Iroquois Governance in 2018

By: Doug George Kanentiio, Akwesasne-Mohawk There are presently three types of administrative agencies on Iroquois reservations within New York state: elected, of which there are two, and traditional, which number four and two others which...

No Signs of Natives in Utica: Why Not?

By Doug George-Kanentiio- Akwasasne Mohawk Bear Clan A casual exploration of the city of Utica and its immediate suburbs reveals glimpses of its history; from the former State Asylum to the Grace Church, the Union...

Trump Shows Ignorance About Code Talkers and Their Nations

By: Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk On November 27 US President Donald Trump demonstrated his ignorance and insensitivity towards Native people when he welcomed the Navajo Code Talkers to the White House in Washington, DC.Meant to...

The Maple: Chief of all Trees

By Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk When the Creator, Sonkweiiateson in Mohawk, planted the trees of the world, a decision was made to make Wahta-the Maple-the chief of all trees. Not only did the Maple carry the...

The Peacemaker as An Astronomer: Celebrating the Next Eclipse

By Doug George-Kanentiio - Akwasasne Mohawk Bear Clan Consider this: the Peacemaker had to have had formal training as anastronomer and mathematician. How else could he have managed to time the birth of the Confederacy...

The Haudenosaunee Ceremony of Midwinter

By: Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwasasne Mohawk One of the most important gatherings among the People of the Longhouse is the annual ritual of thanksgiving, renewal, and repentance called Midwinter. Among the People of the Flint (the Mohawks),...

The Roots of Rez Life

by Doug George-Kanentiio Mohawk Akwasasne The Laws of Burgos was enacted by Spain on December 27th, 1512 in response to the massive slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Native people in the Caribbean by the...

The Life of a Great Mohawk

By Doug George-Kanentiio Some would say he was a great Mohawk; world class athlete, fearless high steel worker, an expert fisherman, master carpenter and highly skilled craftsman with a rich command of his native language...

No Signs of Natives in Utica: Why Not?

By Doug George-Kanentiio A casual exploration of the city of Utica and its immediate suburbs reveals glimpses of its history; from the former State Asylum to the Grace Church, the Union Station and the Conklin...

The Chief Irv Powless: Legend and Friend

  By Doug George-Kanentiio, Akwesasne Mohawk I met the late Onondaga rotiane, Irv Powless, forty years ago when I enrolled as a student at Syracuse University in 1977. In my class were a number of Onondagas...
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