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Akwesasne Communication Society Election Results

Akwesasne ~ On Wednesday, September 19, 2018, the Akwesasne Communication Society held its annual election to fill three seats for three-year terms.  The following individuals have been elected to the Akwesasne Communication Society board of directors for three-year terms:

  • ·       Lisa Jock
  • ·       Rosemary Bonaparte
  • ·       Julia Back

77 community members voted and Lisa Jock received 58 votes, Rosemary Bonaparte received 57 votes and Julia Back received 50 votes.  The other candidate Alma Ransom received 49 votes.

The CKON Radio staff and management congratulate the new board members and look forward to working with the board to continue keeping CKON Radio the number one station in the North Country.

Heredity or hoax?

Jorge Barrera and Tiffany Foxcroft

When Louis Côté became suspicious of a Toronto-based laboratory that tests people's DNA to determine their ancestry, he decided to try an experiment by submitting a sample from his girlfriend's dog for analysis.

According to the results, Côté shares more than a friendship with Snoopy the chihuahua; they share the exact same Indigenous ancestry.

"I thought it was a joke," Côté said. "The company is fooling people … the tests are no good."

Cannabis entrepreneurs set sights on non-smokers

Diane Buckner · CBC News

Canadian entrepreneurs are busy developing a wide range of new ways to use recreational cannabis in a socially acceptable way — without having to roll or smoke a joint.

Cocktails, beer, coffee and tea — along with specially designed vape devices — are in the works. None will create the notorious stench or clouds of smoke associated with marijuana and they will offer non-smokers more choices, beyond the edible cannabis products already on the market.

Navajo Nation Withstands Motion to Dismiss in Colorado River Breach of Trust Litigation

Native News Online Staff

WINDOW ROCK – Last week, the Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit granted the Navajo Nation’s request to overturn a decision of the Arizona District Court holding that the Nation’s claim that the United States had breached its fiduciary duty to the Navajo Nation in decisions regarding the management of the Colorado River was barred by sovereign immunity.  Attorney General Ethel Branch explained the significance of the ruling: “The decision in Navajo Nation v. Department of Interior, 9th Circuit No. 14-16864, is particularly important for tribes within the jurisdiction of the Ninth Circuit because it clarifies that Congress has waived the immunity of the United States for all suits for injunctive and declaratory relief that do not seek money damages.”

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Donates $10,000 to Akwesasne Holiday Helpers

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

On Tsiothóhrha/December 8, 2017 the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Community Partnership Fund donated $10,000 to the Akwesasne Holiday Helpers for this year’s community fundraising event. They are hoping to surpass last year’s efforts that provided a happy holiday season for 1,628 Akwesasne families with a food basket and toys for children. The annual fundraiser took place at the Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department’s Station #1. Members of the Holiday Helpers participated in the check presentation, along with (from left) Chief Michael Conners, Sub-Chief Agnes Jacobs, Everett Lazore, Matt Rourke (kneeling), Caroline Peters, Sub-Chief Cheryl Jacobs and Chief Eric Thompson.

Notice of Tower Extension

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is notifying the community that an application has been submitted to the Federal Communication Commission to add 100’ to the existing 200’ Broadband tower located at 2819 County Route 95, for a total height of 300'. The tower provides local channels and wireless services to the community. Any persons requesting information or having concerns with the application are asked to contact the Tribe's Broadband Department at (518)358-2105 or send written correspondence to:

SRMT Broadband Services
447 Frogtown Road, Suite 208
Akwesasne NY 13655