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Iroquois on Fire: A Voice from the Mohawk Nation

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In their homelands in what is now New York state, the Iroquois have assumed a prominent role in public debate as residents of the region seek ways to resolve multibillion-dollar land claims. The initial dispute over territorial title has grown to encompass gambling, treaties, taxation, and what it means to claim Native sovereignty.
Written from an Iroquois perspective, Iroquois on Fire is an in-depth study of the historical and social issues raised during the Iroquois’ long ...
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Overview

In their homelands in what is now New York state, the Iroquois have assumed a prominent role in public debate as residents of the region seek ways to resolve multibillion-dollar land claims. The initial dispute over territorial title has grown to encompass gambling, treaties, taxation, and what it means to claim Native sovereignty.
Written from an Iroquois perspective, Iroquois on Fire is an in-depth study of the historical and social issues raised during the Iroquois’ long struggle over disputed territorial titles. Douglas M. George-Kanentiio, a member of the Mohawk Nation and an activist for Native American claims, details the history of his nation from initial contact with the Europeans through the casino crises. As a key figure in the events of the last two decades, he uses his personal story to highlight issues of public interest: the land, family and community, geography, federal interference in tribal affairs, religion, political activism, land use/claims, and connections to organized crime. Though the story he tells is important in and of itself, it is rendered even more so because the interaction between New York and the Iroquois will surely affect the ways in which other states and the Natives who live in them address similar issues.
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“George-Kanentiio, a Mohawk journalist, tells from firsthand experience what forces have conspired to pull the Iroquois apart as a culture, a confederacy, and within each component nation. Christianity and the hegemonic policies of the US and Canada are to blame, but also the greed of Iroquois individuals. . . . The book's warning is heartfelt and compelling. Highly recommended.”—Choice
Connecticut Post Online
“Former Cherokee Nation Chief Wilma Mankiller calls Iroquois on Fire ‘an extraordinary description of the struggles, conflict and determination of traditional people.’ . . . If you are interested in contemporary issues among Native Americans, this book gives them to you, intimately and with passion.”—Connecticut Post Online
Leslie Lo Baugh
Iroquois on Fire is a profound and courageous work.... In this book, the author has set the stage for those with the courage and honor to no longer be passive observers or victims, but instead to take the stage and write the future. I recommend this book to all who can read.”—Leslie Lo Baugh
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803217768
  • Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 1,386,619
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Douglas M. George-Kanentiio was born and raised in Akwesasne Mohawk Territory. An award-winning writer and journalist, he has served the Mohawk Nation in numerous capacities, including as a land-claims negotiator, a cofounder of Radio CKON, and the editor of the news journal Akwesasne Notes. He is the author of the books Iroquois Culture and Commentary and the coauthor of Skywoman: Legends of the Iroquois.
Vine Deloria Jr. (1933–2005) is the author of more than twenty books, including Custer Died for Your Sins, God Is Red, and We Talk, You Listen: New Tribes, New Turf, available in a Bison Books edition.
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Table of Contents

Foreword : Vine Deloria
1 Origins 1
2 Akwesasne 11
3 Ray Fadden-Tehanetorens 39
4 Land claims 51
5 Trade and commerce 61
6 The Cayuga decisions : a call to action 73
7 Oneida 81
8 Akwesasne collapse 95
9 The warriors 103
10 The fight 111
11 The aftermath 119
12 Out of the ashes 127
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