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Press Release: Burglary investigation in Colton yields 8 arrests

 

NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Richard Smith
Troop B Commander

 

On April 14, 2013, State Police in Canton responded to a report of a burglary to a garage, located on Leary Road, in the Town of Colton.
 
The garage was forcibly entered and the contents of a gun safe, located inside the garage, were stolen. This consisted of 3 handguns and 9 long guns. Various tools and jewelry were also stolen from within the garage and residence.
 
State Police determined the stolen guns had been sold or were in the process of being sold. To date, 6 of the 12 guns have been recovered.

Today at the Hogansburg Volunteer Fire Station #1

We gathered to remember the past, honor the ones who risk their lives to protect our community and also to look to the future.

With a good sized crowd in attendance, Jason McDonald started us off by introducing the current fire chief; Derek comins, the former fire chief’s including Derek’s father Donny comins and also the current St. Regis Mohawk Tribe’s  Chief’s Beverly Cook and Ron lafrance.

CBSA CHANGES PRELIMINARY PORT OF ENTRY QUESTION

TERRITORY OF AKWESASNE – The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne wishes to inform the community that effective immediately, the Canada Border Services Agency has implemented a new Primary Question to be asked of ALL travelers.

The new Primary Question is as follows: “Are you, your vehicle or any goods in your possession arriving from the United States?” 

It is CBSA’s hope that in asking the question in this manner it will alleviate some of the ambiguities that resulted from asking the former Primary Question, which was: “Where are you coming from?”

If you encounter any issues at the Cornwall Port of Entry, do not hesitate to contact MCA’s Community Advocate on CBSA Complaints Wesley Benedict at (613) 936-1548 ext. 1031 or (613) 551-6999.

COLLEGE FINANCIAL AID PLANNING NIGHT AT AKWESASNE

A College Financial Aid Night was co-hosted by the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Higher Education Program, SUNY Potsdam and the Akwesasne Mohawk Board of Education Post-Secondary Program on Thursday, January 9 2014 at the Senior Center. Seventy college-bound students and their parents participated in the information packed event.

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.