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

QUEBEC’S FIRST ABORIGINAL SURGEON VISITING AKWESASNE

Community invited to join Dr. Stanley Vollant’s Walk

TERRITORY OF AKWESASNE – The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne will welcome a special guest to the community next week who will be sharing a positive message for local youth.  Dr. Stanley Vollant, who grew up along the St. Lawrence River in the Innu community of Pessamit in Quebec, became the province’s first Aboriginal surgeon in 1994.

Anti-Virus Scams

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service is currently investigating a complaint from a community resident who received an unsolicited telephone call from an internet anti-virus company. The complainant allowed the caller to remotely access their computer and download a program, paying a $250.00 fee.  After the download, the complainant was unable to log-in. This scheme involves company representatives calling individuals and stating, for example, that it is Microsoft calling and that their computer is running slow or has viruses. They offer to repair the computer over the internet, which can involve the installation of software or the customers allowing the representatives remote access to their computer.

NYS Department of Health Confirms Cases of Serious Respiratory Virus

Reminds Parents to be Extra Vigilant in Preventing the Spread of EV-D68

ALBANY, NY (September 12, 2014)–The New York State Department of Health is again advising parents and health care providers to be aware of the signs and symptoms of enterovirus EV-D68, a serious respiratory illness, which has now been confirmed in more than a dozen children in New York State. EV-D68 is causing cases of severe respiratory illness among children and other individuals, sometimes resulting in hospitalization, especially among children with asthma.

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.