News Director Reen Cook brings you the latest local and regional news report live from the CKON News Center.

IGA Building to Be Re-Purposed

Tribe Endorses JNR Enterprise to Build Family Entertainment Center

Akwesasne, NY - The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council invited entrepreneurs to submit proposals for an adaptive re-use of the vacant IGA building located at 850 State Route 37, Akwesasne, NY. The seed for the project was community driven through an informal social media survey; Akwesasne overwhelmingly requested the need for a recreational facility. In the request for proposal (RFP), the SRMT requested interested parties submit ideas that “support the local community and SRMT’s vision and goals for economic development.” The vision of JNR Enterprises, LLC exceeded the requirements. On June 27, 2014 JNR Enterprises, LLC was endorsed by Tribal Council to build the region’s only complete indoor family entertainment facility, Velocity!.

The Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club Executive Director Selected to Serve on the National Native Advisory Committee (NNAC) for Boys & Girls Club of America

On July 8, 2014, The Akwesasne Boys & Girls Club (ABGC) was notified that Executive Director Jessica Cree Jock, was chosen to represent the Eastern Region on the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA) National Native Advisory Committee (NNAC). Mrs. Cree Jock is one of fifteen Boys & Girls Club Professionals representing one hundred and ten (110) Native American Boys & Girls Club in the United States.

The purpose of this Professional Advisory Committee is to provide leadership and insight on Native history, traditions, values and culture that will help establish and refine Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s systems and methods of service to assure the greatest benefit possible for our Native organizations.

Akwesasne Boys and Girls Club Attends “Ringside For Youth”

Expresses Appreciation to Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort and Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council

TERRITORY OF AKWESASNE - The Akwesasne Boys and Girls Club (ABGC) attended Ringside For Youth that was held on June 12, 2014 at the Ottawa Convention Centre—thanks to the generosity of the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort and the assistance of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council.  Ringside For Youth is an annual event that has raised more than $2.5 million since 1995 for the Boys and Girls Club of Ottawa. This year’s event featured special guest and legendary boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.

BMO Will Not Approve Mobile Home Mortgages

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne (MCA) is notifying the community that the Bank of Montreal - On-Reserve Housing Loan Program (ORHL) will no longer approve mortgages for any type of mobile home (single or doublewide trailers).

The Bank of Montreal (BMO) views the purchase of a mobile home as a high-risk investment that does not comply with the terms of the loan program agreement that MCA has with BMO.

Please understand this notice applies to new applications only and does not affect existing mortgages. We apologize for any confusion regarding the eligibility of home mortgages. Should you require any assistance with your housing loan/mortgage application, please contact MCA’s Department of Housing at613-575-2250 Ext. 2300.

Tribal Police Welcome New Graduates

Written by Sean Burns.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s two newest police officers graduated from the Zone 9 Police Academy on July 11, 2014 while surrounded by family and friends.The eight officers who graduated were from the Clinton County Sherriff Department, Franklin County Sherriff Department, Plattsburgh Police Department and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police.

Officer Julie Smoke, daughter of Doug and Diane Smoke, was one of two female graduates.She received the Overall Achievement Award in recognition of outstanding effort and scholastic achievement.

Officer Tyson Lazare is the son of Michelle and Chris Lazare.Both police officer trainees were accepted for employment by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police.The agency then sponsored the trainees in the academy’s basic police training program.They will begin their careers as patrol persons.

Details of Sunday, June 22nd events at Cornwall Motor Speedway

Cornwall, Ont – Monday, June 23, 2014 – Martin Bélanger – The Cornwall Motor Speedway would like to provide clarifications on the events that occurred during the June 22nd Mini-Stock feature race.

Competitor Danny Lefebvre of St-Louis-de-Gonzague, Quebec was in competition for first position with two other competitors when his car went off the speedway in the backstretch and hit the cement wall. After several minutes of care by the rescue team, the driver was transported to the hospital where his death was confirmed during the evening.

Lefebvre was a very competitive driver in the Mini-Stock ranks; it was his first presence this season. In 2013, Danny had a strong season, getting good results on every Sunday night as he finished only 3 points behind track champion Mike Gaucher. Driving his #05 mount, he was also a contender 2 years ago as he finished in 7th place in the championship race.

The Lavergne family along with the entire Cornwall Motor Speedway staff would like extend their deepest condolences to the family and several friends that Danny had around him. Our thoughts and prayers go to everyone related to Danny as the racing community mourns this big loss and will be remembered in fashion at the speedway.

Tribal Election Board Certifies 2014 Election Results

Incumbents LaFrance and Conners Elected to Second Terms

AKWESASNE, NY – The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Election Board certified the results of the annual tribal elections held on Saturday June 7, 2014. Community members cast ballots for the positions of Tribal Chief and Tribal Sub-Chief for three-year terms.

CLA Recognizes Micheal ‘Kanentakeron’ Mitchell with the Prestigious Lester B. Pearson Award

OTTAWA, ON, June 12, 2014 - The Canadian Lacrosse Association (CLA) is honoured to name Micheal 'Kanentakeron' Mitchell as the 2014 recipient of the Lester B. Pearson Award. Considered to be the highest honour in the Canadian lacrosse community, the Lester B. Pearson award is presented by the CLA to an individual in recognition of their outstanding contributions of sportsmanship and leadership in the game of lacrosse, along with the physical and mental development of our young athletes through unselfish dedication as a volunteer. A recipient of the Lester B. Pearson award has made a significant contribution, enhancement or legacy to the game of lacrosse at the national or international level and has promoted a positive image and respect for the game of lacrosse.