Leonard Peltier statement on Standing Rock

Leonard Peltier statement on Standing Rock

I have been asked to write a solidarity statement to everyone about the Camp of the Sacred Stones on Standing Rock. Thank you for this great honor. I must admit it is very difficult for me to even begin this statement as my eyes get so blurred from tears and my heart swells with pride, as chills run up and down my neck and back. I’m so proud of all of you young people and others there.

Understanding Our Great Peace

Understanding Our Great Peace

There are a lot of misconceptions about our Great Peace or Kayenera:koa and what is meant by the instructions embodied within it. People have taken to calling our Great Peace, our Enormous Peace, our Great Good Way, a “Great Law.” When using the terminology of law, the association with the construct of foreign governments and their penalizing control actually suggests the opposite of what our Great Peace represents. This is akin to treason. I may be repeating myself, but this is something that bears repeating concerning the use of the word ‘law’ in association with our Kayenera:koa.

Hypocrisy, Urbanization, Colonization and Gentrification and the Six Nations Community

Hypocrisy, Urbanization, Colonization and Gentrification and the Six Nations Community

I was raised in the community of Ohsweken which is situated in the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. There have always been religious and political divisions in our community, however the hypocrisy as of late has been exceptionally apparent. Our community is currently embarking on an infrastructure expansion project, which will see our community become more urbanized. The new multimillion dollar water treatment plant in our community will be extended, as well as the natural gas pipelines that serve our community. Our streets are being widened, and sidewalks are being extended. On top of all this, a brand new Tim Hortons franchise is being opened in the heart of our community.

Janie Jamieson on Jewel's Cause

Janie Jamieson on Jewel's Cause

SIX NATIONS – Janie Jamieson is well known on the Territory of the Six Nations of the Grand River. She was one of the three women that initiated the reclamation of the Douglas Creek Estates (now known as Kanonhstaton) and was a prominent spokesperson throughout the conflict. Along with her public role on the front lines of Onkwehon:we land defence, Janie is also known for the community initiatives she threw herself into following the tragic suicide of her 12 year old daughter Gahwediyo or Jewel Monture.

Internal and External Conflicts at Six Nations

Internal and External Conflicts at Six Nations

Our Band Council has been trying to meet with our Confederacy Council for years with no success. That is because they don’t understand the reality of who they are and what the Silver Covenant Chain Wampum means. They are not in the canoe; they are in the boat. They are Canada’s colonial creation, not our own. The Silver Covenant Chain comes into play because they are in the boat. They merely have to tug on the chain and the Confederacy Council has a responsibility to respond. Our Silver Covenant Chain is not rocket science. Band Council only needs to remember and acknowledge who they are.

That which speaks to us

That which speaks to us

I have long known – from the time I was a little girl and my mother was teaching me about our Kayenera:koa that there is no such thing as “law” in our instructions. I was always told that we were left instructions by the Creator, our Kayenera:koa. Our Great Good Way, Our Enormous Peace. Our instructions contain the guidelines meant to live a good and harmonious life. When I see obvious breaches of protocol in our council this disrespect and lack of understanding concerning our ways is painful. Our people need to decide to carry themselves within our Kayenera:koa or not to espouse those values at all.

Earthship Build at Six Nations is Completed

Earthship Build at Six Nations is Completed

SIX NATIONS – Over 50 volunteers organized by Earthship Biotecture gathered on Saturday July 30th, 2016 to hand over the key to the Earthship they have been building for Francine Doxtator over the past two weeks. The project was finished according to schedule, and has made a major contribution to the lives of Fran, her daughter, and her five grandchildren who have been living in substandard housing for decades. 

Acheiving Total Rotinonhsón:ni Liberation

Acheiving Total Rotinonhsón:ni Liberation

I reason that the best way to protect oneself and one's family is to seek total liberation from the British Crown and its influence, both on our bodies and on our minds. To do so one must first understand what differentiates the Crown and its subjects from Onkwehón:we. I will draw conclusions while offering supporting arguments asserting that Onkwehón:we claiming Band-membership i.e Indian status or Rotinonhsón:ni citizenship are both engaging in a colonial narrative and worldview.