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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...

 

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

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...

 

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...

 

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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At the meeting held by the EPA last Thursday, November 15, Remedial Project Manager Young Chang behaved disrespectfully and made what was a gesture of indifference obvious to anyone present. I am...

 

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October 23, 1812: The Skirmish at St. Regis Two hundred years ago today, one of the early skirmishes in the War of 1812 took place, but there are no re-enactments taking place where the clash...

 

Decolonization Slog

By Ray Cook, Opinion Editor Reprinted with permission from Indian Country Today Media Network October 8, 2012 I am trying to write this day without mentioning the lost European’s name. There are...

 
 By Ray Cook    Opinion    September 27, 2012

Alcoa Was Once a Friend to Akwesasne Mohawk Territory

I remember looking through a book on Massena (Akwesasne Mohawk Territory) history, studying the pictures and seeing my uncle, Noah Cook. It was 1922. Uncle Noah had to have been 18 or so years old at...

 

The Dark Side of the ‘Trust’ Relationship and Plenary Power

August 23, 2012 In 1942, the renowned legal scholar Felix Cohen famously wrote about the Spanish origin of Indian rights in the federal Indian law conceptual system of the United States. The two conce...

 

Mohawks Have been in the Rockies a Long Time

Some years ago the late Ernie Benedict told me a story about a group of Mohawks from Akwesasne and Kahnawake who had paddled west many generations ago.  They were expert canoeists and trappers hired...

 

Domeland Security and the Attack of the Drones

Given that a capitol dome is part of what constitutes domination of and by “the State,” it makes sense to talk in terms of ‘The Domeland,” rat...

 

PEACE & DIGNITY JOURNEY 2012 Dedicated to the Water

After attending the Gathering of Condolence, Peace & Strength in Cass Lake, Minnesota on June 18 – 23, Sahonwese Elijah, a Mohawk of Akwesasne, set...

 

The War of 1812 Could Have Been the War of Indian Independence

June 18, 2012 marked the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812, a war all but forgotten in American history books. But what did that war mean for this country’s Indigenous Peoples? The War of 1812...

 

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Decision in Favor of Winnebago Tribe Was Overdue By Charles Kader June 29, 2012 - On June 18, 2012, in a New York courtroom, in picturesque St. Lawrence County, a decision was reached in a legal...

 

The Mohawk People at the Time of Kateri Tekakwitha “One Who Puts Things Together” 1656-1680

The Mohawk territory during the 17th century was over 11,000,000 acres or 17,200 square miles in size. It consisted of that land south of the St. Lawrence River (including present day Montreal) to...

 

The Essentials of CKON By One of Its Founders

Radio CKON was designed to serve the needs of the Akwesasne Mohawk community, to encourage the growth and retention of our culture, to provide a Mohawk perspective on historical and current events,...

 
 By Kenneth Deer    Opinion    May 31, 2012

The Role of Indigenous Men in Ending Violence Against Women

One of the agenda items at the just concluded UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues was “Combating violence against Indigenous Women and Girls.” The title was a bit counter-productive, using a...

 

Guest Editorial

Here we are, another Tribal election. Another opportunity to straighten out another year’s misdeeds. To be clear, we are talking about Council. The Tribe, I am not worried about. The programs and...

 

Violence Against Women Act: Overdue Justice for Native Women

On April 26, 2012, the Senate passed S. 1925, the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2012, with broad bipartisan support. Title IX of the bill would restore concurrent tribal criminal...

 

Junior Seau, Suicide and Spirituality

I was watching SportsCenter the other day and some news hit me right between the eyes: Junior Seau, Samoan phenom, committed suicide. Seau was always...

 

Living in a Time of Predicted Changes

One of the more remarkable things about Mohawk culture and its teachings are the set of teachings referred to as prophecies. From the formation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy to the present time...

 
 By Ian Oakes    Opinion    April 26, 2012

IGA Closure: We can do better

As May approaches, with it comes the imminent closure of the First Americans First IGA. The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe said, “Continuing to subsidize the IGA operation is no longer feasible....

 

Exactly What Was Needed

Some people may have thought what Kanietekeron did was extravagant. You could say he took the saying “actions speak louder than words” to heart. But allegedly driving a backhoe through a fence to...

 
 By Ray Cook    Opinion    April 12, 2012

A Thought from the Wilderness

When I sat down to write this column, I wanted to tell you about how well ICTMN is doing in promoting our (Indigenous) interpretation of the world through presenting our view of news, events and...

 

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