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

NAMA CEO & FOUNDER CONTRIBUTES TO A BOOK CELEBRATING 40 YEARS OF THE ENDANGERED SPECIES ACT AND PRODUCES ARTIST COMPILATION CD TO BENEFIT & HONOR THE WOLF

New York, NY — Native American Music Awards & Association Founder and CEO, Ellen Bello, has recently contributed to a book entited, Wild Success: The Endangered Species Act at 40, celebrating 40 years of the Act and published by the Endangered Species Coalition. Never before has a such a wide range of authors written together about protecting threatened and endangered wildlife.

SAINT REGIS MOHAWK TRIBE’S WATER TREATMENT FACILITY TOURED BY SALMON RIVER CENTRAL SCHOOL LEADERSHIP

Considered As Future Water Source for School

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Planning and Infrastructure Department invited the Salmon River Central School District’s Board of Education (BOE) and Superintendent, Jane Collins, to an on-site education of the SRMT’s public water system and treatment capabilities. The purpose of the tour of the state of the art facility along the St. Lawrence River was to assist in the intent to research options for the school’s future water supply. In attendance were government oversight personnel from the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), Gerry McKenna, Mike Lowy and Bob Williams and Susan Kennedy from the Department of Health.

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Hosts Area Business, Government Leaders Tribal Leader Discusses Potential Settlement of Boundary Issues

Akwesasne, NY - The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe welcomed a gathering of business and government leaders from Franklin and St. Lawrence counties and the surrounding area to the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort last evening for a Business After Hours event co-hosted by the Malone Chamber of Commerce.

While the focus of the evening was networking and casual conversation among those in attendance, the topic of resolution of a series of issues related to the Tribe's boundary drew much attention.

"Our surrounding counties are very important to our Tribe, as both a business and as a government," said Chief Ron LaFrance. "The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council remains committed to a negotiated settlement that would benefit both the Mohawk people and our neighbors."

The Tribe would like to see the terms of a 2005 settlement agreement between the Tribe, New York State, Franklin County and St. Lawrence County enacted. The agreement would permit the Tribe to acquire, only from willing sellers, certain identified lands in Franklin and St. Lawrence counties and return them to the Tribe's territory. In exchange, the local communities would receive substantial benefits, which LaFrance outlined for those at last night's event.

Home Loan Program for Akwesasne Veterans

MOU Signed between Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and Veteran’s Affairs

On Saturday, December 7, 2013, the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) securing direct home loan benefits to eligible Mohawk veterans on the Saint Regis Mohawk Reservation. Loans are now available for veterans to purchase, build or improve a home at Akwesasne, a benefit not previously available. Traveling to mark this occasion were two representatives from VA.  Mike Frueh, National Director of Loan Guaranty Programs in Washington, DC is responsible for the oversight of all loan programs for the VA.  His focus is bringing a greater understanding and use of Native American veteran’s loan products to Indian Country. Peter Vicaire is a Tribal Government Relations Specialist from the Eagan, Minnesota office. Mr. Vicaire will be our regional contact specific to any work with the Native American Direct Loan Programs.

PRESS RELEASE MCA’S CONSTITUTIONAL-CRIMINAL TEST CASES AGAINST CBSA BEING HEARD IN COURT THIS WEEK

TERRITORY OF AKWESASNE – A long-anticipated trial has commenced this week in Cornwall’s Ontario Court of Justice as two cases of Akwesasne residents being criminally charged by the Canada Border Services Agency are being challenged. These two cases were selected specifically to serve as constitutional test cases to challenge CBSA’s interpretation of the Customs Act and Immigration and Refugee Protection Act at the Cornwall Port of Entry. Both cases involve Akwesasne women who allegedly did not directly report to Canada’s Port of Entry in Cornwall, but first stopped on Kawehno:ke (Cornwall Island) to drop children off.

CKON Deliver's Mountain of Toys

CKON had a contest to win a $ 500 Visa gift card, in order to win listeners had to bring in a new toy and their name would go into a draw.

Well here is CKON's Misty Tarbell & Diane McDonald standing with the "mini" mountain of toys!! Our CKON listeners are so awesome and we will be so happy to deliver these toys to the "big" Mountain of Toys event on December 13.

Stop Canada's Proposed First Nation Education Act

Despite First Nations opposing it since October 2012, the Canadian Harper Conservative government plans on passing education legislation by September 2014.  In October 2013, they released a Proposal for a Bill on First Nation Education and a draft copy of the legislation giving approximately 75 days to respond.

First Nations are saying that the legislative approach is paternalistic and sets out more ministerial oversight over First Nations schools than currently exists. They are also saying that current underfunding of First Nation education will not be resolved by the proposed legislation.

Stand with First Nations and First Nation students. Send a message to Prime Minister Harper and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Valcourt to stop the proposed First Nation Education Act.

The more messages the Harper government receive, the more likely First Nations will have a chance to receive the same quality of education as the rest of Canada. Every letter counts.

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/573/898/984/stop-canadas-proposed-first-nation-education-act/

Mohawk Code Talkers Honored in Washington, DC

Thirty-three Native American tribes were recognized at a ceremony honoring Native American Code Talkers for service to the United States Armed Forces during World War I and World War II. Twenty-five tribes accepted Congressional Gold Medals. Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Sub-Chief Michael Conners accepted a certificate on behalf of Akwesashró:non in Washington, DC on November 20, 2013. The ceremony was held in Emancipation Hall in the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Code Talkers were relied upon by the military to quickly transmit messages during wartime using their native languages. The “code” was never broken by the enemy. Sub-Chief Conners was moved by the honored men in attendance as he accepted a certificate on behalf of our Tribe. Senators and members of Congress spoke throughout the ceremony, sharing stories about individual Code Talkers.