New York elementary school to be named in Mohawk

Students at a new elementary school in Shenendehowa, New York, are being asked to choose a Mohawk name for their school.

The finalists are Akwekon, meaning everybody, all or everyone; Kanata, meaning community, town or village; and Shatekon, or eight, the number that represents a balanced life, according to The Albany-Times Union.

Mohawk was chosen because the school is located in traditional Mohawk territory. The names were checked with the Akwesasne Freedom School for Mohawk Language School Immersion.

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Students voting on name (The Albany Times Union 3/8)