Police seek witnesses after two men were assaulted

On Friday, October 13, 2017, at around 1:00 p.m. police received information that two men were hospitalized after being beaten with a baseball bat. The incident took place at some time after midnight on Friday, October 13, 2017, at a home located in Akwesasne, Quebec. As a result, a 20- year old Akwesasne male suffered serious non-life threatening injuries and was airlifted to a hospital in Burlington, New York, and a 31- year old Brasher Falls male, suffered minor injuries and was later released from the hospital. On Tuesday, October 16, Investigators arrested and charged one male in connection to the assault. A 26- year old, Akwesasne man has been charged with, aggravated assault, forcible confinement, uttering threats, assault with a weapon and extortion. He is currently being held on bail. The investigation is ongoing and Investigators have identified the three outstanding suspects and further information will be released as

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OPERATION LEADS TO TWO CONTRABAND SEIZURES AND FOUR ARRESTS

On the evening of September 19, 2017, the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) observed a suspicious vessel coming to shore in the area of Westley’s Point in South Glengarry Township. The vessel met up with a van on the shoreline and officers observed cargo being transferred to the van from the vessel. Officers intervened as the van was departing the scene. The vehicle’s occupants fled on foot into a nearby cornfield. One was located shortly thereafter by officers on the scene while the remaining suspect was located with the assistance of the Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Ontario Provincial Police (SD&G OPP) members and an OPP canine unit. The van was found to be loaded with 65 black garbage bags filled with 1,161kgs of contraband fine tobacco. Felix St-Georges-Gobeil (aged 22) and Drake Simpson-Gratton (aged 19), from the province of Quebec, were subsequently charged with Possession of Unstamped Tobacco under the

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Two Hogansburg Men charged with Possession of Unstamped Tobacco.

On August 28, 2017, while on patrol the South Glengarry area, investigators of the Cornwall Regional Task Force (CRTF) observed suspicious activity occurring along Cheerier Road. Officers observed a boat, loaded with garbage bags of contraband tobacco, being off loaded on the shore where two pickup trucks were waiting.   As police approached the area, the boat with two occupants, fled the scene. Attempts to stop the fleeing vessel were not successful. Officers also located and arrested two males at the shore. As a result, of the investigation, Blaze White and Tylor Armstrong, both 18 years old from Hogansburg, New York are charged with possession of Unstamped Tobacco, pursuant to the Excise Act, 2001. In addition to to the 516 kg of contraband fine cut tobacco, police seized two pickup trucks, a 2007 GMC Canyon and a 2017 GMC Sierra, along with five electronic devices. If found guilty, these accused

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$30,000 Scoreboard donated to Generations Park by Tarbell Management Group

Visitors to Akwesasne’s Generations Park, will now see a newly installed scoreboard that reads “Welcome to Generations Field”. It was a ‘very generous’ donation from Bear’s Den Convenience Stores, Tim Horton’s Café Bake Shops Akwesasne and Tarbell Management Group (TMG) for the Akwesasne community’s enjoyment.  TMG President and CEO Brandon Tarbell unveiled a brand new scoreboard for the park’s main athletic field along with several park staff, local youth and other community members on July 12. “At TMG, we recognize the importance of supporting events and facilities that help promote our community’s health and wellness,” said Tarbell. “From hosting annual charity runs to operating a premier fitness facility like Heart to Heart as a not-for-profit business, we are proud to donate a new scoreboard to enhance the park’s intended purpose to help our community members live active and healthy lifestyles. This is one of our many ways we give back

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Northern Tribal Border Summit aims to tackle tough issues and challenges — enhanced Tribal I.D. cards and strategies for improving border access on agenda

In a joint press release issued by the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho and the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe, they have announced the convening of a “Northern Tribal Border Summit” for tribal leaders. This rare and innovative event will be held August 20-21, 2017 at Shakopee’s Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel in Shakopee, Minnesota. “We look forward to discussing how best to improve border crossing for Native peoples during the Trump and Trudeau administrations,” said Gary Aitken, Jr. Chairman of the Kootenai Tribe of Idaho, “particularly those tribes, like ours, that have our people located on both sides of the border.” The Summit is an opportunity for leaders of tribal governments and First Nations communities located on or near the U.S.-Canada border to discuss border-crossing and related issues, including: Challenges of Northern Border Crossing for Tribal Citizens & Members; Trump and Trudeau Administration U.S. Northern Border Policies; Enhanced Tribal Cards and Strategies

