UN asked to stop guns at Akwesasne border

by May 28, 2009

Mohawk Nation News sends the following news and call for action surrounding the upcoming peaceful demonstration in Akwesasne. See the full story (and a full list of contacts) below... UPDATE: there is also a petition you can sign here.

Skarohreh Doug Anderson of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy presented a request to the Secretary of the UN Security Council at 2:58 pm today. Supporters are asked to call 212-963-5258 to ask the UN to send officials to Akwesasne to make peace and to avoid violence from government agents. Kenneth Deer of Kahnawake raised the issue of guns at Akwesasne with the Permanent Forum on Indigenous People. They promised to send some delegates to Akwesasne. A Canadian delegate tried to dissuade any action by the UN. She is helping Prime Minister Harper to stonewall the Indigenous people.


“A treaty was signed between Britain and the U.S., known as the Jay Treaty of 1794. It was to be an undefended border between Canada and the U.S. The purpose was to bring peace between two warring countries. The two parties have remained peaceful since the War of 1812.

“Canada has always dealt with the Indigenous nations by sending RCMP to speak peacefully with us to avoid belligerence. Historically there was little warfare because guns were not used as they are in the U.S. The U.S. stole the West by killing our people. They almost annihilated us. Sitting Bull left for Canada because he knew he would be safe.

“Canada is trying to imitate the U.S. tactic of using threats in their relationship with us. Canada must not start using shot gun diplomacy like the U.S. whose policy of unilateral violence, threatening and murdering people is engulfing the world.

“Foreigners cannot come into our community with guns. They must consult us according to international law standards. A majority of all our people must give our consent. This has never happened. They have no legal right to set up an armed camp in the midst of the populous Haudenosaunne community of Akwesasne [at the convergence of Ontario, Quebec and New York State].


“On June 1 the Canada Border Services Agency guards will try to carry 9mm Berettas, which are meant to kill people. The UN must stop this attempt at ethnic cleansing at Akwesasne. Canada at the behest of the U.S. is trying to commit genocide on us, the real people of mother earth.

“The reasonable decision of the Haudenosaunee, our friends and supporters, is that there should be no guns anywhere on the Canada-U.S. border on the Canadian side. Canada is setting a precedent that any visitor arriving will have the barrel of a gun in their faces, so to say. We want the border station to be removed from the middle of Akwesasne.

“We know the power they presently exercise without the guns. They ridicule and demean us as we come through the border. They use their power of intimidation to pull us into their building away from the protective eyes of our friends and relatives. We have no choice but to cross many times a day to carry on our normal lives. The violence will always be directed at us and not at them. We want peace. These supposed peace officers are acting like war zone combatants. What a contradictory message Canada sends out to the world.

“The Jay Treaty has always been a sign to our people that we can cross that border without fear. Kanento Diabo, Clinton Richard and many others made sure that it was always a border of peace. We Mohawks are trying to bring back harmony between parties. Dekanawida urged the warring parties to throw all the weapons down and bury them.

In the 1960s and 70s some Americans did not want to become soldiers, carry guns and shoot people. They came to Canada. They were called draft dodgers. Many prospered and became fond of Canada because it was peace loving and a peacekeeping society. Today Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his cohorts want to change Canada into a petite war monger. They want the people to get used to guns, violence and murder just like the U.S.

Today Kenneth Deer of Kahnawake spoke about Canadian aggression towards us to the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, 8th Session. He urged the panel to become involved immediately. Victoria Tauli-Corpuz and Tonya Gonella Frichner, panel members, promised they would send a delegation to Akwesasne to observe and report. They were asked to look at the human rights aspect and to follow it up with the Security Council. Cathie Fournier [613-992-0386] of the Canadian government tried her best to downplay it, by saying, “This forum has no teeth to bite” [just gums!]. She promptly called Ottawa.

Canadians and Americans, beware. You could be next. We need your support.

