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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...

 

The Roots of Rez Life

By Doug George-Kanentiio The Laws of Burgos were enacted by Spain on December 27/1512 in response to the massive slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Native people in the Caribbean by the Spanish...

 

Ray Cook: Mohawk Patriot

By Doug George-Kanentiio I have been asked about my thoughts regarding the passing of Ray Cook, a man I had known for over 40 years. He was one of the most passionate of writers, a believer in the...

 

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 attune to th...

 

Indian Day School Litigation: Another Empty Promise?

By Doug George-Kanentiio I attended the April 29 session at Kana:takon in which Jeremy Bouchard, an attorney with the Gowling law firm in Ottawa, made his pitch to have former students of the...

 

The Cannabis Controversy

By Doug George-Kanentiio I have written previously the current issues involving the use of cannabis and its attendant controversy began with the racial fanaticism of Harry J. Anslinger, the director o...

 

Troublemaking: A Mohawk Tradition and the Heroes of Alcatraz

By Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk One of the more admirable traits of the Mohawk people is the ability to shake things up, to disturb the complacent, to agitate, confront and demand. It was...

 

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