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The tragic fact is that of all ethnic groups this country's Indigenous people have the highest rate of death by cop.
According to the priests who taught at Akwesasne, our ancestors were uncivilized savages and pagans. Perhaps that was not a bad thing at all.
In Canada and the U.S., Native people have been attacked and died at the hands of the police, at times in the most brutal of ways.
The magnitude of this epidemic is yet to be fully realized but what it does is to further expose the naked reality of entrenched racism in the U.S. and this most rotten core of the national experience.
When I was growing up on Akwesasne Mohawk Territory there were social habits which reflected an historical response to the devastating communicable diseases which came close to wiping out our ancestors.
Go to the hell you tried to create for us on this earth.
Let us begin by acknowledging the fact that band councils are not First Nations while beginning the process of restoring our peoples to true national status.
In Australia, that semi-arid land where the sun shines most of the year, the Black Serpent has come to rest.
In effect, reservation life begins with the Laws of Burgos, issued by the Kingdom of Spain more than 500 years ago.
Ray Cook was one of the most passionate of writers, a believer in the viability of his heritage and one committed to a long standing tradition among his people.
If we are to break the chains of 'federal trust' and colonial 'paternalism' we must know our opponents and have a strong command of our collective histories.
Among the traditional Mohawks there is a special appreciation for the strawberry plant -- called Niihontesha.
The current movement to outlaw abortion is perceived by the Iroquois as an attempt by men to control the birthing process and to return women to their former condition of servitude.
I know one thing: we must not cede our rights to be heard and to demand justice.
An end to infighting is in sight if we can stand and see it beginning with the demanding what is ours.
The Iroquois invented maple syrup and the technology which went into taking sap and making it into that most delicious of sweeteners.
Stick to the lions, tigers and bears, and leave human beings like Native Americans off your list of mascots for your sports teams.
Marijuana was given to the human people to do exactly what it does best: heal.
One of the more admirable traits of the Mohawk people is the ability to shake things up, to disturb the complacent, to agitate, confront and demand.
We should use the traditional Native values of hospitality and kindness along with our ancestral immigrant laws and customs to bring them to places of safety.
During these communal rituals we sing, dance and share the bounties of harvest and the hunt.
Elizabeth Warren is welcome anytime on the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne.
Marijuana in Canada presents a serious matter for Natives and particularly for the Mohawks of Akwesasne.
The Mohawk people thrived until the need for cheap power led to the destruction of our homelands.
When Claudia Tenney began her campaign there was hope that she would become an advocate for the lack of human rights on tribal territory.
The Mohawk Nation has long had a rational and methodical way to acknowledge citizenship but that's changing.
Lacrosse was created to end wars, not to provoke hostilities.
We must not permit these Native children to be tossed about the country, living in fear.
There are many star stories in the rich oral traditions of the Iroquois.
The Mohawk people can abide by our ancestral morals and reject a deal with the Enbridge energy company.
Canadians are being royally hosed with the proposed Sixties Scoop 'settlement' which once again exploits Natives and enriches lawyers.
Lacrosse is our game, invented by the Iroquois as an alternative to war and as a sport which has profound spiritual implications.
In 1968, that most turbulent of years, the United States and the world seemed to be in a state of turmoil characterized by wars, assassinations, civil strife and riots.
Under Iroquois customs, mass murders would not be possible.
Who was Harry Anslinger and how did he come to have a deep effect on the Mohawks of Akwesasne?
No national media outlet has contacted indigenous leaders or commentators to inquire as to their thoughts about immigration and the use of blatantly racist remarks by Donald Trump.
When I think of what it requires to be a rotiane in the best sense, Chief Irv Powless exemplified this in every instance of his 88 years and for that I am grateful
Chief Irving Powless Jr., Daha‘tgatdohs, Beaver Clan Chief, established an enduring legacy for his exceptional kindness and command of traditional law.
Key Republican lawmakers are siding with Indian Country as controversy over President Donald Trump and his 'Pocahontas' comment continues to generate headlines.
That Donald Trump lacks any empathy towards Natives is not surprising given his condemnation of indigenous economic initiatives.
When the North American families come together we hope they will acknowledge the roots of the Thanksgiving tradition, a truly indigenous gift to the world.
We were never involved in these negotiations. We never agreed to concede to the enormous financial surrender.
The problems with Indian Country Today can be traced to its decision to leave Lakota territory and move to offices in central New York and then to an office in Manhattan.
Some would say Angus 'Shine' George was a great Mohawk; world class athlete, fearless high steel worker, expert fisherman, master carpenter and highly skilled craftsman with a rich command of his Native language and strong opinions about the world.
Millions have died because of the Doctrines of Discovery imposed on indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada.
From the beginning, when the Iroquois emerged as a distinct people thousands of years ago, they played lacrosse.
A. Paul Ortega, the Apache musician and traditional healer, died on May 17 at his home in Mescalero Territory in New Mexico.
The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was the culmination of decades of work by indigenous peoples to secure a permanent presence before the United Nations.
A culture of lies began with Christopher Colon and only after his death was his surname gentrified to Columbus.
Over 875 years ago Skennenrahowi, the Peacemaker, brought his instructions to the warring Iroquois in an effort to persuade our ancestors to abandon violence and revenge as a response to disputes.
The Canadian government took an active role in ripping the children from their families resulting in psychological, spiritual and physical harm.
Skennenrahowi, the Great Peacemaker, established a society in which the human spirit was liberated from the constraints of fear and oppression.
Canadian author Joseph Boyden is a fraud, an imposter, an imposition and an impediment, one who has exploited a mythical indigenous identity for material gain.
While humans have a tortuous history when it comes to their own specific relations the current situation has expanded to place other species, and the planet itself, under great duress.
Our Iroquois people have decades of experience living through political and social crisis whether in stand offs with the police or organizing protests on a national and local scale.
Power has been given to Trump and to a Republican controlled Congress which will now make an all out assault on Natives, on women's rights, on blacks, Latinos, on the earth itself.
For once in our lives we need to have the respect of deciding how we can secure true peace on our terms.
Whenever a people take to protest and succeed in winning their fight by forcing the power elite to concede there are many consequences.