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Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Expands Kanien’kéha Language Program

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) is committed to providing opportunities for community members and employees to learn our Kanien’kéha (Mohawk language). Housed within the Tribal Historic Preservation (THPO) Department, the Language Lab has been in operation since 2005 to offer free instruction by Mohawk Language Coordinator Carole Ross in a classroom setting from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Over the years, there has been inconsistent utilization of this resource. In recent years, there has been a sharp decline in participation.

Akwesasne Cultural Restoration Program Awards $300,000

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Akwesasne Cultural Restoration (ACR) Program announced the latest recipients of settlement funds to support cultural projects in the Akwesasne Community. The Akwesasne Freedom School’s Language Nest, Akwesasne Cultural Center, and Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment will each receive $100,000 in Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Settlement monies to support their work through the end of 2018.

Ten-Million-Gallon Lagoon Excavation Begins at General Motor’s Superfund Site

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Environment Division is notifying Akwesasne residents that it has completed its review of RACER Trust’s Remedial Design Work Plan to remediate the ten-million-gallon lagoon at the Former-General Motors property. The United States Environmental Protection Agency and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation have already approved the work plan, with work activities having started on March 27 and expected to be completed by fall 2017.

Trump’s Policies Threaten Tribal Sovereignty

- Indian Country Today

What do American Indians face in the Trump era? President Donald Trump’s policies will be threatening to tribal rights, tribal sovereignty, cultural identity, and to many of the legal and legislative wins of the past. Already Trump has signed two oil pipeline projects into construction after considerable opposition from Indian nations.

By executive order, Trump has temporarily stopped hiring in the Bureau of Indian Affairs. The hiring freeze will be lifted only after the Secretary of the Interior and the Office of Management and Budget devise a plan to significantly reduce staff.

Canada 150 Tom Longboat: A man called Everything

Malcolm Kelly, for CBC Sports

Round and round and round they went, two marathon runners circling the indoor cinder track at Madison Square Garden on a February night in New York in 1909.

Tom Longboat, Canada's "Indian" hero, and England's star Alfie Shrubb, running 250 laps in a smoke-filled arena packed to the rafters with gamblers, drunken louts and more than 10,000 fans wanting to see how this latest match race would end.

Kashechewan First Nation evacuated due to flood concerns

Marina von Stackelberg, CBC News

Kashechewan First Nation has declared a state of emergency and hundreds of residents are being moved to the northern Ontario town of Kapuskasing over concerns about flooding.

The evacuation of the First Nation located along the James Bay began Sunday and continues today. It's expected 450 to 500 people are affected.

An additional 100 evacuees will be moved to the community of Smooth Rock Falls. Plans are underway to find additional towns to take people.

Trudeau sends more ministers to U.S. amid NAFTA and border tax worries

Aaron Wherry, CBC News

Three more ministers from Justin Trudeau's cabinet will be in the United States this week, as the federal government continues to lobby American leaders and lawmakers about the importance of maintaining unfettered trade between the two countries.

With U.S. President Donald Trump hoping to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement and others suggesting the imposition of a border adjustment tax on imports to the United States, the Trudeau government has been at pains to stress how the American economy benefits from access to Canadian companies and consumers.

Border agents can search electronics; number of instances increased over the years

- Watertown Daily Times

American and Canadian travelers carrying cell phones, tablets or laptops across the Thousand Islands or Ogdensburg-Prescott International bridges may find themselves subject to an increasing nationwide trend of having their devices searched.

While the Fourth Amendment typically protects people around the country from unreasonable searches without warrants, agents along the Canadian and Mexican borders can search all travelers’ belongings, including electronic devices, with or without reasonable suspicion or a warrant.

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