June 13, 2018
Kwe, Kennikaientaa Cross iontiats
I’m putting a call out for help at the site on highway 132 near KSS. I have been informed that the police will be conducting an operation at sunrise this morning to remove me and anyone in the way of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake assertions over our lands.
The journey and the path I’ve taken had begun the day I was born. As a kanienkehake we are born with the responsibility to protect and defend our people, land, medicine, animals, waters, our little people, everything that we give thanks for in the Ohenton karihwatehka.
I am here making a stand to defend and protect our forest from destruction from the geotechnical survey for the feasibility study to possibly build the commercial multi purpose complex.
Based on our cultural customs and traditions, we must consult with the people first. The people’s voice needs to be heard on this matter. Our laws say that all the people must come to one mind to decide on issues of this magnitude. I call on all the organizations involved in this issue to go forward using our traditional ways.
In peace and friendship
Rational thinking can be used on this issue:
[Wampums 5 to 11, kaianereh’ko:wa]. Rational thinking requires freedom in body, mind and energy. In the natural way of all onkwehonweh, we have to make up our own mind based on all the facts.
The invaders made laws and the bureaucrats keep political control in the hands of a few, coordinated by the Indian Affairs “war room”. They enforce ownership of us, our children and all life on turtle island and can murder us. It’s called genocide.
GOAL OF THE GREAT PEACE. Collective rational thought and behavior are followed. All people are equal and have a voice to decide what is in the best interests of all. We must fully understand the decision. Everyone’s ideas must be considered and must be directly involved. The final decision is satisfactory to all, not decisions made or enforced by a few murderous invaders with lethal weapons.
TEMPORARY SPOKESPERSONS are selected for the day from dawn to sundown who speak only for the clan and not themselves.
The WELL-KEEPER reaches into the well, pulls out the issue for discussion and considers the path it will take, through a clan, all clans, women’s council, men’s council or all the people. The issue is passed over the Council Fire and the decision is announced. The deliberation begins. The spokespersons either ask questions or report a final decision on behalf of their clan. If the clans disagree, or there is an error or the proceedings are irregular, the spokespersons call for deliberation again. The issue is then passed by all three clans.
THREE CRITERIA. The clans consider the short term and long term pros and cons and whether the three criteria are met: 1. PEACE. Does it preserve the peace that is already established? 2. RIGHTEOUSNESS. Is it morally correct? And 3. POWER. Does it preserve the integrity of the people in the present and how does it affect the future generations?
DURING DELIBERATIONS. Each is asked throughout if they fully understand. If not, the process stops. Every Person has a duty to expand and exercise their minds. Creation made the mind to create a better life. All must be completely reasonable, come with an open mind and fully understand each’s viewpoints. Those who disagree must fully explain their dissenting views. No one can impose their will nor make decisions for another.
All must understand and agree of their own free will. If there is no consensus, the status quo is the consensus. The roytianer and spokespersons ensure that collective rational thought and behavior are followed. All human beings can think rationally to resolve all issues. Human beings are loving, caring and wish to interact positively. People cannot think clearly when they are in psychological plain, or have feelings of rage or have lost hope or want benefits for only themselves.
Our mind can bring us from despair to hope. We can resist manipulation, threats, having decisions made for us or pacifying us. Our minds can create a sane world for the present and future generations, a world safe from the emotional, irrational behavior controlled by fear, hatred, greed, jealousy, suspicion and conflict. We are each naturally distinct with our own views, with the ability to use our minds to ensure the survival of all natural life.
kaianerekowa is focusing on hope, not running away. As Talking Heads sing: “I can’t seem to face up to the facts. I’m tense and nervous and I can’t relax. I can’t sleep ’cause my bed’s on fire. Don’t touch me I’m a real live wire. Psycho Killer. Qu’est-ce que c’est. Fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-fa-far better. Run run run run run run run away oh oh. Psycho Killer.”
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