For information contact Chief Nona Benedict 613-551-5421 613-938-8145 nbenedict@akwesasne.ca, go to www.akwesasne.ca. Skarohreh Doug Anderson skarohreh@yahoo.com 716-695-4620; Chief Wesley Benedict 613-551-2573; Larry King 613-551-1930; Chief Joe Lazore 613-551-5292. There will be a unity march on Saturday May 30 starting from the U.S. into Canada at 10:30 am. March starts at noon. www.nationtalk.ca
For updates contact MNN Mohawk Nation News, www.mohawknationnews.com kahentinetha2@yahoo.com Go to MNN “BORDER” category for more stories;
Supporters may contact: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Buckingham Palace, London, SQ1A UK; President Barack Obama, The White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20500, http://www.whitehouse.gov/contact/ Comments: 202-456-1111, Switchboard: 202-456-1414 FAX: 202-456-2461; The Governor General of Canada, M. Michaelle Jean, 1 Rideau Drive, Ottawa info@gg.ca; Alain Jolicoeur, President, CBSA, Ottawa, ON K1A 0L8, 613-952-3200, 613-957-0612; General inquiries CBSA-ASFC@canada.gc.ca; Lance Markell, District Director, Northern Office – Customs, St. Laurent Blvd., Ottawa Ont. K1G 4K3, CBSA 613-930-3234, 613-991-1214, General inquiries CBSA-ASFC@canada.gc.ca; Secretary Janet Napolitano, Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Washington, DC 20528, Operator Number: 202-282-8000, Comment Line: 202-282-8495, Jayson P. Ahern, A/Commissioner, U.S. Customs, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20229 Chief Counsel (202) 344-2990; Marco A. Lopez, Jr., Chief of Staff, U.S. Customs, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20229; Prime Minister Stephen Harper; House of Commons, Ottawa, harper.s@parl.gc.ca; Hon. Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety, House of Commons, Ottawa; Hon. Robert Douglas Nicholson, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, 284 Wellington St., Ottawa, ON K1A 0H8; Attorney General of Ontario, 720 Bay St., 4th Floor, Toronto, ON M5G 2K1; Hon. Yvon Marcoux, Minister of Justice and A.G.O., Louis-Phillipe-Pigeon Bldg., 1200 Rue d l'Eglise, 9th Floor, St. Foy G1V 4M1; Hon. Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs, 10 Wellington St., Hull, Que. K1A 0H4 Strahl.c@parl.gc.ca; Premier Dalton McGuinty, Province of Ontario, Queens Park, Toronto ON; Premier Charest, Province of Quebec, Legislature, Quebec City; British High Commission, 80 Elgin St., Ottawa, ON K1P 5K7; Canadian Human Rights Commission, 344 Slater St., 8th Floor Ottawa, ON K1A 1E1; United Nations, 405 E 42nd Street, New York, NY 10017; The Hague, Anna Paulownastraat, 103, 251 BBC, The Netherlands; Coalition for the International Criminal Court, c/o WFM, 708 3rd Ave., 24th Floor, New York, NY 10017
Supporters of Mohawks: MPs Jean Crowder, Indian Affairs critic crowdj@parl.gc.ca ; Anita Neville nevila@parl.gc.ca ; Marc Lemay lemaym@parl.gc.ca ; Sen. Nancy Green; Sen. Gerry St. Germain;

  • Windtalker
    May 29, 2009 at 3:59 pm

    I absolutely concur on this situation i have been monitoring the border patrol on Mohawk land and near the Mexican and American border near Pheonix threw my spiritual investigation i have seen many racial incidents even in the US two armed border guards shot a Mexican man in the back and bush released them before he left office they got away with murder!!and now Harper wishes to give guns to racists on indian land i am completely against this.I pray they either fire the racists and mean spirited whitemen or move the border crossing off indian land


  • Wanda B.
    June 1, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    Perhaps if you put this much effort into raising the standard of education on the RES your people would be better off in the long run.

    The Mohawk Warriors are a hinderance to the 1st Nations Peoples. They are nothing more than a mafia... a crime organization.

    Shame! Shame! Shame!


  • June 1, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    Wanda, did you know there are over 125 reserves in Canada right now that have no drinking water? And dozens are facing a housing crises, hundreds more are surrounded in toxins... grandmas are passing out, mothers are losing their babies, and the govenrment can do nothing but deny indigenous people their most basic rights as sovereign and distinct peoples... I could go on.

