Hogansburg, NY, Mar 07, 2013 — Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez is stirring up as much controversy after his death as he did during his life.
Chavez was a strident opponent of the United States. But he also helped many poor people, even in the U.S.
Republicans slammed New York Democrat Jose Serrano yesterday for praising Chavez on this point. Under Chavez, Venezuela's national oil company, CITGO, donated 200 million gallons of home heating oil to low income Americans, including to Mohawks in Akwesasne.
David Sommerstein reported on the program in 2006. He checks back in for our Story 2.0 series, where we revisit stories from the NCPR archive. Go to full article
Jan 07, 2009 — A piece of news yesterday brings us the next installment of our new series, "Story 2.0". We're revisiting stories from the North Country Public Radio archive to see what's happened since. CITGO, the U.S. branch of the national oil company of Venezuela, is stopping shipments of free heating oil for poor families in America's cities. That word came yesterday from the non-profit organization that distributes the fuel. CITGO also donates free heating oil to native tribes, including the Akwesasne Mohawks. The company has given away $1.5 million in heating oil to Mohawk families. David Sommerstein was there in 2006 when CITGO began the program, sparking some geopolitical controversy. Go to full article
Mohawk chief Jim Ransom addresses his Venezuelan guests.
Nov 30, 2006 — Leaders of the St. Regis Mohawks and eleven other tribes from Maine and Minnesota gathered in Akwesasne Tuesday night to give thanks to an unlikely source. CITGO, the U.S. branch of the national oil company of Venezuela, is giving the tribes hundreds of thousands of gallons of free home heating oil this winter. The offer is a part of CITGO's program to help low-income Americans in 16 states heat their homes. As David Sommerstein reports, the gift is simple; its consequences may not be. Go to full article
Nov 02, 2006 — The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is getting a big gift from South America. Venezuela's state-owned CITGO oil company is offering free home heating oil to residents who live on the U.S. side of the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation. David Sommerstein reports. Go to full article