AKWESASNE — The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council is proud to announce they have donated $100,000 (USD) on Seskéha/August 2, 2022 to support the Haudenosaunee Everlasting Academy of Learnings (HEAL). The funds will be used to create a healing lodge run by Della Adams and Eddie Gray, who both recently retired from the Traditional Medicines Program at the Kanonhkwa’tsheri:io Health Facility after 23-years of service in Akwesasne.
“Our shared experiences have allowed us to build the most successful, credible, and sought-after traditional healing program across Turtle Island. Since our retirement we continue to receive requests for traditional teachings that help individuals reach their highest level of holistic healing,” said Della Adams on the ancestral knowledge that Eddie and herself provide to clients. Adams added during the check presentation, “We offer our sincere appreciation and say ‘Niawen:kówa/Thank you very much’ to the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribal Council for supporting our efforts to offer a healing lodge in the Akwesasne community.”
The Tribe’s donation was made available through the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) Fiscal Recovery Funds. It will be used to create a healing lodge to share traditional knowledge of medicines, ceremonies, healing sessions, workshops, and teaching seminars, to name just a few offerings to be provided. It will also help cover operational costs associated with utilizing traditional knowledge holders and practitioners, medicine men, ceremonial conductors, cultural counselors, and support for cultural activities and supplies.
“We were delighted to receive a funding request to help support the Haudenosaunee Everlasting Academy of Learning through the ARPA Fiscal Recovery Funds. The newly created academy will serve all Onhkwehon:we in their physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual development; as well as help train the next generation of traditional healers. Creating healthier individuals helps create a healthier community,” shared Tribal Council.
For more information, please see the Haudenosaunee Everlasting Academy of Learning’s Facebook Page titled “HEAL”, or visit them at 1516 River Road in Akwesasne, Quebec. You may also email them at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Della at (315) 842-1756 or Eddie at (315) 250-9357.