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“Sometimes the law is an ass”

Mohawk Ellen Gabriel.

Mohawk Ellen Gabriel.

by Ellen Gabriel, Two Row Times, August 13, 2014

With Respect to All my Relations

Let’s be clear here, the Kahnawà:ke residency Law that states anyone who marries a non-Mohawk or non-“Indian” automatically has to leave: “you marry out stay out”; this is not a Mohawk law but colonial assimilation rhetoric implementing the Indian Act’s policy. Read the rest of this entry

Kahnawake eviction controversy gets personal

Cheryl Diabo with sign denouncing her relationship with a non-Native on the Kahnawake reserve near Montreal.

Cheryl Diabo with sign denouncing her relationship with a non-Native on the Kahnawake reserve near Montreal.

By Geoffrey Vendeville, The Montreal Gazette, August 15, 2014

Leaving her house with her teenage son on their way to a traditional ceremony, Cheryl Diabo found a sign in her driveway on Aug. 10. The handmade poster duct-taped to her garbage bin said: “Kwe (Hello)! My name is Cheryl Myiow (her father’s last name) & I live with a white man.”

Later, she posted a photo of the sign on Facebook. “I wanted people to see how bad this kind of behaviour is,” she told The Gazette. “It’s not a joke. It hurts people.”

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