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

Tourism Directly Impacting Community Organizations

How the Room Occupancy Fee Is Spent

  Akwesasne, NY - There is a cascade of giving during the holiday season, and the Room Occupancy Fee from gaming tourism is delivering transportation and an unprecedented contribution towards vocational education. The Akwesasne Mohawk Casino Resort began collecting the $10.00 fee earlier this year. Collectively, the hotel fees average $68,000 per month in revenue. The Room Occupancy Fee ordinance is intended to provide support for education, recreation and tourism programs for community members.

The Government of Québec announces the signing of a political memorandum of understanding with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and financial assistance of more than $723 000 for the community

MCA & QUEBEC POLITICAL MOU - Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and Quebec officials formally signed a political memorandum of understanding today, December 15, 2014. Left to right: MCA District Chief Larry King (Kana:taken District), District Chief Karen Loran (Tsi Snaihne District), Grand Chief Mike Kanentakeron Mitchell, Quebec Minister responsible for Native Affairs Geoffrey Kelley, Member of the National Assembly for Huntingdon Stephane Billette, District Chief April Adams-Phillips (Tsi Snaihne District) and District Chief Joe Lazore (Tsi Snaihne District).

Welcome to CKON

We would like to welcome our newest Announcers to the CKON Team!!!! Akwesasne's Dennis Chaussi will lead the way as our new Play by Play Man and Brayden Sonny White fills the role of the Color Commentator!!! Their first broadcast is set for tonight at 6:30 LIVE from the Salmon Arena as the Shamrock Boys Varsity Hockey Team kicks off their regular season with their home opener, playing host to the Franklin Academy Huskies of Malone!!! Shamrock Hockey, a CKON Sports Presentation, on the official voice of the Salmon River Shamrocks, 97.3 FM CKON and online!!!

Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service Media Release

(Cornwall Island, Ontario) - On November 30th, 2014 at approximately 1:50 p.m., the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service was dispatched to a residence on Cornwall Island, Ontario. Upon arrival, police discovered a deceased male.

Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service investigators, with the assistance of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Forensic Identification Services Unit and Criminal Investigation Branch determined that foul play was involved in the death of David “Tawit” Benson Hopps, aged 61 years, of Cornwall Island, Ontario. A post mortem examination has been scheduled for today, December 1, 2014 in Ottawa.

Today, as a result of the investigation, Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service officers arrested Rachel Bertha FENN, aged 39 years, of Summerstown, Ontario and Christopher Philip BALDWIN, aged 31 years, of Westport, Ontario. Both subjects appeared in Ontario Court of Justice, Cornwall, Ontario today and have been remanded until December 5th, 2014. They have been charged with Second Degree Murder.

If anyone has information about this crime, they are asked to contact the Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service at 613-575-2340.



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!.