Massena, New York 2003

With the reciting of a traditional Mohawk thanksgiving prayer in their native language on June 5, 2003, Native American children from the nearby Akwesasne Freedom School simultaneously launched Massena's Ten Million Trees program and a new wetlands project on the facility's premises.

The Alcoa Wetlands Project, which will foster wildlife habitat and provide increased educational and recreational opportunities, included the planting of a black ash stand (approximately 4,000 black ash and 3,000 companion species). Massena selected the black ash because of its major cultural importance to the nearby Akwesasne Mohawk Community. Once completed, the Alcoa black ash plot will be among the largest stands of such trees ever planted and will provide the tribe with material for basket making and medicinal purposes.

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A portion of Massena's newly created wetland area and black ash stand.

Words That Come Before All Else

Read the traditional Mohawk Thanksgiving Address (prayer) that was recited at Massena's Ten Million Trees and wetlands ceremony.