Jukasa News Update – Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Organizers of the Marvin “Joe” Curry Veterans Powwow announced they were cancelling the 2021 event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The powwow was an annual event with a thirty year history prior to being cancelled in 2020 due to the pandemic and again this year for the same reason.
“We had been hopeful to invite our family and friends from across Indian Country back to the Allegany Territory this year, but we feel that it is in everyone’s best interests to instead focus on 2022,” said Seneca Nation Councillor Tina Abrams, co-chair of the powwow committee.
The yearly event honours the memory of all indigenous veterans and is named after Marvin “Joe” Curry, Seneca Snipe Clan, who was a Navy veteran serving in both the Korean War and Vietnam.
In a statement the powwow committee acknowledged the importance of powwows coming back after the devastation the COVID-19 pandemic has had across indigenous communities.
“The powwow is about community and coming together,” Abrams said. “For Native communities, the dancing, the drums, the songs and the culture bind us together. Being able to celebrate with one another and with our neighbors in the local community is especially meaningful. We’re looking forward to a long awaited reunion and celebration next year.”
On Saturday, May 1 at 11:21 PM, while police were on general patrol, a grey 2006 Buick Sedan vehicle was observed to have completely disobeyed a posted stop sign at the intersection of 5th Line Road and Seneca Road.
Police activated their emergency equipment and the vehicle stopped for police directly in front of the intersection of 4th Line Road and Seneca Road. As police were notifying the Communications Centre of the traffic stop, the vehicle fled through the intersection, continuing southbound on Seneca Road.
Police attempted to stop the vehicle but the driver refused and continued travelling at a high rate of speed, southbound on Seneca Road.
The suspect vehicle approached 3rd Line Road and completely failed to stop at the 4-way intersection. Police observed sparks fly from the vehicle from a distance, as it appeared to have lost control. Upon arriving at the collision scene, police observed that the vehicle had entered the ditch. The vehicle also made contact with a hydro pole, which caused the transformer to begin sparking.
Police approached the vehicle which received major front-end damage. All three people involved in the crash were conscious and still inside the vehicle upon emergency services arriving.
A male driver and two occupants were transported to hospital. Hydro One attended and repaired the damage.
The investigation is continuing with several charges pending. No names have been released.
Police are investigating after an early morning crash on Mohawk Road.
Officers say a silver 2010 Dodge Charger was travelling north on Mohawk Road between First and Second Line Road, swerved and lost control. The car jumped the laneway, hit a hydro pole and came to rest in the east ditch.
Paramedics took the driver to Hamilton General Hospital with serious head injuries. The vehicle sustained severe damages.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Six Nations Police.
Three Six Nations people are facing a number of charges after a raid of cannabis dispensary shop on Sour Springs Road Monday where police also discovered cocaine residue. Armed with a warrant, Six Nations Police entered the store that advertised Cannabis and THC for sale.
The Six Nations People’s Cannabis Coalition co-Chair Hayley Doxtator posted to social media Monday afternoon, saying the dispensary was called Upper End Glass and Stash and is a member of the Coalition.
Upon police arrival, one man was located at the front door and another man was in the rear area of the store. Both were taken into custody.
Police said cannabis items were on display at the store.
During the raid, police discovered: large bulk of cannabis bud, edible products containing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), a variety of gummies containing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Vape products containing Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Psilocybin chocolate bars (also known as mushrooms), Cocaine residue, $1,870 in cash and a replica “air soft” hand gun
As a result of the investigation, Tyden Jeffery Hill, 22, of Brantford, and Kaleb Quwade Powless, 19, of Ohsweken, are facing various charges under the controlled Drugs and Substance Act for possession and trafficking of psilocybin and possession of cocaine. They are charged for possession and distribution of illicit cannabis for the purpose of selling under the Cannabis Act.
The female owner, Mona Darlene Racette, 64, of Ohsweken, is charged under the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act for Possession for the Purpose of Trafficking Psilocybin; the Cannabis Act for distributing illicit Cannabis, the Cannabis Act for Possession for the Purpose of Distribution, and the Cannabis Act for Possession for the Purpose of Selling.
All three were released and are expected to answer to the charges in court on July 22, 2021.