Mohawks' Thanksgiving Address may yield to intelligent compromise
These are the opening words to the Thanksgiving Address at the center of a persistent disagreement in the Salmon River Central School District.
"The words that come before all else" had been heard with the daily announcements and Pledge of Allegiance at the main campus and the St. Regis Mohawk Elementary School until a complaint came last year.
The passage was labeled a prayer by attorneys advising the School Board. The lawyers say its recital was a violation of the separation of church and state.
Mohawk students and parents say it is a cultural expression, not a prayer, and should be allowed.