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History Thrives in Williamstown

As Mohawks we are taught from infancy to honour our elders, abide by the traditional teachings and accept our ancient values as given to us across the generations. One of the most profound...

 

Edge of the Woods Ceremony: The Basis for the Two Row Wampum

Long before the arrival of the Europeans to Anowara:kowa (Turtle Island or “America”) the Iroquois had established rituals to welcome individuals and groups to their territory.  These rituals...

 

Tonto and the Lone Ranger: the Mohawk Connection

The Tonto and the Lone Ranger movie features Johnny Depp playing a Comanche native but the first actor to play the role was a Mohawk of the Six Nations territory in southern Ontario.  His stage name...

 

Mohawks in the War of 1812

As the War of 1812 dragged on through the spring of 1813 many Iroquois were uncertain as to which side they should fight. The British forces had suffered defeats when the colonial capital at York...

 

On May 17 The People Have a Duty to Stand in Defense of Freedom

No Nation may exist when its claim to sovereignty is contradicted by its refusal to abide by its legal and moral principles. Canada and the US have entered into binding contracts with the aboriginal...

 

How to Spend the $8,400,000 Cultural Settlement

Alcoa and General Motors announced March 27th that an agreement had been reached regarding their culpability in destroying the environment and undermining the traditional lifestyles of the Mohawk...

 

Defending Our Hunting, Gathering and Fishing Rights

The case of Roger Thomas should be of great interest to all Mohawks.  If an inferior court in St. Lawrence County is allowed to qualify, if not outright eliminate, the aboriginal hunting, fishing...

 

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...

 

Guest Editorial

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...

 

Guest Editorial

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...

 

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