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Voices Lecture Series Discusses Issues Facing Today's American Indian

CONTACT: Steve Mullen (518) 629-8063
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, October 31, 2002

Sakokwenionkwas ("The One Who Wins"), a member of the Bear Clan, Mohawk Nation of Akwesasne (St. Regis) will speak on issues affecting today's native peoples on Thursday, November 7 at Hudson Valley Community College. Sakokwenionkwas' presentation, part of Hudson Valley's "Voices: A Library Lecture Series," will speak twice, at noon and at 1 p.m., at the Bulmer Telecommunications Center auditorium. Admission is free.

Also known as Tom Porter, Sakokwenionkwas recently founded the traditional Mohawk community of Kanatsiohareke in Fonda. He was the Secretary of the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs from 1968 to1976 and the acting sub-chief for the Tehanakarine Chieftainship title, one of the nine chief titles of the Mohawk Nation at Akwesasne, from 1971-1992.

Porter has won several awards for his work. He was recognized by Cornell University at the 2001 Iroquois Conference for his hard work in trying to make things better for his nation. In 1992, the city of Milwaukee awarded Porter the Twenty-First Gamaliel Chair in Peace and Justice. The award recognizes individuals who dedicate their lives to the pursuit of peace and justice. He also was given the Indian of the Year award from the Thunderbird of American Indian Dancers of New York.

A graduate of Saint Lawrence College in Cornwell, Ontario, Porter has written two books, Tsiniionkwarihotons and Clanology. He is a fluent speaker and writer of the Mohawk language and can also understand Oneida and other Iroquois dialects.

Hudson Valley Community College, located in Troy, offers more than 50 degree and certificate programs in four academic divisions: Business; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Science; and Liberal Arts and Sciences; and an Educational Opportunity Center for academic and career training. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 11,000 students, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and workforce training.