MNN. MAR. 15, 2013.
Mohawk Warrior and Champion of the People Dies – March 13, 2013. A great loss to the people, to the nation, to the resistance, anti-imperialist movement right across Great Turtle Island.
On March 13th, Dacajeweiah, Splitting-the-Sky, 61, left us forever when he passed away in his home in Adams Lake, British Columbia. Dac’s colonial name was John Boncore Hill, from Six Nations. “From Attica to Gustafsen Lake,” and thereafter, he was a warrior, a comrade, a brother, a father, a grandfather, a friend.
We deeply mourn his loss.
The family will release a biographical statement and details of memorial arrangements in due course. With deepest love to his wife, She-Keeps-the-Door, and children. We stand with Dac’s many many co-fighters and friends. He loved the People. The AIM song is dedicated to the continuance of the resistance after a warrior has fallen A.I.M. song
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If not for Dacajeweiah, I would not have learned of MNN, Oka, Gustafsen and so much more. A great man in a world with few men.
This is a huge loss to Indigenous Native peoples everywhere, and to ALL people of goodwill. He was a true warrior and educator, and shall be honored and remembered as such. Goodbye my Brother…
Editorial Board Member & Columnist
THE BLACK COMMENTATOR
May the Creator receive Splitting-the-Sky into his arms.
A loss of any outspoken anti-imperialist activist and voice of the people is a great loss to the world. My deepest condolences. May he RIP.
He was one of the most influential people in my life next to my Mother and Father. I met him twenty-two years ago in New York City. I had the privilege of working along side Dacajeweiah and his brother Good Leaf to organize a demonstration outside the UN in 1992. He was magic…to say the least. Our friendship re-connected here in BC. Dac his wife Sandra and children were a part mine and my son’s life these last 16 years. My heart is heavy and I am deeply saddened to loose such a special, spectacular person. There is no other like him. He was my friend/brother and defender of the people ALL people….Rest my brother I will miss you always. Until we meet again.
With Love and Respect
We Lost “Splitting the Sky”, a Mohawk Warrior and Activist
17 March 2013 No Comment
Canada Palestine Association is deeply saddened by the recent passing of Mohawk warrior and indigenous activist Splitting the Sky (John Boncore). The Palestinian people are indebted to Splitting the Sky for his enduring resistance and uncompromising anti-colonial positions, as well as his long time support of the Palestinian struggle. He was an early member of the American Indian Movement and also attempted a citizen’s arrest of U.S. President George W. Bush in 2009 in Calgary for war crimes and crimes against humanity .
We were honored to have him deliver a solidarity message on the occasion of the Int’l Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians in 2003 in Vancouver, an event that also featured the parents of Rachel Corrie.
Our condolences to his family, friends and nation; rest assured his legacy will carry on!
Chair, Canada Palestine Association
Cohost, Voice of Palestine
Such tragic news, he was an amazing speaker and so so brave! Sympathy to his loved ones.
A huge loss. We have lost a truly courageous man.
I am deeply saddened by the loss of fellow activist, both as a person and a fighter for all peoples and all our relations. His work on indigenous sovereignty, prison justice, and justice for all peoples and animals was outstanding. His fighting and loving spirit and great sense of humour will be what I remember of this great warrior and human being. With deepest condolences to Splitting the Sky’s family, friends, and other freedom fighters. Rest in peace my brother, you will be remembered and your efforts have inspired many to take up the fight. Roslyn Cassells, settler in support of indigenous sovereignty
a snowflake came an took him home to that happy hunting grounds ,, n boy is he dancing..worried about us a ltttle but knows now he can really fight for us…hewas a great friend…n he planted the kanesatake white pines in bc.. awesome…
I just read about our dear brother, friend and comrade; I’m at a computer in the library and I’m close to tears. So sad to hear he has left us, but he will be missed and remembered as a great fighter for justice for his people and all oppressed people. I will forever cherish the many fond memories I have, remembering him giving great speeches at the annual African Liberation Day events in Washington, DC during the 1990s.
May the Ancestors receive him warmly . . . .
what a kind human being who stood up for what is right and truth. another kindness leaving this earth. but our loss, Ishra’s gain and he is happy now but he had to get over his shock.