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Originally posted by CreeWolf
I don't understand why when I go onto the REZ to buy my cigarettes, they have a tax-stamp on each pack. I guess, just like this Mohawk thing, they don't really have the sovereignity they were promised.
Originally posted by DEEZNUTZ
I'm sorry but in Canada issues between the two sides are very heated. I don't dispute that the Canadian Gov't did terrible things in the past. I didn't do it, none of my family had anything to do with it as most taxpayers had no knowledge of what was going on. And generation after generation of taxpayers have invested 100's of Billions dollars into trying to fix the problems of the past only to see vast amounts of it squandered and then demanded that more be given. Well when is enough going to be enough. It was mentioned that Native Bands had to account for the money being spent to ensure that money allocated for rebuilding of reserves was in fact going to those causes. There was a huge uproar over that.
I don't mind as a taxpayer making things right, but the Native People have to take ownership of the fact that it is they who have squandered the opportunities given to them. I don't know what else we can do. I see soo many homeless people on the streets of Vancouver that are Native and it saddens me. Because I know that they have better chances given to them by their Community and the government than the non-native homeless and yet the numbers between the 2 are almost evenly split.
OTTAWA — The border crossing on the Akwesasne reserve near Cornwall is closed in both directions Monday morning as Mohawks continue their protest over the arming of Canadian border guards.
Shortly before midnight, Canadian Border Services Agency guards left their posts in a First Nation that straddles the Ontario, Quebec, and New York borders for "their own safety," Mohawk leaders said early Monday morning.
After a night of negotiations with officials from the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne about the contentious plan to arm border guards, the post was abandoned, Grand Chief Tim Thompson said in a statement
"It's wrong for the current government to turn what is essentially a moral issue into partisan gamesmanship,'' Martin said last week.
Brian Mulroney, the former Conservative prime minister, also expressed support for the accord on the weekend.
"We've existed for 140 years and we have this shameful situation . . . and why?'' Mulroney said on the program The Next Great Prime Minister. "Very simple: we stole their land.''
Mulroney said he "absolutely'' supports the Kelowna agreement.
Originally posted by nethawk
They don't want to start a war with the Mohawks.
Originally posted by whatukno
I am not sure how it works in Canada, but the theory in the United States is that native peoples living on Reservations (Concentration Camps) are people in their own sovereign nation.
Originally posted by star in a jar
They are one of the original peoples of North America, and borders should mean nothing to these people. What gives the government the right to force them to accept the notion of borders, anyway?