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

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.

Demolition Contract Awarded For Cornwall Bridge

Cornwall Ontario The Federal Bridge Corporation announced today that Contract #3 of the North Channel Bridge Replacement Project has been awarded to American Bridge Canada.

The contract involves the demolition of the decommissioned high level bridge. A new low-level bridge opened to traffic in January 2014.

American Bridge Canada is a well-known construction company whose projects include some of the world’s largest bridges, marine installations, and other complex structures. American Bridge Canada was also a key player in the construction of the North Channel Bridge (Contract 1 - In Water Works) which was completed on schedule in 2011.

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.