Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Kahnawake, strength and beauty in resistance

Good morning from the Longest Walk,

We're camped in Greenbelt Park, Maryland, near Washington D.C. and south of Baltimore. I've just returned from a visit to the Mohawk community of Kahnawake, Quebec, and a visit to my dear friends Kahentinetha and Katenies, who were beaten and arrested at the Cornwall/Akwesasne border. Kahentinetha, publisher of Mohawk Nation News, is recovering from a trauma induced heart attack. She was handcuffed at the border during the attack by special forces. When she told the officers to loosen the handcuffs, because she was having difficulty breathing, the handcuffs were tightened and she was told to bend over. She was hospitalized with a heart attack. Katenies was also attacked by special forces and her face ground into the concrete, when she was jumped by officers who plunged a knee into her kidneys. Katenies was jailed. Katenies refuses to recognize the authority of the Canadian government over her, in a precedent setting case. Katenies returns to court on July 14.
It was incredible to visit the beautiful Kahnawake community and see the Mohawks living this resistance and living their commitment to "no compromise." The Mohawks are an inspiration. With strength, beauty and joy, the Mohawks have become standard bearers of courage and fearlessness in protection of Mother Earth and the people.
My days in Kahnawake were spent in perfect peace and joy. Thank you!
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More from Mohawk Nation News:
http://www.mohawknationnews.com/
Brothers, Sisters, Friends and Allies:
On June 14th 2008 Katenies and Kahentinetha of MNN were beaten by the Canadian Border guards at the Akwesasne [ Cornwall ] Ontario crossing. Their excuse was an “outstanding warrant” issued in 2003 claiming that Katenies “ran the border” placed by the colonial state through the middle of her community. Katenies has appeared in court on this matter. On both occasions she never acknowledged the false charges and filed motions contesting the courts’ jurisdiction. She refused to stand up and started reading her motion into the record, asking: “How and when did Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II get jurisdiction over me and my land?� On December 18th 2006 the court attempted to ignore the issue. When Katenies tried to read her motion into the court record, the court closed down. Katenies’ motion gave notice that a failure to respond within 30 days would be taken as an admission by the court that it had no jurisdiction. Canada has chosen to pursue this matter. We would like to share her motion with our readers. The motion is based on the Two Row Wampum and the Kaianerehkowa, the Great law of Peace, the constitution of the Haudenosaunee. Katenies found the Queen, the corporation of Canada and all its public and private corporations guilty of theft, etc. This will be the basis of proceedings when Katenies appears at 9:00 a.m. in Cornwall Ontario court on July 14th 2008. A case is being prepared against the Canadian Border Security Agency. The Canadian state can use the money of 30 million people and Indigenous resources to fight the Mohawks. Your financial help is needed.
Please donate to “MNN Mohawk Nation News”,
Box 991 , Kahnawake
Quebec , Canada J0L 1B0.
Everyone welcome.
Katenies MNN katenies20@yahoo.com

Photo: Tribute to Mohawk iron workers on Kahnawake. Photo Brenda Norrell
Read more about Mohawk iron workers:
http://sonicmemorial.org/public/mohawk/mohawk.html

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