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Treaty rights win in Supreme Court

There was a major win for treaty rights in the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, as the court ruled in favor of the Crow tribe hunting case, Herrera v. Wyoming with a vote of 5-4.

Crow tribal citizen Clayvin Herrera was off-season hunting in January 2014 when he followed and killed an elk in Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming. It's off the tribe's reservation in unceded territory. State officials charged Herrera for hunting without a state license.

Andrew Cuomo declares state of emergency over high water in eight counties

ABRAHAM KENMORE - Watertown Daily Times

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo Monday declared a state of emergency for eight counties affected by rising water levels on Lake Ontario, including Jefferson, Oswego and St. Lawrence.

The state of emergency declaration runs through Sept. 1, and directs a number of state agencies to protect state property and assist local governments and residents. It also imposes a speed limit of five miles an hour on boats within 1,000 feet of shore to reduce waves, although the order does not apply to the St. Lawrence River.

Frequent wet, cold weather delays crop and produce planting

MARCUS WOLF - Watertown Daily Times

Frequent and excessive rainfall in the past month has inhibited farmers from planting their crops on time, which can have long-term consequences on their operations.

Saturated farm fields across the north country, including some with puddles like in Twin Mill Farms, Lisbon, prevent producers from planting seedlings of corn, soybeans, vegetables and other goods without compacting the soil. Dairy farmer Blake P. Gendebien, who co-owns Twin Mill, said the rain, compounded with cold weather that prevents his fields from drying, placed him two weeks behind schedule for planting corn, which he usually finishes by May 25.

KINSELLA: JWR plans to 'tell all' if gag order lifted

Warren Kinsella - Standard Freeholder

The truth.

She says it’s true — the actions of the Liberal Prime Minister should be “of great concern for many Canadians, across the country.”

She says, truthfully, that Justin Trudeau has acted in a way that is “questionable.”

She says what happened her is “a wake-up call” — and, while she’s not happy about what Justin Trudeau did to her, she’s running again.

Akwesasne Mohawk Police close out police week fishing with kids

Jaclyn Hall - Standard Freeholder

The Akwesasne Mohawk Police Service closed out a series of events marking police week on Saturday, with a Kids ‘n’ Cops fishing event held in the St. Lawrence River near the St. Regis Recreation Centre.

Kids got to choose which bass boat they wanted to ride on, with gear and the time provided by several community sponsors.


Amish groups cancel meeting with St. Lawrence County legislators over traffic-safety proposal

SUSAN MENDE - Massena Daily Courier

CANTON — St. Lawrence County legislators were supposed to meet with Amish elders Tuesday to talk about a proposal to improve the visibility of their buggies and wagons, but the meeting was called off because the Amish bishops couldn’t reach a consensus among their communities.

Legislature Chairman Joseph R. Lightfoot, R-Ogdensburg, told fellow legislators that Amish leaders had been approached about the idea of attaching a strip of white reflective tape to the wheel spokes on their buggies. Markings would also be placed on the device that connects the vehicle to the horse.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe finalizes ballot for June 1 election

The Telegram

AKWESASNE — The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has released a final list of candidates who will appear on the June 1 ballot for four tribal offices.

Only two of those offices will be contested.

Incumbent Tribal Council Chief Beverly Cook will be running for a third term; her opponent, Monica Jacobs, is a former tribal council chief.

Akwesasne doesn't win the Smart Cities Challenge

Alan S. Hale - Cornwall Standard Freeholder

OTTAWA — Although the community worked extremely hard for two years on its proposal for the competition, Akwesasne was not chosen as one of the winners of Infrastructure Canada’s first-ever Smart Cities Challenge.

The First Nation had been picked as a finalist for the small community category of the nationwide competition for its proposal to use modern technology to address the high rates of diabetes on its reserve by improving access to medical services and healthy food. When it came time to announce the winners, it was Bridgewater, N.S., that won that category.

Preliminary assessment of Massena Memorial Hospital shows extent of hospital’s financial difficulties

BOB BECKSTEAD - Massena Daily Courier

MASSENA — A preliminary assessment of Massena Memorial Hospital by St. Lawrence Health System showed the extent of the hospital’s financial difficulties.

St. Lawrence Health System President and Chief Executive Officer David B. Acker met with the hospital’s Board of Managers on Wednesday to review the assessment.

“Upon commencing the assessment work it was immediately evident that the Hospital had virtually no funds with which to continue operations. Vendors could not be paid within any reasonable amount of time,” officials said in their report.

Heredity or hoax?

Jorge Barrera and Tiffany Foxcroft

When Louis Côté became suspicious of a Toronto-based laboratory that tests people's DNA to determine their ancestry, he decided to try an experiment by submitting a sample from his girlfriend's dog for analysis.

According to the results, Côté shares more than a friendship with Snoopy the chihuahua; they share the exact same Indigenous ancestry.

"I thought it was a joke," Côté said. "The company is fooling people … the tests are no good."

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