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Lewis Hine's famous photograph of Mohawk Ironworkers in NYC.
Lewis Hine's famous photograph of Mohawk Ironworkers in NYC.

Honoring Mohawk "Skywalkers"

A special ceremony will pay tribute to Akwesasne residents who helped build--and clean up--the World Trade Center in New York City. The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe will honor the tradition of Mohawk ironworkers this weekend with concerts and celebrations. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Chief Jake Swamp looks on while his grandson, Frank, hammers a log to loosen strips for basketmaking.
Chief Jake Swamp looks on while his grandson, Frank, hammers a log to loosen strips for basketmaking.

Spreading a Legacy of Harmony

This week the Tree of Peace Learning Center in Rossie in western St. Lawrence County hosts an annual workshop series called the Sacred Circle. It brings together people to teach and learn about a variety of native issues, from how the Iroquois document history to native burial mounds in Ohio.

The Tree of Peace Society was founded two decades ago by Mohawk Chief Jake Swamp. Its mission is to recover and pass on Mohawk and other tribal culture and philosophy. David Sommerstein went to the learning center in Rossie to talk with Chief Swamp.  Go to full article

Jake Swamp: A Story of Warning

Chief Jake Swamp tells the story of a Mohawk prophet called "Handsome Lake".  Go to full article

Pataki Bets on Casinos for Upstate Economy

As Governor Pataki tours Upstate New York in his campaign for a third term, he's been announcing economic development initiatives as he goes. One creates a $100 million dollar seed fund for new projects Upstate. But as David Sommerstein reports, half of that money is to come from native-owned casinos that have yet to be built.  Go to full article

An Alternative School Where The First Language Comes First

For more than 20 years, students on the Akwesasne Mohawk reservation have had a choice. Lots of kids go to a regular English language elementary school. But some students attend a traditional private school, where instruction is in Mohawk. Brian Mann met with students from the Akwesasne Freedom School this week and has our story.  Go to full article

Native Tribes Want to Keep Land & Casino Talks In-State

Three native tribes in New York are pressuring Governor Pataki to negotiate land claim and casino deals only with in-state tribes. Two tribes in Wisconsin are also seeking land and gaming compacts in New York. David Sommerstein has more…  Go to full article
The US-Canada border on tribal land in the town of St. Regis is marked only by a small stone obelisk.
The US-Canada border on tribal land in the town of St. Regis is marked only by a small stone obelisk.

Akwesasne: Two Countries, One Nation and the Border

As the federal government seeks to beef up border security since September 11, it's begun working with tribal governments to make patrolling these areas more effective. The lands of the Akwesasne Mohawks near Massena are actually split in two by the U.S-Canada border. As David Sommerstein reports, the area highlights both the challenges of border security on and near reservations and some new initiatives in border patrol.  Go to full article

Mohawk Nation Radio Keeps the Language Alive

David Sommerstein profiles CKON-FM, Mohawk Nation Radio at Akwesasne. Last year, CKON began broadcasting Mohawk language classes over the air.  Go to full article

Mohawk and US Officials Investigate Akwesasne Smuggling Incident

St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police are working with U.S. investigators to determine how seven people smuggled several pounds of marijuana and over two thousand dollars of counterfeit money into the country. Most of the alleged smugglers live on or near the St. Regis Mohawk reservation near Massena. David Sommerstein has the latest in the case.  Go to full article

Keepers of the Eastern Door: Mohawk Singers and Dancers

Last week, a group of Mohawk singers and dancers performed at SUNY Plattsburgh. The Keepers of the Eastern Door come from Kahnawake, a small town in Quebec on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River. Their performance mingles tradition with the dancers' personal styles. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

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