Former Akwesasne Notes-Indian Time Editor Carries Olympic Torch
Doug George-Kanentiio, former editor of Akwesasne Notes-Indian Time, was selected by the US Olympic Torch Committee to carry the Olympic Torch as it passed through Syracuse, NY on December 30th.
Kanentiio, the son of the late David George Sr. and Grace Avery-George, was one of 150 torch bearers in Onondaga County. Their task was to carry the Torch though the region as it made its way from Athens, Greece to the site of the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, Utah set to begin in February.
Kanentiio was chosen for his contributions to the Mohawk community and to the discipline of communications. His work was cited by his wife Joanne Shenandoah. She noted Kanentiio was a founding member of the Akwesasne Communications Society which in turn created Radio CKON. He was also a founding member of the Native American Journalists Association in 1984 and was presented with the Wassaja Award for Journalism Excellence by NAJA in 1994. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of the American Indian.
Note was taken of Kanentiio’s family by the selection committee. He is the nephew of the late Angus “Shine” George, one of the greatest lacrosse players of all time as well as a member of an all Native team which played at the 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles. In accepting the honor of carrying the Torch Kanentiio said it was his hope that lacrosse would soon become a medal sport at the Olympics within the next few years with the Iroquois Nationals sure to play a key role. He said he carried the torch in the spirit of Shine George and ran as if his uncle’s hands were around his own.
Kanentiio carried the torch far above his head as he set a quick pace along his Teal Avenue-Court Street route. He was paced by his nephew Katsitenseriio George and cousin Robbie Benedict. His wife Joanne performed two special songs before several thousand people at the On Center in downtown Syracuse in celebration of the Torch and its bearers. Ms. Shenandoah is set to perform at the Salt Lake City Games.