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FBI: Sex assault on airplanes increasing at 'alarming rate'

Kevin Tampone - Syracuse.com

The number of sexual assaults reported on commercial flights is increasing at an "alarming rate," the FBI said this week.

FBI investigations into assaults on flights increased 66 percent between 2014 and 2017, the FBI said Wednesday, according to CNN. The bureau is not sure of the reason for the increase in reported assaults and noted the actual number could be much higher since many cases go unreported.

Akwesasne resident residence faces multiple drug, weapons charges after search of his home


AKWESASNE –– An Akwesasne man is facing multiple drug and weapons charges after a search of his home on Wednesday resulting from an ongoing investigation by St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police.

Dana L. Francis, 43, was charged by tribal police with five counts of third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance, one count of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly possessing an assault rifle and seven counts of third-degree criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly possessing high-capacity ammunition magazines, according to a Facebook post by the police department. The drug charges all involved cocaine.

Celebrating Indigenous People Day

Lois Ann BakeAmanda Tarbell shows off some of the Native artifacts on Thursday. The Native North American Travelling College hosted a special event to share their culture.Lois Ann Baker/Cornwall Standard-Freeholderr, Cornwall Standard-Freeholder

AKWESASNE — About 26 people got to experience what it was like to be a Native North American on Thursday by joining the Native North American Travelling College for a few hours.

Amanda Tarbell said they usually held an event every year on Indigenous People Day but this year they were approached by the Cornwall Interfaith Partnership to host something at the college.

Hogansburg woman charged with marijuana possession at Point of Entry


MASSENA — State police on June 9 charged Jasmine Buckshot, 23, of 45 Ransom Road, Hogansburg, with fifth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Troopers charge at 1 p.m. on June 9 at the Massena Point of Entry, Ms. Buckshot was operating a black 2010 Dodge Charger and, during an inspection by U.S. Customs Agents, was referred to a secondary inspection and found in possession of a bag containing approximately 41.8 grams of marijuana,

Ms. Buckshot was issued a ticket returnable to Massena Town Court.


Massena man found in possession of more than 100 grams of marijuana at police check point


ROSSIE — State police on June 2 charged Adam Ortiz, of 59 Ames St., Massena, with misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana.

Troopers charge at 11:33 a.m. on June 2 at a state police and United States Border Patrol checkpoint on Route 11 in the town, Mr. Ortiz was a passenger in a 2000 Lincoln LS and was found to be in possession of about 117 grams of marijuana following a border patrol K-9 preliminary exterior check of the vehicle.

Mr. Ortiz was issued a ticket returnable to Rossie Town Court.


Code talker day back on the table

Navajo Code Talkers Day is only two months away and Delegate Raymond Smith this week led a charge to reinstate the day as a paid holiday for the Navajo Nation.

“I’m pleading with the members of HEHSC (Health, Education and Human Services Committee) to support putting this back on as a paid holiday,” said Smith, whose dad was a code talker. “We are losing our code talkers. A lot of descendants are asking to have that day back and have a day off work to honor the fathers who went out there in World War II.”


Senate passes pot bill, paving way for legal cannabis in 8 to 12 weeks

Peter Zimonjic · CBC News

Senators have voted to pass the federal government's bill legalizing recreational marijuana by a vote of 52-29, with two abstentions, paving the way for a fully legal cannabis market within eight to 12 weeks.

"I'm feeling just great," said Sen. Tony Dean, who sponsored the bill in the Senate. "We've just witnessed a historic vote for Canada. The end of 90 years of prohibition. Transformative social policy, I think. A brave move on the part of the government."

Dean said he thought the Senate functioned well throughout the process and he was proud of the work the Red Chamber did.

Court-appointed official moves to 'forever' bar 147 residential school cases from compensation hearings

Jorge Barrera · CBC News

A court-appointed official tasked with transferring thousands of residential school cases from a disgraced Calgary law firm wants 147 claims barred from ever entering abuse compensation hearings despite evidence some could qualify for payouts, according to recent filings.

Retired B.C. judge Ian Pitfield requested the B.C. Supreme Court rule the 147 cases be "forever barred" from entering the Independent Assessment Process (IAP), which was created by the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement to set compensation levels for survivors who suffered abuse, according to a June 6 filing.

Future of AFN, promised Indigenous rights bill flashpoints in national chief election

Jorge Barrera · CBC NewsJorge Barrera · CBC News

The Assembly of First Nations race for national chief began officially on Wednesday and at stake for some candidates is the very future of the largest Indigenous organization in the country.

Five candidates, including incumbent National Chief Perry Bellegarde, are vying to lead the AFN at a time when it faces a flurry of legislative activity from the Justin Trudeau Liberal government, including a proposed bill to recognize Indigenous rights.

The nomination deadline for candidates was 11:59 a.m. on June 19.

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