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A map of the Mohawk land claim.
A map of the Mohawk land claim.

Franklin County has the next move in Mohawk land claim deal

A federal appeals board has ruled the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe can make 39 acres of land it owns part of the Akwesasne reservation.

The tribe has used the land as a garbage transfer station for more than a decade. But it's technically within the borders of Franklin County, just west of the town of Fort Covington. The tribe originally petitioned to have the parcel added to the reservation seven years ago.

The details of the transfer will remain unclear until Franklin County decides what to do about a proposed settlement to the larger Mohawk land claim. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Akwesasne Mohawk collage artist, musician and poet Alex Jacobs at a display of his work in Santa Fe, New Mexico.  Photo: Todd Moe
Akwesasne Mohawk collage artist, musician and poet Alex Jacobs at a display of his work in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Photo: Todd Moe

A Santa Fe artist with roots in Akwesasne

Alex Jacobs is a Native American visual and performing artist who has called Santa Fe home for almost 30 years. But he hasn't forgotten his roots in Akwesasne, the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation in northern Franklin County. Jacobs first travelled to the southwest as a student at the Institute of American Indian Arts, where he graduated in 1977. In the 1980's, he supported his family as an ironworker and has also been an activist, broadcaster, musician, poet and art teacher.

Todd Moe met Jacobs while touring the farmers' market at the historic Santa Fe Railyard this summer. His fabric collage works of art resemble brightly colored paintings. It's his own technique - "painting" with fabrics - that combines elements from New Mexico with the quilt-making traditions of his Mohawk mother and grandmother. He still visits family in the North Country, but also enjoys the challenge of creating art in the southwest and navigating Santa Fe's busy arts community.  Go to full article
Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein
Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein

St. Lawrence, Franklin counties receive revenues withheld by tribe

The Watertown Daily Times reports this morning that St. Lawrence and Franklin counties each received $1.8 million yesterday, gambling revenue withheld by the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe in a dispute with NY state.  Go to full article
Chief Paul Thompson speaking at Wednesday's press conference, with Chief Ron LaFrance (left). Photo: David Sommerstein.
Chief Paul Thompson speaking at Wednesday's press conference, with Chief Ron LaFrance (left). Photo: David Sommerstein.

Mohawk chiefs hope casino pact paves way for more land

On Tuesday, Governor Cuomo and the chiefs of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe announced a surprise deal in Albany. It grants the Mohawks' exclusive gaming rights in the North Country. In return, the tribe will resume sharing millions of dollars in casino revenue with New York State and St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. That after a three-year dispute.

Yesterday, the chiefs were back in Akwesasne, holding a press conference at their brand new hotel and casino expansion.

They called Cuomo "sincere". They said it was the promise of resolving the Mohawks' 31-year old land claim that made the gaming pact possible.
David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein
Akwesasne Mohawk casino. Photo: David Sommerstein

What the Mohawk casino deal means for the North Country

Mohawk tribal chiefs joined Governor Cuomo in Albany yesterday to announce a new deal on casino exclusivity.

They signed off on settling a long-running dispute over revenues from the Mohawks' Akwesasne Casino near Massena. In return, the Mohawks will get exclusive gaming rights in the 8-county North Country region.

David Sommerstein joined Martha Foley to sort out what the deal means for the North Country and the Mohawk land claim.  Go to full article
The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view
The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view

"Community comes together" after Herkimer shooting

It was 25 hours between the time a shooting spree started in a small town Barber Shop, and a shootout with police in an abandoned building, that led to the death of 64-year old Kurt Meyers. State Police Superintendent Joseph D'Amico says police had tried to coax Meyers out of the building during an all-night standoff, before deciding to go after him soon after daybreak.  Go to full article
The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view
The car wash in Herkimer where two people were killed Wednesday. Photo: Google street view

Residents "puzzled" about why Herkimer suspect went on shooting spree

Update: The AP reported at about 8:40 this morning that police had killed suspect Kurt Myers in a shootout. Details and updates on this story in the Inbox blog.

Residents of southern Herkimer County are puzzled about why a 64-year-old loner allegedly went into a barbershop and opened fire in a burst of violence that would eventually leave four dead and two critically wounded Wednesday.

Hundreds of police are locked in a standoff with suspected gunman Kurt Myers in the village of Herkimer this morning.

David Sommerstein joined us for the latest on the situation.  Go to full article
St. Regis Mohawk tribal government building in Akwesasne. Photo: David Sommerstein.
St. Regis Mohawk tribal government building in Akwesasne. Photo: David Sommerstein.

How the sequester could affect Mohawk health care

The effects of across the board federal spending cuts - known as the sequester - are still being sorted out. Mohawks in Akwesasne are bracing for cuts to health care and law enforcement.  Go to full article
Then Chief Jim Ransom introducing CITGO officials in 2006. Photo: David Sommerstein.
Then Chief Jim Ransom introducing CITGO officials in 2006. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Story 2.0: Mohawks give thanks to Venezuela's Chavez

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
A market in Hogansburg, now part of the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation, circa 1920. Photo courtesy Indian Time.
A market in Hogansburg, now part of the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation, circa 1920. Photo courtesy Indian Time.

Listen to Beatrice Jacobs, 100, tell stories of Mohawk life

A memorial service was held yesterday for a Mohawk woman who lived to be 100 years old. The family of Beatrice Jacobs says she's lived a healthy life at a nursing home in Snye for the last ten years.

According to her obituary, Jacobs worked in the cafeteria at St. Regis Mohawk School, and later with the Warner Brothers Corset Factory in Massena. She won a "Woman of the Year" award from the local Professional Women's Club and helped found an advocacy group for senior citizens of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe.

David Sommerstein met Jacobs in 2000, when she agreed to tell him some stories about what life used to be like in Akwesasne. One was a wintertime story about crossing the frozen St. Lawrence River to Ontario, for work, trade, and dancing.  Go to full article

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