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12 indicted by St. Lawrence County grand jury

W.T. Ekert - Massena Daily Courier

CANTON — A dozen people were indicted Thursday by a St. Lawrence County grand jury, capping the end of the scheduled criminal court week.

Ahmed Khalil, 37, of 110 Elm St., Potsdam, is charged with the felonies of first-degree stalking, fourth-degree grand larceny, the misdemeanors of fourth-degree criminal mischief, second-degree unlawful imprisonment, third-degree menacing, two counts of petit larceny and the violation of second-degree harassment.

Developer offers to give land back to First Nation where Oka Crisis happened

Jessica Deer · CBC News

A Quebec developer is offering to give back to the Mohawks of Kanesatake part of a forested area of land that was at the heart of the Oka Crisis.

Grégoire Gollin said he's committed to transferring around 60 hectares of the forest known as The Pines in the spirit of reconciliation, through a federal ecological gifts program.

"As a citizen, I don't have to wait for the government to do my contribution to reconciliation," he said.

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