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
George Ciccariello-Maher and Martha Foley in the studio
Apr 03, 2007 — From the outside, Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez looks like a wild Latin revolutionary. He's certainly a provocateur: he's called President Bush "the devil," Condoleeza Rice "illiterate," and the UN the enemy "empire." He cultivates a very public friendship with Fidel Castro. George Ciccariello-Maher is a scholar and St. Lawrence University graduate now spending a year looking at Chavez and the Venezuelan revolution from the inside. He spoke with Martha Foley. 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 20, 2006 — Bush nemesis Hugo Chavez is giving free heating oil to Akwesasne, Daniel Ortega's back in Nicaragua, and Democratic control of Congress could alter free trade with Latin America. The Miami Herald's Andean region bureau chief, Steven Dudley, talks with David Sommerstein about how Latin America's trend of leftist politics could affect us in the North Country. Dudley gives a talk, entitled "Latin America's leftist tilt: how much weight will it have?" tonight at 7:30 in Kellas Hall at SUNY Potsdam. 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