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 Guest Editorial    April 24, 2014

Rainbows, Thunder Beings and the Origins of Humans

By Doug George-Kanentiio The origin of the rainbow in Iroquois cosmology is explained in the “Iroquois Creation Story” by the late John Mohawk-Satsisowah of the Seneca Nation. Mohawk edited a...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    April 3, 2014

CBSA Buildings Abandoned Under Mohawk and Canadian Law

The question of what to do with the Canadian Border Security Agency buildings on Kawehnohkowanen:ne need not be a complicated one to answer. Under Mohawk laws of possession, the CBSA was given a...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    March 27, 2014

What Makes a Mohawk?

In these days of rapid, often overwhelming change the need to be anchored in culture and community becomes critical. If one is to stand against these technological and social waves there must be...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    February 27, 2014

Land Claims and the Politics of Fear

One of the most profound teachings of the Mohawk people is that we exist in a place and time within a universe which is responsive to who we are as human beings. We have been given the gift of life...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    February 13, 2014

Why Not an Aboriginal Hockey Team at the Olympics?

John Chabot, former National Hockey League player and citizen of the Algonquin nation, has an idea whose time has come. He believes that the indigenous nations of North America have the talent to...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    November 27, 2013

So You Want to Honor Our Native People by Keeping the Washington Redskins?

1. The Washington DC area is the homeland of which native nations? 2. Which of the four major sports were invented by Native people? 3. Which football teams played the first game in which the forward...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    November 14, 2013

The Mohawks and the Battle of Crysler's Farm

In the fall of 1813 the war between Britain and the US was stumbling towards a stalemate. The Americans under US Secretary of War John Armstrong had developed a strategy to invade the provinces of...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    October 24, 2013

Akwesasne and the Battle of Chateauguay

 In the fall of 1813 the Mohawks of Akwesasne were once again at the perilous position. Formal hostilities between Britain and the United States had resulted in war the previous year. Akwesasne was...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    October 10, 2013

Camp Gabriels: A Historic Opportunity for the Mohawk People

Four years ago New York State closed Camp Gabriels, a minimum-security compound operated by the state’s Department of Corrections. Originally a sanitarium for tuberculosis patients, later a part of...

 
 By Chief Beverly Cook    Guest Editorial    October 10, 2013

Working Together to Stop Violence

She:kon sewakwe:kon Akwesas:ronon. October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe joins these efforts by hosting the...

 
 Guest Editorial    September 26, 2013

Why, and How, We Removed the Saltine Warrior

By Doug George-Kanentiio Akwesasne Mohawk In the winter of 1977, I was a student from Akwesasne attending the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. I was planning to transfer back to the northeast...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    August 29, 2013

Akwesasne Notes and the late Willie Dunn

Every composer or performer makes a choice as to the style and type of music by which they will be defined.  For aboriginal artists it can be a difficult one as they balance culture and...

 
 By Darren Bonaparte    Guest Editorial    August 15, 2013

The Disputed Myth, Metaphor and Reality of Two Row Wampum

As a Mohawk historian who uses wampum belts to tell our story, I have always loved the Two Row Wampum Belt and its metaphor of the native canoe and Eu...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    August 8, 2013

History Thrives in Williamstown

As Mohawks we are taught from infancy to honour our elders, abide by the traditional teachings and accept our ancient values as given to us across the generations. One of the most profound...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    August 1, 2013

Edge of the Woods Ceremony: The Basis for the Two Row Wampum

Long before the arrival of the Europeans to Anowara:kowa (Turtle Island or “America”) the Iroquois had established rituals to welcome individuals and groups to their territory.  These rituals...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    July 3, 2013

Tonto and the Lone Ranger: the Mohawk Connection

The Tonto and the Lone Ranger movie features Johnny Depp playing a Comanche native but the first actor to play the role was a Mohawk of the Six Nations territory in southern Ontario.  His stage name...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    June 20, 2013

Mohawks in the War of 1812

As the War of 1812 dragged on through the spring of 1813 many Iroquois were uncertain as to which side they should fight. The British forces had suffered defeats when the colonial capital at York...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    May 9, 2013

On May 17 The People Have a Duty to Stand in Defense of Freedom

No Nation may exist when its claim to sovereignty is contradicted by its refusal to abide by its legal and moral principles. Canada and the US have entered into binding contracts with the aboriginal...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    April 18, 2013

How to Spend the $8,400,000 Cultural Settlement

Alcoa and General Motors announced March 27th that an agreement had been reached regarding their culpability in destroying the environment and undermining the traditional lifestyles of the Mohawk...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    March 21, 2013

Defending Our Hunting, Gathering and Fishing Rights

The case of Roger Thomas should be of great interest to all Mohawks.  If an inferior court in St. Lawrence County is allowed to qualify, if not outright eliminate, the aboriginal hunting, fishing...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    February 7, 2013

The Mohawks and the Battle at Ogdensburg

Throughout the autumn and winter of 1812-13 the residents of Akwesasne were being drawn into the war between Britain and the US. Since the controversial Seven Nations of Canada treaty of 1796 there...

 
 By Doug George Kanentiio    Guest Editorial    January 10, 2013

Idle No More Actions: Why the Natives are at the Point of Outrage

There are good reasons for Canada’s Native people to be at the point where frustration, impatience and anger rush together in a blend of powerful emotions bordering on rage. It is to the credit of...

 
 Guest Editorial    December 20, 2012

Guest Editorial

There is still a political and social fight for the VAWA. Although it is at a stalemate in US Congress, last week congressmen introduced H.R. 6625, a new stand-alone House version of VAWA, which...

 
 Guest Editorial    December 13, 2012

A Son Lost: A Father’s Words

By Mark Kawesoton Light Reprinted with permission from Indian Country Today I haven’t written anything in a long time. This time of year is always hard on our family. I want to take some time to...

 
 Guest Editorial    December 6, 2012

Konon:kwe Council: Resilience From Our Roots

By Beverly Cook Reprinted w/ permission from Indian Country Today Our determination to survive as distinct Indigenous peoples comes from the will of our ancestors. They suffered unspeakable crimes to...

 

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