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Courtroom packed for Onondaga Nation homicide arraignment; 2 suspects remain free

Douglass Dowty |

Syracuse, NY -- Spectators packed a courtroom this morning for the arraignment of two men accused of killing an adversary during an April 2016 fight in a gravel lot on the Onondaga Nation.

The crowd included supporters of victim Carl Kettle, 33, of Salamanca, and those there for the two suspects, Jacob Homer and Cree Cathers, both 23 of Syracuse.

The crowd was so large that the judge allowed people to sit in the first row of the courtroom, typically reserved for lawyers and media.

Canada sees dramatic increase in refugees, others walking illegally from NY into Canada

Kira Maddox | The Post-Standard

Small rural roads in northern New York that end near the U.S.-Canadian border are being used by refugees and others to walk illegally into Canada, according to Canadian officials.

Cabs carrying single people or whole families pull up to these open, unfenced paths to Canada. The people inside will unload their suitcases, then walk across the border. Most of the paths only have old "Do Not Enter" signs and small markers to signal where the U.S. ends and Canada begins.

More states are allowing people to carry concealed handguns without a permit

WASHINGTON POST/BLOOMBERG

New Hampshire this week passed a law allowing residents to carry a concealed handgun without a permit, joining a growing number of states that are allowing residents to carry weapons out of sight without a license.

At least 11 states have passed laws allowing the concealed carry of guns without a permit, and 16 states have introduced legislation this year to do the same, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Rifle Association. Gun rights advocates see the laws as the next frontier in Second Amendment rights. But the legislation has been controversial in many places where it has been introduced, with some in law enforcement, politicians and gun proponents arguing that the bills go too far.

St. Regis Mohawk Tribe adds voice to legal fight against Dakota Access Pipeline

THE TELEGRAM

AKWESASNE — The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe has signed onto an amicus brief filed in federal court by a Native American women’s group regarding the Dakota Access Pipeline in North Dakota.

The Tribe signed onto the amicus brief on Tuesday; the brief itself, submitted by the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., was filed by the National Indian Women’s Resource Center (NIWRC).

Narrow, Haggard cleared of criminal allegations by DA Rain

- Massena Daily Courier

CANTON — A St. Lawrence County grand jury has cleared a Canton attorney and former chief assistant district attorneyof allegations of criminal behavior by DA Mary E. Rain.

The special grand jury on Thursday handed up two no-bills following an investigation of possible ethics issues involving Edward F. Narrow, of Dumas & Narrow P.C., and former ADA David A. Haggard, clearing them of any potential charges.

Gillibrand talks about legislation designed to help seniors avoid, report scams

- Massena Daily Courier

MASSENA — U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says new legislation that’s being introduced will assist one of the country’s most vulnerable populations — senior citizens — in avoiding and reporting scams.

Speaking Thursday morning at the Massena Community Center, Sen. Gillibrand discussed the Senior Financial Empowerment Act, which ensures that seniors and their caregivers have access to critical information regarding financial abuse.

Planning & Infrastructure Building Nearing Completion

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE -- Construction of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s new facility to house its Planning & Infrastructure Division is getting closer to being completed. The building is located at 2817 State Route 95 in Akwesasne and was designed by Tisdel Associates and being built by Danko Construction Inc. of Massena, NY. When substantially completed in April 2017, the pre-engineered metal building will include 11,600 square feet of space; 5 vehicle bays, eight work stations, conference room and storage areas. It was designed in accordance with NYS’s Energy Conservation Construction Code and includes high-efficiency lighting and sensors, a radiant floor heating system and roof-mounted solar photovoltaic panels, as well as two distinct areas separated by a fire-rated wall. Demolition of their existing building, former-HAVFD Fire Station #1, located on Gray Street will also be completed by Danko.

Water Resources Program Manager Appointed to International Lake Ontario - St. Lawrence River Board

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Environment Division is pleased to announce that Water Resources Program Manager Tony David has been appointed to the International Joint Commission’s (IJC) International Lake Ontario – St. Lawrence River Board of Control. The two-year appointment was approved by the IJC Commissioners on Tsiothohrkó:wa//January 13, 2017 and is effective from Enníska/February 1, 2017 to Tsiothohrkó:wa/January 31, 2019.

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Adopts 10-Year Strategic Plan

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE —The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe has adopted a ten-year Strategic Plan, titled “Working Together Today to Build a Better Tomorrow,” through Tribal Council Resolution (2016-94). The Strategic Plan identifies the main areas of future direction to help the organization meet the increasing needs of the Akwesasne community for the next decade. It also serves as a tool for community members, external organizations and funding agencies to better understand the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe for what it is today. Effective January 1, 2017 the Strategic Plan is being utilized to better align and coordinate efforts across the entire tribal organization.

Social Services Division Earns Top Ranking for Child Placement

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

AKWESASNE — The community of Akwesasne has long been known for taking care of its own; whether it be supporting our elders, helping a family recover from a tragedy, dealing with the loss of a beloved one, or providing a welcoming home for a young child. Akwesasne is certainly one of the most caring and giving communities and figures released by the New York State’s Office of Children and Family Services for 2015 can back up that claim— the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe’s Social Services Division exceeded statewide rates for placing children in least restrictive home environments.

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