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In American Music Where are the Natives?

By Doug George-Kanentiio (November 11, 2019) The music of America was rightfully indigenous for thousands of years prior to the arrival of the immigrants from the east. Not only drums and flutes but...

 

The Failures of Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Process

By Doug George-Kanentiio Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, that $60,000,000 effort designed to address the “cultural genocide” we, the former ‘inmates’ of the residential schools...

 

It is Not Enough to Vote No on Dundee

By Doug George-Kanentiio Under traditional custom when an issue is presented to the people requiring their approval or denial everyone, regardless of gender or age, has a right to be heard. However,...

 

Is the Dundee Tsi:karistisere Deal the Best We Can Do?

By Doug George-Kanentiio Some years ago, when I was a member of the Mohawk Nation Land Claims Committee, the State of New York, then led by Governor Mario Cuomo, offered us a deal to resolve the theft...

 

20th Teiohsénhseronte Onkwehón:we Rotinonhsón:ni Ratihsennowá:nens

Rahiá:tons: Doug George-Kanentiio Kanón:no Ohstoronón:ke Tsi Thonten'nikonhroria'táhkhwa nahé:'a ié:keskwe tánon takahsetánion iahá:khewe...

 

20th Century Iroquois Heroes

By Doug George-Kanentiio I was at the New York State Fair recently and took an informal poll as to who the Onkwe think are our great heroes of the 20th century. It was most interesting to listen and...

 

US Rep. Claudia Tenney A No Show on Native Issue

By Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk When current US Rep. Claudia Tenney began her campaign for national office there was hope among many Native people that she would become an advocate for thos...

 

Invasive Cormorants Creating Havoc at Akwesasne

By Doug George-Kanentiio During the weekend of June 16-17 many Akwesasnorons took to the area’s waters to enjoy the early summer by swimming, fishing and cruising the rivers and touring the...

 

The Maple: Chief of All Trees

When the Creator - Sonkwaiatison (in Mohawk) - planted the trees of the world a decision was made to make Wahta (the Maple tree), the chief of all trees. Not only did the maple carry the words of...

 

Harry Anslinger, Marijuana and Akwesasne

Who was Harry Anslinger (1892-1975) and how did he come to have a deep effect on the Mohawks of Akwesasne? To begin with we need to understand the product Mr. Anslinger director of the US Federal...

 

On the Demise of Indian Country Today

©By Doug George-Kanentiio In September of this year Indian Country Today, a weekly online information entity, announced it was suspending operations after 36 years in business, first on the Lakota...

 

Spirit Game: Pride of a Nation Film Review

From the beginning, when the Iroquois emerged as a distinct people thousands of years ago, they played lacrosse. It was a sport influenced by the observation of the natural world, of those species of...

 

The Peacemaker as an Astronomer

Consider this: the Peacemaker had to have had formal training as an astronomer and mathematician. How else could he have managed to time the birth of the Confederacy with the total eclipse of the sun?...

 

A. Paul Ortega, Native Music Legend, Passes On

I had the great fortune to know A. Paul Ortega, the Apache musician and traditional healer who died on May 17 at his home in Mescalero Territory, New Mexico. Paul was a legendary musician who gave...

 

Mohawks are "Squatters" According to Local Real Estate Company

The General Real Estate Company (www.generalrealestate.us), with an address on Frogtown Road in “Hogansburg” NY has a curious, and controversial property listing with the cite of MLS #158999. The...

 

United Nations Marks 10th Anniversary of the Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

For two days, April 27-28, my wife, Joanne Shenandoah, and I attended the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues in New York City. There were a number of events to mark the 10th...

 

What Would the Peacemaker Do?

Over 875 years ago Skennenrahowi, the Peacemaker, brought his instructions to the warring Iroquois in an effort to persuade our ancestors to abandon violence and revenge as a response to disputes. He...

 

Akwesasne History Summit Should be One in a Series

Last week’s History Summit chaired by Peter Garrow was one of those unique opportunities to share information and ideas as to one of the most important elements of Mohawk life. More so than most...

 

Reacting to the Sixties Scoop Case

On February 14 Ontario Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba made a historic ruling by holding Canada responsible for the pain and suffering endured by over 16,000 Native children taken from their...

 

Haudenosaunee at the January 21 Women's March at Seneca Falls

Seneca Falls, NY is located within the ancient boundaries of the Cayuga Nation, a member of the Iroquois Confederacy, the Haudenosaunee. It is also the birthplace of the movement towards securing the...

 

Basic Gear for Peacekeeping: the Iroquois Experience

Our Iroquois people have decades of experience living through political and social crisis whether in stand offs with the police or organizing protests on a national and local scale. We have been, like...

 

A New Era of Anti Native, Anti Earth, Anti Women Begins

Beyond most predictions the worse candidate for the US presidency in the nation’s history has emerged as the victor, elected by an American people who voted against their own interests and in utter...

 

Aboriginal Imposters Can Cause Harm

Over the years there have been many non-Natives, enamored by aboriginal culture, who have posed as Natives. Some have done so with sincerity and others for personal gain. While many of these...

 

Native Nations and US Elections

For the Native Nations affected by the upcoming US elections hinge on the following two paragraphs of the Constitution: This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in...

 

Visiting in Former Times

One of the skills we seem to have lost, or discarded, over the past couple of generations is the art of the visit. Before the arrival of the electronic age the Mohawks of former times relied on...

 

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