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First Nations entrepreneurs are asserting sovereignty and seizing the new cannabis economy

Six Nations weed raid cops

An officer from the Six Nations police aims an assault rifle during a Nov. 16, 2017, raid of the Mohawk Medicine herbal dispensary in Six Nations. (Submitted by Seth LeFort)

Six Nations cannabis dispensary owner defiant after raid: ‘Stay out of our affairs’

By Jorge Barrera, CBC News, Jan 10, 2018

Jeff Hawk said he was sitting in the lounge area of his dispensary chatting with friends early on Tuesday evening when several assault-rifle wielding Six Nations police officers burst in, ordering everyone to get on the ground. Read the rest of this entry

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John Boots arrested for Tyendinaga train blockades

OPP at the CN railway near Tyendinaga, Mohawk Territory (in Ontario), March 8, 2014.

OPP at the CN railway near Tyendinaga, Mohawk Territory (in Ontario), March 8, 2014.

CTV News/The Canadian Press, March 24, 2014

NAPANEE, Ont. — Provincial police say they have charged a man in connection with two protests that occurred this month in Tyendinaga Township in eastern Ontario.

John Boots, 43, of Akwesasne First Nation, was arrested on Saturday and charged with two counts of mischief.

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Protest for Indigenous women and girls halts rail traffic near Tyendinaga

Women from Tyendinaga lead blockade of VIA Rail train, March 19, 2014.

Women from Tyendinaga lead blockade of VIA Rail train, March 19, 2014.

APTN National News, March 19, 2014

Rail traffic has been halted between Montreal and Toronto after a protest near Tyendinaga triggered a shut down of CN Rail’s main line tracks beginning Tuesday evening to pressure the federal government to call a national inquiry into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Read the rest of this entry

Support the Tyendinaga Arrestees!

Tyendinaga Mohawks have erected a tipi as part of their blockade, March 2, 2014.

Tyendinaga Mohawks have erected a tipi as part of their blockade, March 2, 2014.

Urgent need for money to cover legal fees for Tyendinaga Warriors!

On March 8, following a week of action demanding a national inquiry into the at least 825 missing and murdered indigenous women across Canada, warriors from Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory blocked the CN mainline. This action, which fell on International Women’s Day, came the day after the release of a Parliamentary report which attempted to dismiss and deny the crisis of missing and murdered indigenous women and prevent any meaningful response or action. This is a continuation of colonization and its inherent violence against Indigenous communities, particularly Indigenous women. For more information on missing and murdered women in Canada, please visit: missingjustice.ca Read the rest of this entry

Mohawk Shawn Brant says he became violently ill after jailhouse meal

Tyendinaga Mohawk Shawn Brant (2007 photo).

Tyendinaga Mohawk Shawn Brant (2007 photo).

Kenneth Jackson, APTN National News, March 11, 2014

Mohawk activist Shawn Brant has asked the Ontario Provincial Police not to erase cellblock video of his stay in custody Saturday after he claims to have fallen violently ill in his cell. Read the rest of this entry

Mohawk Warriors and OPP skirmish at Blockade

From March 8, 2014, confrontation at Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. Posted by wc nativenews on Youtube, from APTN.

Tyendinaga rail blockade leads to 3 arrests

Shawn Brant, one of the Tyendinaga Mohawks arrested on March 8, 2014.

Shawn Brant, one of the Tyendinaga Mohawks arrested on March 8, 2014.

By Jason Miller, The Intelligencer, Sunday, March 9, 2014

Shawn Brant is among three people charged in connection with a confrontation between police and native protesters at the scene of a Tyendinaga Township CN Rail blockade Saturday. Read the rest of this entry

3 Mohawks could be charged after Ontario rail blockade

Tyendinaga Mohawk blockade signVia Rail trains between Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal delayed by First Nations protest

CBC/The Canadian Press, Mar 08, 2014

Police have taken four people into custody after Mohawk protesters calling for an inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women occupied CN Rail tracks east of Belleville, Ont. Read the rest of this entry

Tyendinaga Mohawks to ramp up blockade over missing/murdered women inquiry

Ontario Provincial Police at Tyendinaga blockade, March 2014.  Photo by Dawn Barger.

Ontario Provincial Police at Tyendinaga blockade, March 2014. Photo by Dawn Barger.

Kenneth Jackson, APTN National News, March 7, 2014
The Mohawk protesters who have been holding a blockade near Tyendinaga since Sunday are now vowing to increase the intensity in the coming days after the federal government failed to call a national inquiry Friday into missing and murdered Indigenous women. Read the rest of this entry

Ottawa giving RCMP cash for high-tech surveillance targeting Mohawk tobacco trade

Tobacco store in Kahnawake, Mohawk Territory.

Tobacco store in Kahnawake, Mohawk Territory.

APTN National News, Feb 11, 2014
OTTAWAThe federal government is continuing its battle against the underground Mohawk tobacco trade by giving the RCMP new high-tech border surveillance tools, according to the federal budget unveiled Tuesday. Read the rest of this entry