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Doug George-Kanentiio: We need African American allies to replace offensive mascots and statues
Doug George-Kanentiio: We need African American allies to replace offensive mascots and statues (June 22, 2020)

The tragic fact is that of all ethnic groups this country's Indigenous people have the highest rate of death by cop.


Doug George-Kanentiio: What was life like among the Mohawks in the year 1300?
Doug George-Kanentiio: What was life like among the Mohawks in the year 1300? (June 8, 2020)

According to the priests who taught at Akwesasne, our ancestors were uncivilized savages and pagans. Perhaps that was not a bad thing at all.


Doug George-Kanentiio: On the American uprising of 2020
Doug George-Kanentiio: On the American uprising of 2020 (June 1, 2020)

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.


COVID-19 and American Racism: A Mohawk Perspective
COVID-19 and American Racism: A Mohawk Perspective (April 9, 2020)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: How the Mohawks responded to historical plagues
Doug George-Kanentiio: How the Mohawks responded to historical plagues (March 19, 2020)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Why Canada's reconciliation plans have failed
Doug George-Kanentiio: Why Canada's reconciliation plans have failed (March 3, 2020)

Go to the hell you tried to create for us on this earth.


Doug George-Kanentiio: The myth of band councils as First Nations
Doug George-Kanentiio: The myth of band councils as First Nations (February 24, 2020)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Acting Native and surviving
Doug George-Kanentiio: Acting Native and surviving (January 7, 2020)

In Australia, that semi-arid land where the sun shines most of the year, the Black Serpent has come to rest.


Christmas on the Rez
Christmas on the Rez (December 16, 2019)

The bells of the Catholic Church continue to call Mohawk Christians to return to mass and renew their faith.


Native music goes missing in the mainstream
Native music goes missing in the mainstream (November 12, 2019)

Native music remains in a cultural ghetto, unheard by most people, unmarketed by the major music companies and alien to a world which is in desperate needs of its power and beauty.


Doug George-Kanentiio: How did the 'Indian reservation' system begin?
Doug George-Kanentiio: How did the 'Indian reservation' system begin? (September 20, 2019)

In effect, reservation life begins with the Laws of Burgos, issued by the Kingdom of Spain more than 500 years ago.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Ray Cook always stood up for his Mohawk ideals
Doug George-Kanentiio: Ray Cook always stood up for his Mohawk ideals (August 12, 2019)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Breaking the hold of the Doctrines of Discovery
Doug George-Kanentiio: Breaking the hold of the Doctrines of Discovery (August 7, 2019)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Mohawks celebrate the most wonderful of skyworld gifts
Doug George-Kanentiio: Mohawks celebrate the most wonderful of skyworld gifts (July 8, 2019)

Among the traditional Mohawks there is a special appreciation for the strawberry plant -- called Niihontesha.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Abortion in Native societies is a complex issue
Doug George-Kanentiio: Abortion in Native societies is a complex issue (June 3, 2019)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Law firms smell big pay day for Indian school abuse
Doug George-Kanentiio: Law firms smell big pay day for Indian school abuse (May 3, 2019)

I know one thing: we must not cede our rights to be heard and to demand justice.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Colonial governments make money off of stolen land
Doug George-Kanentiio: Colonial governments make money off of stolen land (April 16, 2019)

An end to infighting is in sight if we can stand and see it beginning with the demanding what is ours.


Doug George-Kanentiio: How the Creator gave the maple tree to the people
Doug George-Kanentiio: How the Creator gave the maple tree to the people (March 29, 2019)

The Iroquois invented maple syrup and the technology which went into taking sap and making it into that most delicious of sweeteners.