    My point is, this situation is by no means as simple as you are suggesting. However, it does come down to one thing: Jurisdiction. If Canada was willing to respect indigenous land rights, stop acting like they're the masters of the universe, and dare I say "take responsibility" for their actions (and those they've inherited, like any good govenrment should), then the bulk of these problems would disappear. It would take some time, but they would disappear no less. Crime rates would drop, gangs would disappear, suicide would be gone, substance abuse would be gone, and all the struggling men out there would return to their rightful place in the community, as would the Women and the Elders and the Children and the Two Spirits and the Contraries and the Medicine People.

    None of this can happen until Canada, the #1 hindrance to Indigenous People on this end of the hemisphere (and throughout the world) takes a step back and treats Indigenous people like human beings, rather than objects to be manipulated and pushed around whenever they feel like it.


  • Bobby Jones (hi-wi-oht
    June 2, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    Take this for what its worth, The Canadian and US-Govt are without any real authority to hamper or in any way negatively impact the RIGHT of the haudenasaunee to cross the "RIVER" between what is called by the canadians-CANADA and what the Dept of homeland security calls the United States. Many chiefs will cite the "Jay Treaty" as a document wich confirms this right However, further research reveals that another Treaty signed in August of 1802 with the original Seneca Nation(not the current incorporated seneca nation) was ratified by the US and therefore renders this particular treaty "VALID". It States-in part-"The said seneca nation of Indians,by their said sachems,chiefs and warriors, agreeably to the authority in them vested by said nation,for the consideration hereinafter mentioned,do sell,cede,release and quit-claim to the people of the state of new york,all that tract of land one mile wide on the Niagara River,extending from Buffalo to stedmans farm,including Black Rock,and bounded westward by the shore or waters of said river. And said seneca nation of indians reserving to themselves nevertheless,the right and privilege of encamping their fishing parties on the beach of said river for the purpose of fishing,which is the common right of both parties,and to be enjoyed without hindrance or interruption from either;and while there encamped to use the driftwood for fuel but not to tresspass on or injure the proprietor or propropietors of the adjacent lands. THE SAID SENECA NATION OF INDIANS RESERVING ALSO TO ITSELF THE RIGHT(WHICH THEY NOW ENJOY)OF PASSING THE FERRY ACROSS SAID NIAGARA RIVER AT OR NEAR BLACK ROCK OR AT SUCH OTHER PLACE IN THE VICINITY WHERE SUCH FERRY MAY HEREAFTER BE ESTABLISHED,AND KEPT,FREE OF FERRIAGE OR TOLL AT ALL SEASONABLE TIMES WHEN THE BOATS ARE CROSSING WITH OTHER PASSENGERS OR FREIGHT. I guesss the United Staes forgot this Treaty. How does this apply to the Mohawks? Well, one of the persons in the Treaty receives a grant of land issued by the seneca chiefs along the Niagara River and his name was Jasper Parrish and further research reveals he was an adopted mohawk. How could an adopted mohawk receive a grant of land in seneca territory? Well, The six nations were established at Buffalo Creek and the main council fire was there and if the senecas wanted to give land to a mohawk they were entitled to do so. Sounds to me like the Seneca casino indians mite want to reconsider trying to open a casino in monticello,ny or else the mohawk casino indians may convince the Bureau of Indian affairs of their rite to build a casino in Buffalo,ny. anyways- if treaties are the supreme law of the land and this particular treaty was ratified by the US-govt then how does an agency of the current US-Govt -namely the Dept of Homeland Security think it has the rite to stop natives from crossing the river
    / and if they insist they have this right then does it not null and void this treaty? OK, Then give the mohawk descendants of jasper parrish and the seneca nation the lands along the niagara river in buffalo back to them. It is probably time for the "Big Brothers" to hold a meeting to take back these lands if the US-Govt wants to break this treaty


  • Riley Marcus Laveau Caputo
    December 24, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Respect the Sovereignty of First Nations, Akwesasne must have the border back in their comminity without border guards being armed, or let them have their own border guards


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