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Possible revenue generating patent project opportunity ‘Stirred Up’ debate at SRMT monthly meeting,– and in August 2017, Mohawk Networks will upgrade their connectivity, from 2Gig to a 4Gig connection, doubling bandwidth in area

The first post-election community meeting was held this past Saturday, July 8, with Chief Eric Thompson chairing along with new members of Tribal Council.  With nearly 38 people in attendance, community members received an update on all that’s happening in and around the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and the community of Akwesasne.

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Tribe’s Compliance Department Takes Action To Protect Licensed Businesses and Community Members

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Compliance Department is in the process of holding public meetings to present and gain feedback from tribal members on the development of a General Business Ordinance. Two previous public meetings were held on June 14th and June 21st, and a third will be held on Wednesday, July 12, 2017. “Tribal Council is aware that over the past several years, non-member vendors and peddlers have entered our community for the purpose of targeting our elders with various scams.” remarked Chief Eric Thompson. “The General Business Ordinance will expressly give the Tribe authority to prohibit these businesses from selling on our territory, while protecting the business owners who operate in good faith.” The DRAFT General Business Ordinance’s intent is to ensure the Tribe is aware of both members and non-members conducting business within the Tribal jurisdiction. The DRAFT ordinance sets forth a fee for general

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LAX players from the Haudenosaunee Confederacy compete at Parliament — Lacrosse part of Canada’s 150th year Anniversary

Lacrosse players from the Iroquois Confederacy gathered in Ottawa on the Supreme Court lawn just before sundown to face-off some members of parliament. It was only a few weeks ago, in June, that Canadian Liberal MP Marc Miller, invited members of the Kahnawake Rapids to play an “exhibition game” of lacrosse. It is after all, Canada’s summer sport, and as part of their 150th anniversary celebrations, they are commemorating their birthday with the inclusion of the country’s Indigenous people, their language, culture and heritage. The invitation to play the ‘Creators Game’ was organized by Kahnawake:ronon and Rapids owner, Sterling Deer, and Miller, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, — in order to raise awareness and create a positive impact for this ‘Nation to First Nations’ relation. Deer said the event transpired in to a historical moment for Haudenosaunee people. “Marc is a friend of mine and he

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Former-Fire Station #1 Removed for Community Greenspace

  On Ohiari:ha/June 20, 2017; the old Hogansburg-Akwesasne Volunteer Fire Department’s Station #1 built in 1960 on Gray Street in Hogansburg, New York was demolished to help restore the location to green space; with picnic tables and benches for community members to oversee the St. Regis River. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Office for Economic Development, in collaboration with the Akwesasne Tourism Working Group, is also developing plans to utilize the area directly across the river for an Art Park to promote tourism. For the past 13 years, the old fire station served as a location for the Tribe’s Planning and Infrastructure Division, which recently relocated to a new facility on State Route 95 where a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house is being planned for Early-August. # # # # # The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is the duly elected and federally recognized government of the Saint Regis Mohawk

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SRMT monthly meeting highlights progress and positive developments in Akwesasne

With roughly 35 people in attendance at the June monthly community meeting, which was held in the SRMT’s Community Building, and chaired by Tribal Chief Beverly Cook, a full agenda was on the schedule and no time was wasted. At most community meetings, a number of action items are requested for Tribal Council to explore, and in the past several months, the matter of the 1990 Cold Case Murders in Akwesasne have resurfaced and an appeal was made to investigate further. On May 17th, members of Tribal Council met with the New York State Police(NYSP), and their Violent Crime Investigation Team’s Senior Investigator.  The NYSP reported they did not have any files on the 1990 cases. The 1990 Cold Case Murders are in reference to the unsolved deaths of two Mohawk men, Matt Pyke and Junior Edwards. According to reports, the two were killed during a ‘stand-off’ which took place on

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