Fw: [Hpn] [ocap] Stand and Support Kanehsatake

unclescam unclescam@buskers.org
Sun, 9 May 2004 22:08:53 -0400 (EDT)

all true, but historical perspective.this is not just a year in the


this leads to the next quote

"Weary of a life in perpetual transit, a few Mohawk entrepreneurs began
selling tax-free gasoline and cigarettes to native and non-native
customers along Akwesasne's main thoroughfare, Route 37. The
commercialization of these hard-won treaty rights has been controversial
since gas stations and smoke shops began to proliferate in the 1980's,
followed by high-stakes bingo and casinos that further divided the
community at the same time as they brought much-needed jobs to the area.
In the shadow of these much-publicized events, a web of international
smuggling networks began to spring up on the highways and waterways that
pass through Akwesasne, complete with hijackings, murders, nightly gun
battles, and corrupt law enforcement officers. Relations between the
elected and traditional councils were already strained by generations of
ideological differences; the influx of fast cash and a materialistic
lifestyle brought on by the new "economy" only heightened those
differences. These internal conflicts have erupted in just about every
Iroquois community since the 1980's, setting back our efforts to
rebuild our nations and make them strong in the face of mounting
external pressures.

Today, it may seem to the outsider that Akwesasne is nowhere nearer to a
solution to these fundamental differences in philosophy. But it is hoped
that the revival in interest in our unique history and cultural heritage
will help to make Akwesasne Mohawks aware of the great difference the
"path of peace" has made in our ancestors' lives and become a
unifying force for the future. That path has become encumbered by weeds
of late, but there is still time to clear the way for the generations
yet to come. "


On 5/9/2004, "Graeme Bacque" <gbacque@colosseum.com> wrote:

>This is a case of a small Native community standing united against a former
>chief who no longer has the support of the people. The Government of Canada
>wants this character (whose name is James Gabriel) to remain in power. So
>the real fight is this small indigenous community standing up to a
>colonialist government which in this case is using a single traitor in order
>to maintain its control over these people.
>Among other things, Canada's Indian Act imposes a European model of
>government on Indigenous communities. Gabriel was properly deposed according
>to Mohawk tradition when he lost the support of the people. The whole thing
>is about sovereignty.
>The community of  Kanehsatake has a long tradition of fending for itself on
>matters such as policing, but Gabriel has been attempting to bring in
>outside cops from other Native communities and even the RCMP and Surete du
>Quebec (which is known to be one of the most brutal police agencies in the
>country). This situation has been escalating since the early winter and the
>entire community is now in a state of seige.
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "unclescam" <unclescam@buskers.org>
>To: <hpn@lists.is.asu.edu>
>Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 5:29 PM
>Subject: Re: Fw: [Hpn] [ocap] Stand and Support Kanehsatake
>> if there's little division, who is fighting who ?
>> yes i saw the story and have followed it for many years.
>> the same process is going on in western new york and in pine ridge and in
>> oklahoma and where ever the profits of white mens sin are to be divided.
>> greed is good. it divides the people and keeps them from pressing for
>> real progress. if you saw the california fire stories part of it was the
>> inability of one faction to afford the rebuilding of thier casino/bingo
>> hall because the other faction refused to pay for the insurance. in
>> Washington state the people live in slums(tacoma) while the casino
>> faction lives high on the res and the others can't afford to live there
>> any more.
>> in connecticut, foxwoods, the indian childresn are still not given an
>> adequate education. this is economic not tribal war.
>> On 5/9/2004, "Graeme Bacque" <gbacque@colosseum.com> wrote:
>> >Actually, from what I understand there is very little division among the
>> >people of  Kanehsatake over this current situation. The message
>> >distributed by OCAP (and forwarded by Bill) came directly from members of
>> >that community.
>> >
>> >----- Original Message -----
>> >From: "unclescam" <unclescam@buskers.org>
>> >To: <hpn@lists.is.asu.edu>
>> >Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 4:51 PM
>> >Subject: Re: [Hpn] [ocap] Stand and Support Kanehsatake
>> >
>> >
>> >>
>> >> now bill,
>> >> perhaps you're conversing with one on the other side.
>> >> there are at least two factions with thier own facts, probably more.
>> >
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