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

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.

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.

MCA SUPPORTIVE OF NYS LAND CLAIM PROGRESS

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.