In Defense of Mohawk Land: Ethnopolitical Conflict in Native North America

In Defense of Mohawk Land: Ethnopolitical Conflict in Native North America

by Linda Pertusati
     
 

Examines the conflict that exists between the Mohawk Warrior Movement and Canada within the context of the Mohawk nation's struggle for national self-determination.

During 1990, a land dispute between the Mohawk territory of Kanehsatake and the town of Oka, Quebec, Canada took center stage in the world community, erupting into months of intense and often

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Examines the conflict that exists between the Mohawk Warrior Movement and Canada within the context of the Mohawk nation's struggle for national self-determination.

During 1990, a land dispute between the Mohawk territory of Kanehsatake and the town of Oka, Quebec, Canada took center stage in the world community, erupting into months of intense and often violent confrontation. Rooted in the historical reality of past injustices, the events of the 1990 Mohawk-Oka conflict epitomized the relationship and struggles which exists between Aboriginal nations, ethnonationalist movements, and the state.

By examining the Mohawk-Oka conflict, this book tells a story of struggle and survival during the 1990 invasion by the Quebec provincial police and Canadian army into Mohawk sovereign land. The story is one of an embattled nation’s struggle and aboriginal right to determine its political and economic destiny. Through extensive research of archived documents, newspapers, and interviews with leaders and members of the Mohawk Warrior Movement and other central figures in the Mohawk nation, the author demonstrates how politicized ethnicity and ideology can become significant factors in the repertoire of indigenous ethno-nationalist social movements for generating and maintaining social protest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780791432129
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
04/28/1997
Series:
SUNY Series in Ethnicity and Race in American Life
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
184
Sales rank:
1,002,400
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.42(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

1. Introduction: Aboriginal-State Relations

2. The Framing of Politicized Ethnicity and Nationalism

3. Nations at War: History in Perspective

4. Culture, Ideology, and Organizational Formation: The Rise of the Mohawk Warrior Movement

5. The Mobilization of Mohawk Warrior Militancy

6. Nations at War: Voice, Peaceful Resistance, and Mobilization

7. Nations at War: Voice, Armed Resistance, and Maintenance of Mobilization

8. Politicized Ethnicity and Nationalism: Conclusions

Appendix: Persons Interviewed

References

Index

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