Articles written by Doug George-kanentiio

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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...

 

We Should Give Sanctuary to Natives from the South

By Doug George-Kanentiio When I watch the reports of the thousands of people coming north from their homelands in Central America I do not see Hondurans, Guatemalans, El Salvadorians; I see...

 

Who Decides Who is Mohawk?

One of the basic rights of any people is to decided who, and who is not, a member. This determination is done among families, religious groups, fellowship lodges, motorcycle clubs and nations. It is o...

 

Enbridge Challenged by Natives

Credit goes to the Mohawk leadership for trying to find a way to relieve the extraordinarily high utility rates paid by homes throughout Akwesasne. Those costs take a major bite out of the budgets...

 

Who Endures?

There are many stories regarding survival in rough times. Here is one. There once was a man who lived in fear about the future. He foresaw a time when there would be hunger and poverty, when the...

 

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