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Revised Version: MCK remembers contributions to Kanienkeha:ka language efforts of the late John Moshal


The Mohawk Council of Kahnaw�:ke wishes to offer condolences to the family of the late John Moshal, who died earlier this week at his home in Durban, South Africa. Mr. Moshal had a long relationship with Kahnaw�:ke through his position as owner of Microgaming, a world leader in gaming software development.

A noted philanthropist, since 2002 Mr. Moshal donated thousands of dollars to essential local language initiatives, such as the Ratiwennahn�:rats adult language program and the Rosetta Stone Kanien�k�ha software still in use today. He most recently donated $50,000 per year to Ratiwennahn�:rats for the five-year period from 2017-2022, which funded the creation of a second class for the program. Discussions were planned to see a further extension of the funding for a further five years.  

�The late Grand Chief Joseph Tokwiro Norton and I were fortunate to meet with John personally at his home in Durban a few years back,� said Oh�n:ton �:iente ne Ratits�nhaienhs (Grand Chief) Kahsennenhawe Sky-Deer. �He was proud to contribute to our language revitalization efforts, and made it very clear that our relationship was very special to him. He was a very generous man who will be greatly missed by his wife, his sons, his brother and their families. Though very few people in Kahnaw�:ke actually knew John, his impact had a positive impact on many of our people, and that impact will be felt for years to come.�

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