Friday, July 11, 2008

Police Attack Mohawk Grandmothers

Solidarity with Katenies!
-- "Canada" has no jurisdiction over Mohawk land

On July 14, 2008, Mohawk grandmother and activist Katenies has again been
ordered to appear before a judge in the Superior Court of Cornwall,
Ontario. Again, Katenies will refuse to recognize the authority of the
courts and demand that Canadian officials prove they have jurisdiction
over her as an Indigenous woman.

One month ago, on June 14, 2008, Katenies -- accompanied by Kahentinetha
of the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory - was targeted for arrest by Canadian
Border Services Agency (CBSA) guards on an outstanding warrant for
allegedly "running the border" in 2003, and offenses resulting from her
refusal to appear in court and validate the colonial justice system.

Katenies has maintained since 2003 that border officials and the Canadian
colonial courts have no jurisdiction over Kanion'ke:haka people or land.
In January 2007, Katenies served court officials with a "Motion to
Dismiss", demanding that they establish jurisdiction, if any, over Mohawks
and their ability to travel freely between "Canada" and the "United

[The Motion to Dismiss is linked here:
] and summarized as follows.

During the CBSA attack, Katenies and Kahentinetha - who are both writers
and contributors to Mohawk Nation News (MNN) - were treated brutally by
border guards. Both were handcuffed and tackled to the ground. Katenies
was jailed for three days. Kahentinetha suffered a heart attack and is
under the care of her family. [ ]

[Reports about the CBSA attack, and background information, are linked at:

As mainly non-native groups and collectives based in settler communities
on or near Mohawk lands, we are publicly standing in support of Katenies,
and demand all charges against her by the colonial courts be dropped. We
also condemn the brutal attacks by the CBSA on both Katenies and
Kahentinetha on June 14, 2008 and declare our solidarity with Indigenous
struggles for land, freedom and self-determination.

Endorsed by:
Agitate (Ottawa)
Les Apatrides Anonymes (Montreal)
Block the Empire-Montreal
Common Cause (Ontario)
Kingston Indigenous Solidarity Network
No One Is Illegal-Kingston
No One Is Illegal-Montreal
No One Is Illegal-Ottawa
La Otra CampaƱa (Montreal)
People's Global Action Bloc (Ottawa)
Solidarity Across Borders (Montreal)

To endorse this statement, and Katenies, please contact This legal challenge will cost
money. MNN has none. Canada is apparently hiring top law firms to fight
the Mohawks. If you could send donations, it would be greatly appreciated
to: "MNN Mohawk Nation News", Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L
1B0. Nia:en/Thank you very much.


Blogger Frank Partisan said...

Very interesting post. Just that she held the state off as long as she had, was something in itself.

8:33 PM  
Blogger Larry Gambone said...

Latest news is that Kahentinetha has fortunately survived. I will up-date as I find out more.

10:10 PM  
Blogger mollymew said...

I think it is the fault of my browser, but the right hand side of the post above runs off into oblivion. Does anyone else have this problem ?

11:10 AM  

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