North Country Live: Fall Series!

Indigenous Voices - Akwesasne sessions planned on Zoom

Following a successful series of summer sessions focused on wellness, personal finance and Black History in the Adirondacks, North Country Live will shine light this fall on the history, traditions, and challenges faced by Indigenous Peoples, particularly the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe at Akwesasne. 

North Country Live: Fall Series!, sponsored by North Franklin Federal Credit Union, will be held via Zoom. The presentations are free but you must register in advance to receive the Zoom invitation, and you must create a free Zoom account to participate.

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Oct. 1, 7 p.m. -- Part One:  The Early History of Akwesasne (Click to view)

 At the dawn of the Seven Years War, a new indigenous community was established on the St. Lawrence river, which was then part of New France.  The Jesuit priests who established a mission there named it St. Regis, but the Mohawks and other natives called it Akwesasne, or "where the partridge drums."  Warriors from the new village fought alongside the French throughout the conflict, but eventually made peace with the British during the conquest of 1760. During the American Revolution, most but not all sided with the British, which also happened in the War of 1812.

Oct. 15, 7 p.m. -- Part Two: Akwesasne in the Nineteenth Century (Click to view)

In the War of 1812, Akwesasne was not only divided by American and British sentiments, but by an actual border drawn through their village.  Conflict over this line disrupted the peace of the community for many years.  The 1800's was a time of tremendous change for the community, as American and Canadian settlements began to increase all around it. By the end of the century, outside governments imposed an elective form of government on both sides of the border, which resulted in a resurgence of old leadership traditions and a cultural revival that continues today.

About Darren Bonaparte: 
Darren Bonaparte is the director of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe's historic preservation office.  He grew up in Akwesasne and has studied its history for more than thirty years.  He is the author of several books and articles and a frequent presenter at schools, colleges, and universities.  His website, The Wampum Chronicles, has been online for 21 years.

Oct. 29, 7 p.m. -- Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Akwesasne

Moderator Bruce Kelly will lead a guided discussion with panelists on the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and Saint Regis Mohawk Health Services. Panelists will share their experiences and perspectives related to responding to this pandemic at Akwesasne. There will be a brief question and answer period during the last part of the program. 


North Country Live: Fall Series is sponsored by North Franklin Federal Credit Union 
North Franklin Federal Credit Union

If you have a question about North Country Live: Fall Series, contact 
Selina LeMay-Klippel, the college’s coordinator of career and technical education programs and curriculum development.


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