Indigenous Women Position on Canada-US-Mexico Borders
MNN. Nov. 12, 2009. AIM-West is hosting a 40th year commemoration in San Francisco on November 24 to 28th, 2009. A major player was from Akwesasne, Richard Oakes when AIM took over Alcatraz Island. The Treaty of Laramie 1868 affirmed that all abandoned federal facilities irrevocably revert to the Indigenous people. Shortly afterwards Oakes was beaten with a pool cue and went into a coma. Not long after recovering he was shot dead. A main topic will be the militarization of the north and south borders on Great Turtle Island. [www.aimovement.org]
Two years ago the Mohawks went to Tohono O’odham [Arizona], an Indigenous community on the US-Mexico border. Censored News wrote on the second anniversary of this trip. http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com
Let’s hear it for the Mohawks!
What a great time I had watching this video of the Mohawks ripping out this [Canada-US] border marker with a backhoe [at Akwesasne]. Reminded me of when the Mohawk Warrior Society came to the Indigenous Border Summit in Tohono O’odham in November 2007. The Mohawks were horrified over the building of the border wall, the CAGE outdoor migrant prison and the federal US spy tower. The Mohawks spotted the US Border Patrol arresting a pitiful group of tiny Mayans, [who had just crossed the desert] mostly women and children. The Mohawks jumped out of the cars and rushed the Border Patrol, who fled like scared dogs with their tails between their knees. Sadly, the pitiful migrants were smashed into the back of the vehicle. They became another group of desperate and hungry Mayans arrested on Tohono O’odham land by the white agents of darkness, the US Border Patrol. –Brenda Norrell
The Kohtihon’tia:kwenio [Women] of the Kanion’ke:haka [Mohawk Nation] position on the border will be presented at the forthcoming AIM conference.
KOHTIHON’TIA:WENIO BORDER POSITION TO:
The Invaders of the Western Hemisphere, all their criminal agencies and departments, their international terrorist allies and the useless United Nations [the Kaianerehkowa supercedes their Charter and the Constitution of the US].
RE: Inherent right of Rotino’shonni:onwe to traverse Indigenous lands of Onowaregeh, Great Turtle Island, and beyond without hindrance from invading aliens.
Creation placed us on Great Turtle Island. We cannot forfeit ourselves or our territory. We survived mass murder, chemical and biological warfare, starvation, physical and mental torture, lies, ignorance and genocide.
According to Wampum 44 of the Kaianereh’ko:wa, we, the Kohtihon’tia:kwenio [Women] hold the land, water and air of Onowaregeh for the future generations. Canada, US, Mexico and all the other colonists are corporate franchises of Europe, not governments.
a] WHEREAS the Kaianereh’ko:wa [Great Law of Peace] and the Guswentha [Two Row Wampum Agreement] provide that we are free, autonomous and equal; we reject these artificial capitalist borders created by corporations that illegally divide up our lands and steal our resources; they can’t be sovereign because they are foreigners.
b] WHEREAS we reject these colonists making unlawful restrictions on our freedom.
c] WHEREAS the UN Charter requires its members to respect the principles of equality and self-determination of all peoples; and to resolve differences peacefully.
d] WHEREAS these foreign franchises have ascribed to the internationally recognized standards for respecting political, economic and human rights of the People as set out in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the Convention on the Prevention of Genocide, United Nation Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and other international legal instruments.
e] WHEREAS General Assembly Resolution 1541 [XV] requires the informed consent of the people before they are included in another state; and the international Court of Justice affirmed this Resolution in the Western Sahara case. We have never legally or voluntarily become part of the squatter society.
f] WHEREAS according to Article 15 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Sections 1 and 2, every nation has a right to its nationality; and no foreigners can restrict our travel, trade and commerce throughout the Western Hemisphere.
g] WHEREAS it is universally illegal for these foreigners to usurp our inherent sovereignty over ourselves, our territories, resources, air and water.
h] WHEREAS foreign invaders cannot make demands for us to carry foreign passports or identity; they must respect our relationships and agreements.
i] WHEREAS the Red Card and the Haudenosaunee Passport identifies a person as Rotino’shonni:onwe, Six Nations, of Onowaregeh; we are free to pass and re-pass by land, water or air on our territories; we are free to carry on all relationships with whomever we chose without interference; no foreigners shall extort taxes, duties or fees from us.
j] WHEREAS these foreigners and their military backed regimes must provide redress for the violations of our rights; and stop threatening, harassing and punishing us in their illegally imposed judicial-prison system.
k] WHEREAS torture is premeditated, systemic and scientific to break down our dignity, social fabric and foment terror; and these detentions violate fundamental human rights and morality.
l] WHEREAS the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights provides that no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of their life, freedom or possessions; we demand that these usurpers stop murdering and detaining our people for crossing their imaginary line.
m] WHEREAS the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples has been adopted by a majority of 144 states; international law has affirmed that all Indigenous peoples are to be treated as equals; and we accordingly claim our inherent sovereignty, human rights and fundamental freedoms without being subjected to forced assimilation, destruction of our culture and undermining of our nations.
WE, THE KOHTIHON’TIA:KWENIO INFORM YOU THAT THIS IS FULL AND FAIR NOTICE THAT:
Canada, US, Mexico and other colonial franchises and agents cease violating our authority; disrespecting our nations; cease and desist violating our laws; deal with us as nations as required under both our laws and international law; any individual or foreign entity wishing to discuss any issues with our nations must go through proper diplomatic channels, which are the Governor General of Canada and the Presidents of the US and Mexico.
TO PROTECT OUR PHYSICAL INTEGRITY AND LEGAL RIGHTS, WE DEMAND THAT:
1] Canada, US, Mexico and all other franchises, corporations and agents cease violating our inherent rights and laws, ancient customs, traditions and agreements.
2] Murder and torture violate internal and international laws and the principles of the Kaianereh’ko:wa and Guswentha;
4] Should they continue to breach our rights, we shall take measures to correct the injustices.
5] It is not acceptable to abuse people on any basis. Colonial lawlessness must end.
KOHTIHON’TIA;KWENIO of Kanion’ke:haka fo the Rotini’shonni:onwe.
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MOHAWK CASES: Canada was challenged the Supreme Court of Canada – Kanion’ke:haka Kaianereh’ko:wa Kanon’ses:neh v. Attorney General of Canada and Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Ontario, Court File: 05-CV-030785.
This constitutional jurisdiction issue was brought before the Supreme Court of the United States [No. 05-2005] in re: Kanion’ke:haka Kaianereh’ko:wa Kanon’ses:ne, Non-party, Petitioner/Movant/Appellant, The Canadian St. Regis Band of Mohawk Indians, Plaintiffs, Respondents v. The State of New York, Defendants, Respondents. Petition for Writs of Certiorari and Quo Warranto with Prohibition and Mandamus in Aid to Prevent Genocide. Rules 17.1 and 20.1.
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