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The Sacket Mansion (ca. 1802) now the Visitors' Center
The Sacket Mansion (ca. 1802) now the Visitors' Center

A Walking Tour of Sackets Harbor: Battlefield, Bay and Barracks

Saturday is National Trail Day, designed to promote public awareness of trail systems throughout the country. Next week, New York's Seaway Trail kicks off a series of guided tours along the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence shoreline. The Seaway Trail Walks will focus on the region's history, architecture and folklore. Todd Moe tours historic Sackets Harbor, one of five villages hosting Seaway Trail Walks this summer.  Go to full article

Mohawk Election: An Historical Perspective

David Sommerstein talks with Jon Parmenter, St. Lawrence University professor of history, about the history of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council and what's at stake in Saturday's election.  Go to full article
Campaign placards crowd Rt. 37
Campaign placards crowd Rt. 37

Tribal Election Tests Mohawk Politics

The Mohawks of Akwesasne have reached a defining moment in their history. The tribe is preparing to vote on a proposed settlement to the Mohawks' decades' old land claim and a chance to build a new casino in the Catskills. Some members say it's the best possible deal and they want to move on. But others say they can do much better and heal a divided community in the process. As David Sommerstein reports, a tribal election this Saturday will test the deal's popularity and the tribe's political system.  Go to full article

Tribe Separates Land Claims from Casino/Tax Deal

Facing pressure and protests from critics, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council announced over the weekend it would separate land claims from casino and taxation issues in a sweeping deal signed with Governor Pataki last month. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

School Budgets Up For Vote

It's been a rollercoaster ride this spring for New York's educators. Governor Pataki proposed a billion and half dollars in cuts to school aid. The state legislature passed a budget that restored much of the money. Pataki vetoed that budget. The legislature overrode the veto. School budget votes were delayed by two weeks to give the political wrangling time to run its course. Now people are readying to approve or reject their schools' spending plans next Tuesday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Ogdensburg Considers River Boardwalk

Ogdensburg city officials are talking with a consulting firm about the cost of building a boardwalk along the St. Lawrence River. Both groups met last week to look at four plans developed for the boardwalk.  Go to full article

States Tackle Wetlands Protection

In response to a 2001 Supreme Court ruling, the Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers say they will remove Federal Clean Water Act protection for small wetlands that are considered "isolated" from larger waterways. That leaves it up to the states to decide whether or not to protect them. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Corie Wright has more on what Great Lakes states are doing to protect their wetlands.  Go to full article

Relief, Mistrust Among Mohawk Neighbors

The announcement of a landmark deal between Governor Pataki and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe is starting to sink in amongst the tribe's neighbors. The agreement addresses tax parity and casino issues. But in the areas around the Akwesasne reservation near Massena, the big news is a proposed settlement to the Mohawks' claim that New York illegally took 15,000 acres of land in the 18th century. Today non-native residents own that land near the St. Lawrence River in northern St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. As David Sommerstein reports, some people are taking things in stride; others with trepidation.  Go to full article
Chief Alma Ransom, Chief Paul Thompson, Sub-Chief John Bigtree, Jr., Sub-Chief Harry Benedict, & Chief Hilda Smoke (absent)
Chief Alma Ransom, Chief Paul Thompson, Sub-Chief John Bigtree, Jr., Sub-Chief Harry Benedict, & Chief Hilda Smoke (absent)

Mohawk Chiefs Talk about Land/Tax/Casino Deal

Mohawk tribal chiefs spoke publicly yesterday for the first time since signing a landmark memorandum of understanding with Governor Pataki Monday. If it survives a long approval process, the deal would settle land claims, allow a Mohawk casino in the Catskills, and establish tax parity with non-native convenience stores. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Chief Alma Ransom on Historic Deal with State

David Sommerstein talks with Mohawk Chief Alma Ransom about why she signed the historic, but controversial, memorandum of understanding with Governor Pataki.  Go to full article

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