Tim Giago: A brief history of the fight against 'Indian' mascots
Tim Giago: A brief history of the fight against 'Indian' mascots (March 11, 2019)

Stick to the lions, tigers and bears, and leave human beings like Native Americans off your list of mascots for your sports teams.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Natives are fighting Natives over marijuana
Doug George-Kanentiio: Natives are fighting Natives over marijuana (February 28, 2019)

Marijuana was given to the human people to do exactly what it does best: heal.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Native patriots at Alcatraz paved the way for all of us
Doug George-Kanentiio: Native patriots at Alcatraz paved the way for all of us (January 30, 2019)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Let's welcome our indigenous relatives
Doug George-Kanentiio: Let's welcome our indigenous relatives (December 24, 2018)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Let's come together and express our thanks
Doug George-Kanentiio: Let's come together and express our thanks (November 19, 2018)

During these communal rituals we sing, dance and share the bounties of harvest and the hunt.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Elizabeth Warren deserves our praise
Doug George-Kanentiio: Elizabeth Warren deserves our praise (October 17, 2018)

Elizabeth Warren is welcome anytime on the Mohawk territory of Akwesasne.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Native people and marijuana in Canada
Doug George-Kanentiio: Native people and marijuana in Canada (October 10, 2018)

Marijuana in Canada presents a serious matter for Natives and particularly for the Mohawks of Akwesasne.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Our Mohawk way of life was destroyed
Doug George-Kanentiio: Our Mohawk way of life was destroyed (September 13, 2018)

The Mohawk people thrived until the need for cheap power led to the destruction of our homelands.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Lawmaker goes silent on Native human rights
Doug George-Kanentiio: Lawmaker goes silent on Native human rights (August 23, 2018)

When Claudia Tenney began her campaign there was hope that she would become an advocate for the lack of human rights on tribal territory.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Foreign governments trample on Mohawk sovereignty
Doug George-Kanentiio: Foreign governments trample on Mohawk sovereignty (August 3, 2018)

The Mohawk Nation has long had a rational and methodical way to acknowledge citizenship but that's changing.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois lacrosse team faces pressure on world stage
Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois lacrosse team faces pressure on world stage (July 11, 2018)

Lacrosse was created to end wars, not to provoke hostilities.


'Open our communities to them': Doug George-Kanentiio on refugees
'Open our communities to them': Doug George-Kanentiio on refugees (June 21, 2018)

We must not permit these Native children to be tossed about the country, living in fear.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois people always give thanks to the stars
Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois people always give thanks to the stars (May 25, 2018)

There are many star stories in the rich oral traditions of the Iroquois.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Energy company still hostile to indigenous interests
Doug George-Kanentiio: Energy company still hostile to indigenous interests (May 21, 2018)

The Mohawk people can abide by our ancestral morals and reject a deal with the Enbridge energy company.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Sixties Scoop 'settlement' victimizes Natives all over again
Doug George-Kanentiio: Sixties Scoop 'settlement' victimizes Natives all over again (May 14, 2018)

Canadians are being royally hosed with the proposed Sixties Scoop 'settlement' which once again exploits Natives and enriches lawyers.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Why aren't there any Native lacrosse coaches?
Doug George-Kanentiio: Why aren't there any Native lacrosse coaches? (April 2, 2018)

Lacrosse is our game, invented by the Iroquois as an alternative to war and as a sport which has profound spiritual implications.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Let us remember the victims of the My Lai massacre
Doug George-Kanentiio: Let us remember the victims of the My Lai massacre (March 16, 2018)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois solutions to mass killings in America
Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois solutions to mass killings in America (February 26, 2018)

Under Iroquois customs, mass murders would not be possible.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Mohawk people must take action on marijuana
Doug George-Kanentiio: Mohawk people must take action on marijuana (January 17, 2018)

Who was Harry Anslinger and how did he come to have a deep effect on the Mohawks of Akwesasne?


Doug George-Kanentiio: Native people are no stranger to Trump's ethnic slurs
Doug George-Kanentiio: Native people are no stranger to Trump's ethnic slurs (January 16, 2018)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Chief Chief Irv Powless was a legend and a friend
Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Chief Chief Irv Powless was a legend and a friend (December 13, 2017)

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


Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Nation Chief Irv Powless passes on at age 88
Doug George-Kanentiio: Onondaga Nation Chief Irv Powless passes on at age 88 (December 4, 2017)

Chief Irving Powless Jr., Daha‘tgatdohs, Beaver Clan Chief, established an enduring legacy for his exceptional kindness and command of traditional law.


