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Akwesasne & the Mohawk Nation

A Mohawk anti-tax billboard on Rt.37
A Mohawk anti-tax billboard on Rt.37

Mohawks Threaten Toll Booths to Offset Tax

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe says it may charge a toll for drivers and Seaway ships to cross its territory. The move would be in retaliation for the federal government enforcing a gas tax that could cost the tribe millions of dollars and hundreds of jobs. As David Sommerstein reports, tribal officials say the tax threatens non-native economies too.  Go to full article

"Contaminated Cove" Update

After a 14-year impasse, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will allow General Motors on to tribal land to clean up an inlet on the St. Lawrence River. Turtle Cove is contaminated with PCBs, a cancer-causing chemical. The EPA ordered the work to be done in 1990. But tribal officials wouldn't allow it because General Motors giant toxic landfill is right next to the cove and they feared the water would get re-contaminated. Different visions of what "clean" means have stalled clean-up of the GM landfill Superfund site near Massena. Listen again to David Sommerstein's report from 2001 on how GM, the EPA and the Mohawks see the PCB problem.  Go to full article
All smiles at King's Marina, Syne (Missy King, right)

Tax Threatens Mohawk Entrepreneurs

When one thinks of business on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation near Massena, casinos, cigarettes, and gas stations usually come to mind. Because native people are exempt from taxation, those commodities have been rare bright lights in an otherwise bleak economic picture in Indian Country. A new federal tax regulation threatens to devastate Akwesasne's gas station industry. As David Sommerstein reports, it may also endanger a fragile entrepreneurial economy that's sprouting up alongside the mainstays.  Go to full article

Conference Challenges Fluoridation

A St. Lawrence University professor is hosting a conference this weekend on the downside of the chemical fluoride. As David Sommerstein reports, Dr. Paul Connett led a...  Go to full article

Mohawks Request Border Security Funding

The maze of islands and St. Lawrence River channels along the St. Regis Reservation near Massena have given the Akwesasne Mohawk community a reputation for smuggling. In the...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Ratify Casino Compact, 11 Years Later

In last minute action yesterday, the Assembly ratified the St. Regis Mohawks' compact for its casino in Akwesasne near Massena. The compact was drawn up in 1993 between...  Go to full article
State Senator Betty Little, R-Queensbury

As Session Ends, Senator Little Eyes Taxes, ATVs & Casino

New York's legislature is log-jammed over a court-ruling that is expected to reshape school funding in the state. Here in the north country, school districts and local...  Go to full article

Disecting the Cayuga Land Claim & Casino Deal

Last week Governor Pataki and the Cayuga Nation, based in the Finger Lakes region, announced an agreement in principle on land claims and a casino in the Catskills. New York...  Go to full article
The bridge between Cornwall and Cornwall Island

Commentary: Let Mohawks Design New Bridge

Plans are moving forward to replace the bridge that soars across the Canadian side of the St. Lawrence River between Cornwall Island and Cornwall, Ontario, near Massena. The...  Go to full article
Lake Ontario fisherman John Rorabeck on Point Traverse

Saving the American Eel

For centuries, the American eel dominated the waters of Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River. Only 50 years ago, the snake-like fish accounted for half of the biomass of...  Go to full article

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