A casino will affect almost every aspect of our lives. Jealousy, competition and gluttony should not rule our culture or economy. Why live unnaturally and unequally, beyond our means?
We should be strengthening our family and community ties, producing our own energy and food and keeping the soon-to-be desperate foreign interests out. Coming is hunger instead of plenty, cold instead of warmth, violence instead of peace. To survive we have to take care of each other.
Many of us elders remember the modest and meaningful life we once had. The men went away to do ironwork and the women and children stayed home and took care of our community.
Having worked in an Indian casino, the harm is easy to see. The house always wins. The work force will be mostly non-natives. Many of us don’t qualify for jobs due to our backgrounds, non-criminal records and not speaking French. Read the rest of this entry
Mohawk Nation News
MNN. Feb. 15, 2010. The source of true equality and everyone having a voice comes from the Ongwehonwe. The elite tyrants are trying to kill it to get control of the world. They want the land and resources of Great Turtle Island. The liberal media in Canada says Mohawks don’t act right because we are not capitalists. Charges of racism are bogus. Our ancestors looked after the helpless refugees from Europe. We never mistreated them.
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper wants to abolish native and communal title and to disperse our communities. He wants to use the Australian repressive model to set up unrestrained exploitation by mining companies and corporate developers.
On September 21, 2006, in the Bennell v. State of Western Australia ruling, the Noongar Aboriginies were affirmed as holding title to Western Australia. They proved they continue to exist and are still part of the land. It was upheld by courts set up by the Australian constitution supervised by the British Privy Council. This affirms us as the ethnic trustees of Onowaregeh/Great Turtle Island.
Shortly after, the Howard government declared a national emergency. 60 Aboriginie communities were put under martial law conditions. Read the rest of this entry
An open letter from the Native Women’s Association of Quebec challenges the band council’s evictions that have been widely reported in the corporate media. As usual the posting of this does not imply endorsement of its positions or analysis. In particular, as a someone who is not a resident of the Kahnawà:ke Mohawk community, I do not know enough about the ongoing situation to be able to judge.
February 8, 2010
Re: Evictions of Non-Native residents
QNW is troubled with the decision taken by the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke (MCK) to evict non-Native residents from the community of Kahnawà:ke, a decision which ruptures the family unit and the community as a whole. It is imperative that clarification be made regarding Mohawk customs as a huge misconception has been conveyed by the MCK that misrepresents all Mohawk people to the public.
Indeed, traditional Mohawk customs dictates that a man who marries a Mohawk woman can and should reside in the woman’s community. According to Mohawk customs, women are the titleholders of the land, a tradition that was undermined by the Indian Act which was originally created to define who was an “Indian” and to keep “white men” from living on “land reserved for Indians”. In fact, adoption of non-Mohawks in Mohawk communities was and still is a common practice and includes ceremonies to welcome new residents, reinforced by an adoption belt thereby securing the individuals rights to live on the territory. But adoption also comes with responsibilities which include learning the language, honouring and upholding the laws and traditions of the Mohawk people and obligations to the adopted clans. Read the rest of this entry