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Letter to the editor... TU 5/14

Ward Stone has helped Mohawks

First published in print: Friday, May 14, 2010
We would like to express our utmost gratitude to state wildlife pathologist Ward Stone for all that he has done to help the Mohawk people. He has been a strong advocate for the health of Mohawks, especially at Akwesasne.

In the 1980s, Katsi Cook, a midwife from Akwesasne, the Mohawk reservation near Massena, contacted Stone and expressed concern about the effects of industrial pollution on the health of the people who reside there.

Stone found extremely high levels of PCBs, insecticides and other toxins in area fish and wildlife. His work led to irrefutable proof that the dumping of contaminants by nearby factories was responsible for the high level of PCBs found in mother's milk at Akwesasne. As a result, the people at Akwesasne are benefitting from the awareness of what needs to be done to maintain a healthy environment for the generations to come.

Stone has worked tirelessly not only as a strong and dedicated spokesman for the animals, insects, fish, birds, water, air and Mother Earth, but he also has spoken up for the health and welfare of the people of the Northeast.

Niawenko:wa (thank you), Ward Stone.

Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter

Bear Clan Mohawk

Fonda

Kay Ionataiewas Olan

Wolf Clan Mohawk

Saratoga Springs

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