maurice John with a water drum made by Akwesasne artist Steven King. Seneca Nation elected officials attended the SRMT Swearing-In Ceremony on Ohiarihkó:wa/July 1, 2015; with the November 2016 Canvass Day being an opportunity to return the favor; as well as to share areas of cooperation.

Trump advisors aim to privatize oil-rich Indian reservations

Valerie Volcovici | WASHINGTON

Native American reservations cover just 2 percent of the United States, but they may contain about a fifth of the nation’s oil and gas, along with vast coal reserves.

Now, a group of advisors to President-elect Donald Trump on Native American issues wants to free those resources from what they call a suffocating federal bureaucracy that holds title to 56 million acres of tribal lands, two chairmen of the coalition told Reuters in exclusive interviews.

9-Foot-Tall Statue of American Indian Leonard Peltier to be Installed at American University Museum Raises Awareness and Engagement Around Peltier’s Plight

Levi Rickert - Native News Online

WASHINGTON — As part of a major clemency push by supporters in the final days of President Barack Obama’s presidency, a nine-foot-tall statue of American Indian Leonard Peltier will be installed at American University Museum to raise awareness for Peltier’s plight and the pardon request. Peltier, convicted and sentenced in 1977 in the shooting of two Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, has maintained his innocence in the 41 years he’s been imprisoned, and his conviction has been contested by leading human rights organizations in the United States and beyond.

 

 

Breaking News Capital Case

Levi Rickert - Native News Online

Cannon Ball – US Army Corps will deny approval of easement of the Dakota Access Pipeline according to tribal officials at the camp.

The following statement was released by Standing Rock Sioux Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault II:

“The Corps will be undertaking an environmental impact statement to look at possible alternative routes. We wholeheartedly support the decision of the administration and commend with the utmost gratitude the courage it took on the part of President Obama, the Army Corps, the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior to take steps to correct the course of history and to do the right thing.

Psychologist says northern Sask. suicides a result of colonization, not mental illness

CBC News

An expert who has worked in First Nations communities for years says a string of suicides in northern Saskatchewan won't be solved by outside professionals.

Dr. Darien Thira is a psychologist and the keynote speaker at this week's Community Medicine gathering in Prince Albert, Sask. The event is bringing together around 200 teachers, health workers and young people to talk about the youth suicide issue.

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