GOP lawmakers side with Indian Country amid President Trump's 'Pocahontas' controversy
GOP lawmakers side with Indian Country amid President Trump's 'Pocahontas' controversy (November 28, 2017)

Key Republican lawmakers are siding with Indian Country as controversy over President Donald Trump and his 'Pocahontas' comment continues to generate headlines.


Doug George-Kanentiio: President Trump is living up to his Mohawk title of 'town destroyer'
Doug George-Kanentiio: President Trump is living up to his Mohawk title of 'town destroyer' (November 28, 2017)

That Donald Trump lacks any empathy towards Natives is not surprising given his condemnation of indigenous economic initiatives.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Thanksgiving represents an indigenous gift to the world
Doug George-Kanentiio: Thanksgiving represents an indigenous gift to the world (November 15, 2017)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Sixties Scoop survivors weren't consulted on settlement
Doug George-Kanentiio: Sixties Scoop survivors weren't consulted on settlement (October 9, 2017)

We were never involved in these negotiations. We never agreed to concede to the enormous financial surrender.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Indian Country Today failed because it was a business
Doug George-Kanentiio: Indian Country Today failed because it was a business (September 11, 2017)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: The life of a great Mohawk named Angus 'Shine' George
Doug George-Kanentiio: The life of a great Mohawk named Angus 'Shine' George (August 29, 2017)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Religious doctrines remain at root of 'Indian' law
Doug George-Kanentiio: Religious doctrines remain at root of 'Indian' law (July 19, 2017)

Millions have died because of the Doctrines of Discovery imposed on indigenous peoples in the United States and Canada.


Doug George-Kanentiio: 'Spirit Game' brings Iroquois lacrosse to life
Doug George-Kanentiio: 'Spirit Game' brings Iroquois lacrosse to life (June 20, 2017)

From the beginning, when the Iroquois emerged as a distinct people thousands of years ago, they played lacrosse.


Doug George-Kanentiio: A Mescalero Apache music legend passes on
Doug George-Kanentiio: A Mescalero Apache music legend passes on (May 30, 2017)

A. Paul Ortega, the Apache musician and traditional healer, died on May 17 at his home in Mescalero Territory in New Mexico.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Indigenous peoples converge on United Nations for key milestone
Doug George-Kanentiio: Indigenous peoples converge on United Nations for key milestone (May 2, 2017)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Let's name Columbus for what he truly was
Doug George-Kanentiio: Let's name Columbus for what he truly was (April 26, 2017)

A culture of lies began with Christopher Colon and only after his death was his surname gentrified to Columbus.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Peacemaking in the era of Donald Trump
Doug George-Kanentiio: Peacemaking in the era of Donald Trump (March 28, 2017)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Sixties Scoop survivors win long battle with court decision
Doug George-Kanentiio: Sixties Scoop survivors win long battle with court decision (March 6, 2017)

The Canadian government took an active role in ripping the children from their families resulting in psychological, spiritual and physical harm.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Protecting Mother Earth and our lifegivers
Doug George-Kanentiio: Protecting Mother Earth and our lifegivers (January 24, 2017)

Skennenrahowi, the Great Peacemaker, established a society in which the human spirit was liberated from the constraints of fear and oppression.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Author Joseph Boyden exploits mythical Native identity
Doug George-Kanentiio: Author Joseph Boyden exploits mythical Native identity (January 6, 2017)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois prophecies warn of grave dangers
Doug George-Kanentiio: Iroquois prophecies warn of grave dangers (December 2, 2016)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: For those standing with Standing Rock
Doug George-Kanentiio: For those standing with Standing Rock (November 23, 2016)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: The war on Natives and our Earth begins
Doug George-Kanentiio: The war on Natives and our Earth begins (November 9, 2016)

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.


Doug George-Kanentiio: A voice for residential school survivors
Doug George-Kanentiio: A voice for residential school survivors (October 19, 2016)

For once in our lives we need to have the respect of deciding how we can secure true peace on our terms.


Doug George-Kanentiio: We all must do our part for Standing Rock
Doug George-Kanentiio: We all must do our part for Standing Rock (October 7, 2016)

Whenever a people take to protest and succeed in winning their fight by forcing the power elite to concede there are many consequences.