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Alcoholic’s Daughter, a rocky roller coaster ride

If you pick up David Sherman’s book and you happen to know him personally, even just a little bit, you can’t help but read the Alcoholic’s Daughter like it was his personal memoir, with the base, of course, strong fiction writing. How much of it was pure truth, smattered with colour

Kanesata’ké:ha dictionary’s second edition released

Elder Harvey Gabriel has translated the Bible and many other forms of scripture, but in order to share his knowledge of the language to a broader audience, he launched a dictionary back in 2014 to serve as a guide. Once it came out he soon realized a second edition would be

Protestors halt construction at site

When Ellen Gabriel showed up at the Collines d’Oka just outside of the Village of Oka, a non-Native development in the shadow of the famed Pines in Kanesatake, she was incensed at what she saw: another hole being dug for the foundation of a new home, despite continued calls to

Land dispute continues as Oka adds fuel to fire

(Photos by Ambre Giovanni, The Eastern Door) As Kanehsata’kehró:non rolled in on Tuesday morning at a disputed site just outside the Village of Oka, they noticed the new street names and stop signs. So they decided to erect some of their own. “Saviez-vous que c’est une terre contestée?” read one, while another simple read

Kanesatake gears up for another fight

Ellen Gabriel and Oka mayor Pascal Quevillon argued over who had rights to disputed land Wednesday. (Photos by Peter Phillips, The Eastern Door) When Ellen Gabriel passed by an area outside of what is the present-day village of Oka, on the edge of the famous Pines, she noticed a large cluster

Poker Palace offers classy place to play and eat

Stanley Myiow's plan was always to come back bigger and better, and with Poker Palace, a more modern poker house with an upscale restaurant, he's accomplished his goal. (Photos by Jessica Deer, The Eastern Door) Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Stanley Myiow said it was all part of his

“Bad” Brad returns to boxing ring after 20 years

It doesn't get any better than having your dad watch you win. (Courtesy Brad Gabriel) Over the course of “Bad” Brad Gabriel’s fighting career – which includes kickboxing, MMA and boxing – he’s always had that awe factor. He pulls people out of their seats just by stepping into the ring. Not necessarily

Casino project has supporters, detractors

Unanswered questions. That’s what came out of the media’s meeting with Lee Thompson and his supporters, for his proposed new water park/hotel/casino. The plan, according to the proponents, was to get a petition into the community two weeks ago to gauge support, and, if 850 people signed, the project would go ahead,

Celebrating 25 years of telling your stories

What does it mean when an independent Onkwehón:we newspaper makes it to 25 years in operation? First off, it’s important to consider this: without a free press that asks the tough questions and covers the difficult stories, free of any influence from outside forces (including the Mohawk Council or anything that

The Eastern Door is just hitting its stride

As The Eastern Door turned 25 yesterday,  I wanted to take a look back at what the paper has meant to me and, from what I can gather, Kahnawake. Kenneth Deer owned the Door for 16.5 of those years and I, the current editor/publisher, have owned it for 8.5 and counting

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