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

SRMT Police Commission Appoints Acting Chief of Police

The SRMT Police Commission Act of 2014 authorizes the Police Commission to oversee and manage the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police. The Chief of Police reports directly to the Police Commission. On Friday, May 23, 2014 the Police Commission appointed Matthew Rourke as the Acting Chief of Police. The Police Commission is comprised of five community members; it is their express role to ensure any community issues that have developed are heard and responded to for the benefit of the Akwesasne community, and to do so with integrity and confidentiality.

The Police Commission ensures the public that the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police continue to protect and serve the community of Akwesasne. For further information, please contact the Communications Department at 518-358-2272.


Onerahtohko:wa/May 30, 2014

The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne is supportive of the steps taken by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe this week to move the Akwesasne community’s New York State land claim closer to finalization.  It is a land claim that has spanned three decades and the MOU signing is a major step in the direction of progress.

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Launches Website Focused on Land Settlement, Boundary Resolution Benefits

AKWESASNE, NY - With an all-important first step in resolving its 32-year land claim behind them, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe is turning its focus on articulating the benefits of a negotiated settlement.

The tribe announced today that it has launched a new website - - to help the community-at-large understand a proposed settlement to boundary discussions that stretch back more than three decades.

Cash Raffle Drawn Monday Night

Lots of Akwesasro:non were tuned into 97-3 CKON Monday night when a cash raffle, featuring a total payout amount of $20,000, was drawn live on air.  Tickets were sold for $20 each or 6 for $100.  This is the 2nd year the large cash raffle has been held.  Six very worthwhile community organizations benefitted from the profits of the ticket sales. 

They include:

  • Sons of the American Legion
  • Hogansburg Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department
  • Akwesasne Freedom School
  • American Legion Auxiliary
  • Local 440 Ironworkers Union
  • St. Regis Catholic Church

On behalf of all six beneficiaries, Niawen kowa, thank you, to everyone that sold and bought the tickets.  Congratulations to the winners!  They are:

  • John White - $10,000
  • Mindy Delormier - $5,000
  • There were also 5 draws for $1,000 each.  The five winners are Perry "Bones" Francis, Phillip Gray Sr., Harvey Montour, Pudgie King and Joe H. Lazore.

Congratulations to the winners and Niawen kowa, thank you, to everyone who supported this years cash raffle.

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Recognized for Land Negotiations with New York State

Tribe Receives Deal of the Year Award at Native American Finance Officers Association Annual Conference

Akwesasne Territory - Over the past several years, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has grown into one of the strongest economic drivers in the North Country of New York State, fueled in part by the development of its dynamic Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort. Yet, for more than 30 years, the Tribe has been faced with unresolved issues related to the boundary of its recognized territory.

The Tribe’s focus on developing its economic strength and negotiating a resolution to the boundary issues has been praised by a leading national organization committed to growing tribal economies. The Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) presented the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe with NAFOA’s Deal of the Year award at its 32nd annual conference in New Orleans. This was a three tribe award, bestowed upon the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, the Oneida Indian Nation and the Seneca Nation of Indians for their respective agreements with the state of New York. These agreements symbolize a comprehensive rebalance of tribal-state authority and jurisdiction; as was noted by NAFOA’s President, Bill Lomax, who remarked that these deals were “an extremely promising step in the right direction” and “reinforced the sovereignty of tribal nations”.

The great grandchildren of Chief John Running Deer with a replica of the Wolf Belt


The children of Beatrice Deer Jacobs gathered at the Akwesasne Museum on Sat. April 5th to view the Wolf Belt. According to family history and from a book published in 2012 titled “In Search of Princess White Deer – A Biography” by Patricia O. Galperin, the belt was at one time in the possession of their great grandfather, John Deer, known as Chief Running Deer. He was the last hereditary chief of the Mohawk tribe. He was born in 1834 on the St. Regis Reservation in Canada. Chief John Running Deer married Esther Loft and they had 5 children; John Jr. (Beatrice’s father), Mary, James, Lydia and George. Chief Running Deer, his three sons and his granddaughter Esther were famous Indian trick riders and performed in wild west shows all over Europe and Africa.