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The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne’s Community Health Program is advising the community that Lazore’s Beach in Tsi Snaihne (Snye) is closed to swimming due to high bacteria levels.

Employees regularly test the water quality at designated public beaches and recent test results indicate that bacteria levels at Lazore’s Beach exceed Health Canada swimming guidelines.

The Community Health Program will advise residents when the beach reopens.

For more information on designated public beaches across the Akwesasne region, please contact: Naeem Irshad, Environmental Health Officer- at 613-575-2341 Ext 3226 or Allyson Lamesse at 613-575-2341 Ext 3229.

SRMT Office closed for Staff Appreciation

All of the offices and programs of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe including the Solid Waste Transfer Station will be closed on Friday, July 31 so employees can attend staff appreciation day activities.

Walking With Our Sisters Memorial Coming to Ottawa

Sandra Dyck, Director, Carleton University Art Gallery, and Laura Margita, Director/Curator, Gallery 101, are honoured to announce that Walking With Our Sisters (WWOS) will be presented at Carleton University Art Gallery in Ottawa this fall.

Walking With Our Sisters is comprised of over 1800 pairs of beautifully beaded moccasin vamps (tops) created and donated by hundreds of concerned people.  A large commemorative art installation, it is not so much an “exhibition” as it is a deeply moving memorial that follows traditional indigenous ceremonial protocols. WWOS is in the third year of a seven-year North American tour.


The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne would like to notify the community that all non-vital services and offices will be closed this Friday in observance of MCA Staff Activity Day, as well as on Monday, August 3, 2015 in observance of the Civic Holiday.

Offices will re-open on Tuesday, August 4, 2015. 

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable long weekend.

Chief Wahoo Has to Go!

By Gary Norris Gray

The Cleveland Major League Baseball team will cross the country to make their Bay Area appearance at the end of the month with a four game set July 30-31 and Aug 1-2. The Oakland Athletics will host Chief Wahoo and the protest of Native Americans will continue.

With this trip it is time to educate Major League Baseball what Chief Wahoo really means and how it affects Native Americans.

This mascot has been in the city of Cleveland since 1928. The Cleveland Blues and Cleveland Naps are the predecessors and used the block C. The Cleveland Indians also used the block “C” until 1928.


Innovative Online Platform to Boost Indian Country Economic Development Open for Business

By Native News Online Staff

MESA, ARIZONA – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (National Center) Native Edge – the 24/7 cloud-based business training, networking, employment, and development ecosystem – is officially operational and open for business. The National Center unveiled the final components of the Native Edge during its recent Reservation Economic Summit in DC (RES DC), and is currently growing in membership and use. In fact within the last weeks, Tribal Tech, LLC and Cayuse Technologies have both posted new jobs to the Edge, giving users a glimpse of the possibilities created by the Edge.

Haskell students to study fracking on North Dakota reservation

by Indianz.com

Two students from Haskell Indian Nations University will study the impacts of fracking on the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation in North Dakota.

Mary Iorio and Joshua Cunningham are seniors at Haskell. They received a grant from the Kansas IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence Community-Based Scholar Award program to examine how hydraulic fracturing has affected water supplies on the reservation.

“Hydraulic fracturing is a major issue right now, especially on the Fort Berthold Reservation, where a third of North Dakota’s oil is being produced. It is important that the people of Fort Berthold know the environmental impacts of hydraulic fracturing and the subsequent effects on the community’s main drinking water sources," said Iorio, who is a member of the tribe.

Questions over Keystone XL dog Clinton on campaign trail

By Timothy Cama

A seemingly exasperated Hillary Clinton refused for the second consecutive day to stake out a position on the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a crowd in New Hampshire that she would answer the question “when I become president.”

The double dodge from the Democratic front-runner comes as she faces increasing pressure from the left to take strong, progressive positions on trade, the minimum wage and other issues on which she has avoided taking a clear stance. 

The message from Clinton on Keystone, however, is clear: Her lips are sealed, so stop asking.

Congress fails to provide funds to help tribes comply with VAWA

The Violence Against Women Act of 2013 included landmark provisions that recognize tribal authority over non-Indian offenders.

The law authorized $25 million over five years to help tribes ensure their justice systems protect the constitutional rights of non-Indian defendants. But Congress has failed to appropriate any funds for that purpose, The Oklahoman reported.

The lack of support hasn't stopped tribes from complying with the law. Five tribes participated in a pilot project at the Department of Justice from 2013 to 2015.

First Nations woman exposes Tinder racism on Twitter

Daybreak North, CBC News

A Mohawk woman started a Twitter hashtag, #S**tWhiteGuysTellMe, to expose the racist comments she was receiving on the dating app Tinder.

Jessica Deer, 25, is from the small community of Kahnawake, just outside of Montreal, and describes herself as blonde, blue-eyed, and pale skinned. She uses her Kahnawake name on Tinder, which sometimes prompts unwanted attention. 

She says people would try to make her First Nations identity into something exotic, or make references to their love for Pocahontas.

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