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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.


Ray Cook: Our indigenous freedoms are directly tied to the freedom of the Earth
Ray Cook: Our indigenous freedoms are directly tied to the freedom of the Earth (August 7, 2017)

Freedom is an illusion, and all we have are redemption songs, Ray Cook writes on Indian Country Media Network.


Ray Cook: A Mohawk perspective on Canada Day and Independence Day
Ray Cook: A Mohawk perspective on Canada Day and Independence Day (July 5, 2017)

Two countries that took land from indigenous nations. Two holidays that celebrate their new-found freedoms. What's a Native person to do?


Ray Cook: Unity lost after #NoDAPL camps close in North Dakota
Ray Cook: Unity lost after #NoDAPL camps close in North Dakota (March 29, 2017)

NoDAPL’s lack of an ‘official’ or ‘spiritual’ ending left many confused about their role.


Ray Cook: Now's the time for all of us to stand down at Standing Rock
Ray Cook: Now's the time for all of us to stand down at Standing Rock (February 6, 2017)

Mother Earth needs no protection; we need to protect each other from those who do us harm.


Ray Cook: Water protectors treated like terrorists in own territory
Ray Cook: Water protectors treated like terrorists in own territory (December 20, 2016)

Ray Cook (St. Regis Mohawk), the opinions editor at Indian Country Today, offers an update from the #NoDAPL encampment in North Dakota.


Ray Cook: My Mohawk family never stood for the national anthem
Ray Cook: My Mohawk family never stood for the national anthem (November 1, 2016)

'I went from second or third grade till my high school graduation not once standing for the national anthem.'


Ray Cook: Calling out to visionaries and doers in Indian Country
Ray Cook: Calling out to visionaries and doers in Indian Country (April 12, 2016)

Every one of our writers are either civilians or players in NDN politics and social issues.


Ray Cook: Thanksgiving flies in the face of original Americans
Ray Cook: Thanksgiving flies in the face of original Americans (November 27, 2015)

What balls it must have taken for the first store owner in America to think that this is a money-making opportunity.


Ray Cook: Pope Francis brings crowd control to United States
Ray Cook: Pope Francis brings crowd control to United States (September 25, 2015)

I am not concerned with how or why the Catholic Church creates their saints.


Ray Cook: Remembering the sacrifices of Mohawk iron workers
Ray Cook: Remembering the sacrifices of Mohawk iron workers (September 21, 2015)

On an ugly day, Mohawks joined many of their brethren and many other men and women with heart and courage.


Ray Cook: Indian Country should say yes to cultivation of hemp
Ray Cook: Indian Country should say yes to cultivation of hemp (February 23, 2015)

In most cases, as with gaming, successful recreational and medicinal marijuana production would eventually and quickly serve a saturated market, one with experienced growers ready and able to turn legal at the drop of a hat.


Ray Cook: Resolution for 2015 -- Use our lands or lose our lands
Ray Cook: Resolution for 2015 -- Use our lands or lose our lands (January 7, 2015)

No one stole our lands; if they did then, where did they take them?


Ray Cook: Decision sends warning for NFL team's racist mascot
Ray Cook: Decision sends warning for NFL team's racist mascot (June 20, 2014)

Ray Cook welcomes the decision in Blackhorse v. Pro Football Inc.


Ray Cook: Stupid Americans and their stupid Indian mascots
Ray Cook: Stupid Americans and their stupid Indian mascots (October 28, 2013)

Ray Cook discusses the use of Indian mascots in sports.


Ray Cook: No problem with Columbus Day or any other   holiday
Ray Cook: No problem with Columbus Day or any other holiday (October 15, 2013)

Ray Cook isn't bothered by Columbus Day in the United States or Thanksgiving in Canada.


Ray Cook: Memorial Day is about those who served and died
Ray Cook: Memorial Day is about those who served and died (May 28, 2013)

Ray Cook on Memorial Day: Memorial Day, once called Decoration Day, is meant as a day to remember all those who have died while in military service. This Memorial Day...


Ray Cook: Native leaders should put people first not politics
Ray Cook: Native leaders should put people first not politics (May 17, 2013)

Ray Cook on tribal leadership: Too often we simply accept that tribal governments (as opposed to our traditional governments) have elected representatives—presidents, chiefs, chairmen or CEO’s and so forth. They...


Ray Cook: Going   a week without saying   lost European's name
Ray Cook: Going a week without saying lost European's name (October 9, 2012)

"I am trying to write this day without mentioning the lost European’s name. There are store sales in his honor. That’s a distinctly American thing; if you are a dead...


Ray Cook: Company was once a big part of Mohawk  community
Ray Cook: Company was once a big part of Mohawk community (September 24, 2012)

"I remember looking through a book on Massena (Akwesasne Mohawk Territory) history, studying the pictures and seeing my uncle, Noah Cook. It was 1922. Uncle Noah had to have been...


Ray Cook: Political assimilation permeating in Indian Country
Ray Cook: Political assimilation permeating in Indian Country (April 3, 2012)

"Without the land there are no roots and without the roots there are no people and without the people, well, no government can stand upright on its own. I don’t...


Ray Cook: Don't take this Hollywood business too seriously
Ray Cook: Don't take this Hollywood business too seriously (March 16, 2012)

Photo from Jerry Bruckheimer on Twitter "Do you think Wes Studi would make a good Tonto? He made a good Apache. Hell, as Magua he made a good Huron/Mohawk,...


Ray Cook: Don't trade sovereignty for 'political assimilation'
Ray Cook: Don't trade sovereignty for 'political assimilation' (January 19, 2012)

"The Haudenosaunee, as a general rule and certainly as governments, do not participate in another government’s election processes. Those are not sovereign acts. In that paradigm, it is bad strategy...


Ray Cook:  Haudenosaunee  viewpoint on Occupy Wall Street
Ray Cook: Haudenosaunee viewpoint on Occupy Wall Street (November 7, 2011)

"The children of the West (Americans) are fighting amongst themselves (again) over distribution of a wealth that does not belong to them, a wealth derived from Indigenous lands. The opportunity...


Ray Cook: Embrace the citizenship of sovereign Indian nations
Ray Cook: Embrace the citizenship of sovereign Indian nations (February 14, 2011)

"Some years ago now, the late Vine Deloria wrote that as Indians emerged from a time when survival demanded that they emphasize their distinctness, it was natural for them to...


Ray Cook: A bit of censorship in Tim Giago's rewrite of NAJA  history
Ray Cook: A bit of censorship in Tim Giago's rewrite of NAJA history (February 1, 2011)

It now appears Tim Giago is dappling in a bit of censorship himself with his rewriting of the Native American Journalist Association history. As every decent journalist knows, with...


Tim Giago: Indian Country Today  denies  readers the right to know
Tim Giago: Indian Country Today denies readers the right to know (January 24, 2011)

In response to a column I wrote last week about the lack of freedom of the press at Indian Country Today, Ray Cook, Op-ed Editor of This Week in Indian...


Ray Cook: Indian Country Today maintains journalistic relevance
Ray Cook: Indian Country Today maintains journalistic relevance (January 19, 2011)

I have been involved with Indian Country Today since it was purchased by 4 Directions Media/Entertainment in late 1998. I along with Kara Briggs, Mark Trahant, Tim Johnson, Jose Barreiro...