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The Birth of the Akwesasne Mohawk Police

By Doug George-Kanentiio Akwesasne is a community which, for decades, was policed by external agencies. On the Canadian side there was the Royal Canadian Mounted Police with assistance from the...

 

Walking 100 km for Joey Commanda

By Doug George-Kanentiio On the evening of September 3, 1968 Joey Commanda, a 13-year-old Algonquin boy, was struck and killed by a commuter train in the west end of Toronto as he was making his way...

 

Why Wear Orange

By Doug George-Kanentiio People ask why the residential school survivors, their respective families and supporters wear orange. Mohawk Nation faith...

 

The Mohawk People Have Spoken

By Doug George-Kanentiio. On July 1 the Akwesasne community demonstrated in the most powerful way its desire to address the terrible effects residential schools have had on the people and to support...

 

More Mass Graves Will be Found and Healing at Akwesasne

By Doug George-Kanentiio When I was interred at the Mohawk Institute (the mush hole) we lived in a state of constant hunger. It was difficult to sleep at times with an empty stomach which could only...

 

Why I Challenge the St. Regis Tribe and the MCA

By Doug George-Kanentiio On May 28 the New York Times reported the possible location of the graves of 215 Native children at the former Kamloops Residential School in British Columbia. The...

 

Natives Have the Highest Rate of Death by Cops

By Doug George-Kanentiio I, along with millions of others, watched the trial of Derek Chauvin, 45, charged in Minneapolis, Minnesota for the killing of George Floyd, 46, on May 25, 2020 before numerou...

 

Natural Law versus the Tribe and MCA

By Doug George-Kanentiio Akwesasronon are aware of the strict limitations as to the powers and authority of the St. Regis Tribal Council and the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne. As entities created by...

 

What is a Nation?

By Doug George-Kanentiio. Exactly what is a nation? According to international law a nation is a group of people with a common culture, history, language and identity who inhabit a defined land area...

 

Akwesasne Must Have More Land

By Doug George-Kanentiio In Germany they called the push for more territory “lebensraum” or “living space”, a drive to expand that nation as a natural consequence. It was first used by Oscar P...

 

Why Do We Need Chiefs?

By Doug George-Kanentiio It is well established, and universally acknowledged, that the Rotinonshonni (Haudenosaunee Six Nations Iroquois) created a unique system of governance based upon natural law...

 

Mohawk-Iroquois Leaders in History

©by Doug George-Kanentiio Over the course of our history, we have had many leaders during peace and war. Most of us know of Captain Joseph Brant, Cornplanter, Hendricks, Red Jacket, Handsome Lake,...

 

The Power of Names: Truth and Common-Sense Demand Changes

By Doug George-Kanentiio As we all know there is great power in what we name, in what we elect to use to identify who we are. We are taught by traditional custom that the natural world is attuned to...

 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the Iroquois: A Tragic Legacy

By Doug George-Kanentiio Perhaps it is not that the late US Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hostile to Indigenous people but that in her legal career they had no presence, no bearing....

 

Origins of the Phrase: As Long as the Sun Shines

By Doug George-Kanentiio Recently I watched the film “Little Big Man” which remains one of my favorite movies given the outstanding performance by Chief Dan George of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation...

 

Confederacy Takes in Many Nations: We Are Many Peoples

By Doug George-Kanentiio “I think no institutional achievement of mankind exceeds it (the Confederacy) in either wisdom or intelligence” John Collier, US Commissioner of Indian Affairs 1933-1945...

 

Wrestling at the Point and George Floyd

By Doug George-Kanentiio There is appropriate anger in the US over the killing of George Floyd in May, caused by a chokehold and compression on his neck by former Minneapolis police officer Derek...

 

Chief Thunderwater

Source: By the Cleveland Historical Team Submitted by Doug George Oghema Niagara of the band Pishqua, tribe Osauckee of the Algonquin nation, was...

 

On the American uprising of 2020

By Doug George-Kanentiio That an American police force assaults and kills a member of an ethnic minority is not unusual for Native people who have endured murderous and deliberate violence applied...

 

What was life like at Akwesasne in the year 1300?

By Doug George-Kanentiio A recent question came up in the Quora forum asking what life was like in North America in the year 1300. This is my response for Akwesasne specifically: Breathing clean air,...

 

On the American Uprising of 2020

By Doug George-Kanentiio That an American police force assaults and kills a member of an ethnic minority is not unusual for Native people who have endured murderous and deliberate violence applied...

 

COVID-19 and American Racism: A Mohawk Perspective

By Doug George-Kanentiio Akwesasne Mohawk I was fortunate to work with a highly skilled, compassionate and effective group of first responders called the Akwesasne Emergency Team. A volunteer, mostly...

 

How the Mohawks Responded to Historical Plagues

By Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk When I was growing up on Akwesasne Mohawk Territory there were social habits which reflected an historical response to the devastating communicable diseases...

 

The Myth of Band Council as First Nations

By Doug George-Kanentiio In Canadian lore, the raconteurs of old spoke of La Chasse Galerie (the flying canoe) and among the Mohawk the Raksothas (grandpas), told scary stories about the Flying Heads...

 

Australian Fires Underscores the Need to Act Native

By Doug George-Kanentiio Akwesasne Mohawk In 2016 I wrote a column about the situation at Standing Rock and the ecological harm coming about through the use of fossil fuels. I cited an Iroquois prophe...

 

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