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Part of the area to be cleaned up by Perras Environmental Control.  Photo: David Sommerstein.
Part of the area to be cleaned up by Perras Environmental Control. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Massena firm wins GM cleanup bid

A local environmental firm was selected for the next cleanup phase of General Motors' contaminated site in Massena.  Go to full article
Mohawks on Cornwall Island waited to march in support of the Idle No More movement...  Photo: David Sommerstein.
Mohawks on Cornwall Island waited to march in support of the Idle No More movement... Photo: David Sommerstein.

Mohawks march for indigenous solidarity

Akwesasne Mohawks sent the Canadian government a message of native unity on Saturday. Hundreds of people marched across the two bridges from Massena, NY, to Cornwall, Ontario. Several tribal chiefs were among the marchers.

The demonstration was part of a movement called "Idle No More" that's swept across Canada. It protests legislation that many First Nation people say threatens their land and water.

The protest closed the border crossing for several hours. Despite a history of clashes with border officials, the march was a peaceful, family affair, full of drumming and singing.  Go to full article
A protestor at the Idle No More round dance at the Canadian Embassy, Washington DC. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jonathonreed/"> Jonathon Reed</a> CC <a href="http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/deed.en">some rights reserved</a>
A protestor at the Idle No More round dance at the Canadian Embassy, Washington DC. Photo: Jonathon Reed CC some rights reserved

Mohawks plan march on international bridge

A group of Mohawks is planning to march on the bridge to Canada near Massena, NY, and shut down traffic Saturday. The demonstration is a part of an indigenous rights movement that's spread across Canada.  Go to full article
The mobile poultry slaughterhouse under construction. Photo courtesy <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/North-Country-Pastured-LLC/327773893911612">North Country Pastured</a>
The mobile poultry slaughterhouse under construction. Photo courtesy North Country Pastured

Chicken processors nearly on line

Almost ten years ago, a visiting speaker at St. Lawrence University planted a seed. Economist Michael Shuman told an audience that farmers could jolt the North Country economy by producing a lot more meat. "You have a lot more room to produce your own beef cows," Shuman told the Burt Symposium in 2003. "You could produce a lot more of your own pigs. And chickens are not even in the game."

Community leaders have recalled that advice, to have the thousands of local residents who eat chicken buy it from a local farm, many times since.

The idea is about to bear fruit. The first USDA certified poultry slaughterhouses in the North Country are nearly set to begin production.  Go to full article
The former General Motors site in Massena today. Photo: RACER Trust
The former General Motors site in Massena today. Photo: RACER Trust

Massena GM redevelopers "confident" of sale

The biggest cleanup in the country of former General Motors property is underway in Massena. Crews are removing more than 100,000 tons of concrete and soil contaminated by toxic PCB oils.

The cleanup won't be finished for another three years. But the federally appointed trust that owns the property is already bullish on selling it.  Go to full article
Part of the 7.2 mi. contaminated stretch of the Grasse.  Photo by David Sommerstein.
Part of the 7.2 mi. contaminated stretch of the Grasse. Photo by David Sommerstein.

Mohawks seek better Grasse cleanup

The St. Regis Mohawks say the federal government's plan to clean up toxic chemicals from the Grasse River has improved, but it's still not good enough. The Alcoa aluminum plant in Massena dumped cancer-causing PCBs into the river before they were banned in the 1970s.  Go to full article
The Hogansburg Triangle is in pink on this map.
The Hogansburg Triangle is in pink on this map.

Judge sustains part of Mohawk land claim

Native tribes' claims to ancestral lands in New York haven't fared so well recently. In 2005, the U.S. Supreme Court essentially dismissed the Oneida Nation's land claim, saying too much time had passed since the 18th century treaties the claims are based on. Other courts have followed that ruling with other tribes' land claims.

So this week, when a judge recommended throwing out 85% of the Mohawk land claim in St. Lawrence and Franklin counties, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe focused on the 15% that has a chance to survive. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Curt Christman of North Country Memorials. Photo: David Sommerstein
Curt Christman of North Country Memorials. Photo: David Sommerstein

Heard Up North: Etching memorials at Seniorama

You might think that selling custom made gravestones would be a little uncomfortable at a gathering of senior citizens. But that's exactly what one man was doing at the recent Seniorama in Massena, and he's today's Heard Up North.  Go to full article
Local laborers protest the hiring of out-of-state, non-union workers at Alcoa Massena Operations to repair a building damaged by fire last March. <br />Photo: Sky Woman Media<br />
Local laborers protest the hiring of out-of-state, non-union workers at Alcoa Massena Operations to repair a building damaged by fire last March.
Photo: Sky Woman Media

Ironworkers angry about outsourced Alcoa recovery work

Labor unions, tribal leaders, and the mayor of Massena gathered at the Alcoa Plant in Massena Thursday. They're concerned the company is bringing in ironworkers from Texas, instead of hiring locally.

There was a fire at the plant last spring, and Alcoa is rebuilding the roof of its caste house.

Alcoa hired a company called Fluor(Floor) of Irving, Texas to do the work.
Rob Cole is business manager of Iron Workers Local 440 in Massena. He says the Alcoa hasn't spoken with them directly about the issue. But his union called Fluor, and the company told them they were hiring Texas workers for the job.  Go to full article

NY21: Owens works senior vote in Massena

Senior citizens vote at higher rates than the rest of the population. So they'll be key to the eventual winner of the North Country's 21st Congressional district. And issues important to seniors, like health care law and Medicare, will take front stage until November.

Democrat Bill Owens' campaign has been ratcheting up the debate with Republican Matt Doheny on Medicare. Owens himself reached out to senior citizens at the Seniorama expo yesterday in Massena.  Go to full article

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