Where does cultural appropriation end and where does cultural appropriation begin? — Mohawk/Sioux youth featured in Teen Vogue

Daunnette Reyome has become an overnight role model in Indian Country after being featured in Teen Vogue, in an article entitled, “7 Girls Show What Beauty Looks Like When It’s Not Appropriated.” As one of seven young ladies chosen to weigh in on the hot trending topic of cultural appropriation, while they appropriately modeled regalia of their own cultures. Teen Vogue asked a very loaded question, “Where does cultural appropriation end and where does cultural appropriation begin?”  Her section of this article is entitled “Daunnette Reyome on her feather,” with photos that capture the powerful imagery of this young woman and her message to the world “that we do still exist. And no, we don’t all live in teepees.” Growing up off-reservation, Daunnette has had a very different aspect from the non-native world, and how they perceive Native American’s, from fellow students telling her that “Indians don’t exist anymore,” to

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Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal officials invited to Cuba to meet with Minister of Public Health

  Cuban Ambassador Jose R. Cabanas has extended a rare invitation to the Akwesasne Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe to visit Cuba to gather information, and to establish international relations on diabetes treatments. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to establish diplomatic relations with Cuba, a country rich in ethnic diversity and Indigenous thinking,” expressed Chief Beverly Cook. “The World Health Organization recognizes Cuba as having one of the most effective public health systems. The intent is that we build a relationship that allows us to access treatment that benefits Native patients to avoid amputation as a result of diabetes. Our initial focus is on Mohawk patients and Six Nations communities with the vision of nurturing a deeper understanding and sharing of cultural practices and protocols.” Last December, SRMT Chief Beverly Cook and Chief Eric Thompson were given a unique introduction to the Ambassador to Cuba through Katsi Cook,

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Akwesasne to Attawapiskat

On Saturday, April 16th, 2016, a group of Akwesasronon organized a candlelight vigil in solidarity and support of the First Nation of Attawapiskat. In a somewhat flash mob approach, the group marched across traffic in the Hogansburg four corners, to the bridge with signs of hope and support for the First Nation community, in light of their recent surge of suicides in their small Northern territory. Attawapiskat has experienced 44 suicides, including attempts, since March 2016. After the candlelight vigil, a group discussion took place to make plans for immediate and long term actions; from sending letters of encouragement, to sending books with notes written in them, the group also planned for a future meeting to develop further plans to send Attawapiskat more necessary and sustainable provisions. The next meeting is set for April 20th, 2016 at Generations Park at 6PM. All good minds are welcome. Attawapiskat is an isolated

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U.S. Border Patrol arrests illegal alien from India — Community member’s tip leads to capture

Akwesasne Resident’s Tip leads to Border Patrol’s Arrest of an Illegal Alien from India U.S. Border Patrol (USBP) agents arrested an illegal alien from India on Tuesday following a tip from an Akwesasne resident to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Police (SRMTP). According to a press release from the USBP, a concerned Akwesasne community member called the SRMTP to report a suspicious man walking near the Bingo Palace along New York State Route 37 near the international border. SRMTP responded and encountered the man, who he suspected of being neither a U.S. nor Canadian citizen or lawful resident. The SRMTP transported him to the police station and notified the U.S. Border Patrol. U.S. Border Patrol agents interviewed Gurtej Singh, 19, who was unable to produce any immigration documents that would allow him to enter or be present in the United States. The agents arrested Singh and transported him to the

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