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Two Freeze to Death on Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation

Levi Rickert - Native News Online

EAGLE BUTTE, SOUTH DAKOTA – Tribal officials are asking the public stay inside due extreme cold winter conditions on the Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Search parties found the bodies of two tribal members within the past week. Both died from being exposed to freezing temperatures.

A third person, Tom Traversie, Jr. is missing and search parties are braving the cold weather to look for him. A Command Center has been set up at the Cheyenne River Game Fish and Parks in Eagle Butte, coordinating the efforts to find Traversie.

Ottawa, provinces fail to reach a deal on health spending

John Paul Tasker, CBC News

Ottawa and the provinces have failed to reach a deal on health-care funding, despite a $11.5-billion pledge by the federal government to boost targeted spending on home care and mental health.

The federal government has now taken that offer off the table, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said Monday, and the Canada Health Transfer (CHT) spending increase will revert to 3 per cent a year as of April 1, 2017.

Tribe Gives Preference Boost to Mohawk Businesses

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has put in place an expanded Native American Preference Policy for the benefit of Native American/Alaska Native-owned businesses and companies. Tribal Council Resolution 2016-82 rescinds a 2007 resolution (TCR 2007-36) that uniformly implemented a 10-percent preferential procurement advantage to Mohawk vendors. In its place, an updated tribal procurement policy is being implemented based on the size of the transaction.

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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

MCA WILL NO LONGER PAY FOR SEIZED VEHICLES AT CBSA

Cap in Effect After January 23, 2015

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is notifying the community that after January 23, 2015, community members’ fines for Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) car seizures at any CBSA port will no longer be paid for by MCA.

Since September of 2009, MCA has paid the $1000 and up fines for Akwesasne community members who had their vehicle seized for the first time by CBSA.  Over the past 5 years, MCA has paid $313,868 toward these fines.

On December 9, 2014, Council passed MCR 2014/2015 - #271 stating that these penalities will no longer paid by MCA as of 45 days of the MCR date. 

Community members travelling through the CBSA port after January 23, 2014 will be responsible for any fines incurred.

If  you have any questions related to CBSA vehicle seizures please contact MCA’s Community Advocate Wesley Benedict at 613-575-2250 Ext. 1031.