Fw: [Hpn] [ocap] Stand and Support Kanehsatake
William Charles Tinker
Mon, 10 May 2004 06:02:22 -0400
This is very good and informative but has a slant to it!
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----- Original Message -----
From: "unclescam" <email@example.com>
Sent: Sunday, May 09, 2004 10:08 PM
Subject: Re: Fw: [Hpn] [ocap] Stand and Support Kanehsatake
> 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" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> >This is a case of a small Native community standing united against a
> >chief who no longer has the support of the people. The Government of
> >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
> >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
> >to Mohawk tradition when he lost the support of the people. The whole
> >is about sovereignty.
> >The community of Kanehsatake has a long tradition of fending for itself
> >matters such as policing, but Gabriel has been attempting to bring in
> >outside cops from other Native communities and even the RCMP and Surete
> >Quebec (which is known to be one of the most brutal police agencies in
> >country). This situation has been escalating since the early winter and
> >entire community is now in a state of seige.
> >----- Original Message -----
> >From: "unclescam" <email@example.com>
> >To: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >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
> >> oklahoma and where ever the profits of white mens sin are to be
> >> 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
> >> 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" <email@example.com> wrote:
> >> >Actually, from what I understand there is very little division among
> >> >people of Kanehsatake over this current situation. The message
> >> >distributed by OCAP (and forwarded by Bill) came directly from members
> >> >that community.
> >> >
> >> >----- Original Message -----
> >> >From: "unclescam" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> >> >To: <email@example.com>
> >> >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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