Believe What You Like But Know What You Must

People are free to be consumed with contemplating their existence, their origins, the origins of the universe, supreme beings, controllers of destiny or anything else. But solving "the Great Mystery" is neither a requirement of being Ohnkwe Ohnwe nor does it provide a path to righteousness. I maintain that spirituality does not require faith or the leaps that faith requires but rather awareness. If it helps to believe that "God has a plan" and we just must have faith that "He" knows what "He" is doing, then walk that path. My interest is in taking the mystery out of life by pointing to the obvious that is ignored everyday in the midst of fanatical ideology and the sometimes not too subtle influences of promoting beliefs over knowledge. I have said it before: “beliefs are what you are told, knowledge is what you experience”. I support a culture that prepares us to receive knowledge and to live a life with purpose. I am certainly not suggesting there is only one way to do that.

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Thursday, June 4, 2009

OK U.S. Customs; What's Your Excuse?

We understand the Canadian Border Service Agency's position in this stand-off. We don't agree with it nor will we concede our position over refusing to allow a permanent armed foreign presence on our land. The question is: why are the New York State Police preventing access to a part of Mohawk land that is clearly not in their jurisdiction. To have State or federal authorities turn around travellers expecting to cross into Canada, in light of the stand-off, is one thing, but to deny anyone access to part of our territory, especially to Native people in general and specifically Mohawk people is an absolute violation of our sovereignty and human freedom. There are perfectly legitimate reasons for that access, none of which needs to be justified to those denying it. This action on the U.S. side of their imaginary line begs the questions; Why? And who is being served by this action and what compels the U.S. interest in doing so? While all the attention is focused on the conflict between Mohawks and Canadian forces, the actions of U.S. interests are ignored.

So how how are people accessing the Cornwall Island portion of Akwesasne from the South? By river. Are these passenger vessels that are being used for the commute? No! And the first injury or worse that occurs as a result of this being the only way to get across the river from the South, will be on the heads of U.S. Customs or who ever is calling the shots for the actions of the New York State Police. We will never know how many times a U.S. or Canadian official smiled or said "good for them" when lives were lost transporting cigarettes or tobacco across to the Island. My question is: how many will continue to smile over the loss of life for those simply trying to go home or check on a loved one. Like your mother always said, "it all fun and games till someone gets hurt". This cannot be blamed on those "lawless Indians". This is not about violence or smuggling or any of the normal charges thrown at us. The Mohawk people are taking a stand against guns and only those who believe we should be under the gun disagree with us.

So Canada, have at it. Stare us down till you choke off the City of Cornwall and crush their already struggling economy. You have been destroying ours forever. We have very little to lose economically in this battle, but make no mistakes about it; we will not let your guns place our people in harms way.

U.S.; drop the act. Stop pretending to be innocent in all this. Your actions demonstrate your own desire to keep our people under the gun. There is no way that the State Police or any federal agency is under some obligation to assist Canada in this stand-off. There is no "international protocol" that requires the U.S. to bar access to our land. Turn your people around if you must but stop interfering with our right to travel freely within our community.


ohnkwe ohnwe said...

Where is the US media and their demand for answers. No one is holding the US accountable for denying Native people access to Native land. While this whole conflict brews Rahnatakias Obama visits the sites of Nazi concentration camps offering his stern opinion on Holocaust deniers, while he and the self righteous of Washington, D.C. , not only deny the American Holocaust but continue to perpetrate it. The U.S. condemns Arab states that refuse to recognize Israel, yet refuses to recognize the Mohawk Nation. The Mohawk people live like Palestinians, under a constant struggle to live freely in their homeland. Well funded occupiers and speculators attempt to control travel, trade and government. Band councils and tribal councils propped up and funded by outsiders pose as "The Nation" and deflect their impersonations as tribal politics. We all know the Mohawks exist, but the US claims only Saint Regis Indians remain as decendants to the Mohawk Nation. Where are those that would question this logic?

Billy Jack Douthwright said...

First I want to say that I'm glad to have discovered your blog, this is great and absolutely what is needed! And for linking to your blog I'de like to thank the writer with Kahentinetha MNN Mohawk Nation News!
I absolutely support these comments questioning the U.S. role in this. It shows how completely hippo critical Americans are in everything they like to say that they stand for, and really it is only us who can say this, isn't it? I mean, any American, Canadian... Australian, Mexican, etc. who wants to write about the truth of these fundamental realities that their colonial states were founded upon, is admitting the truth of their personally committing genocide on a daily basis when you look at just how negatively pretty much every action of their daily lives has upon our cultural identification within our territories.
Well, I say it's time for our full Haudenosaunee Council to meet, set the fraudulent Band Councils aside once and for all & plan international negotiations and renewals of treaties with the leagues of other First Nations surrounding our territories in preparation for reassuming a rightful & peaceful co-existence across Great Turtle Island, we the Haudenosaunee will set the example for the world's indigenous nations as we have just declared to the U.N. as being a part of the intention of asserting our cultural law of peace by refusing to allow foreign occupiers any further genocidal atrocities. Now too, we have to bring all of the foreign perpetrators who dismantled our peaceful protest before our law! I am now quite tired too of waiting on our Chiefs to get their acts together, one is coming from Akwesasne to speak about the situation on Tuesday & I intend to ask him politely and pointedly why the Mohawks are not doing what they have a responsibility to future generations to do to ensure that our territories are not sullied any further by these misguided and, sorry to have to say it but, apparently clue-less foreigners.

Leadhorse said...

i only wish i had three of me so i could be in three different places at once. I have a few promises that i will complete then another next month and then i want to come and see your lands. I am Choctaw and we have been resting for far to long! I only wish the Choctaw Nation had lands on the border, we have been iching for a long while now. Leadhorse