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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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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 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 carry out temporary train blockade

by Kenneth Jackson & Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Dec 30 2012

Tyendinaga rail blockade, Dec 30, 2012.

Tyendinaga rail blockade, Dec 30, 2012.

About three dozen Mohawks from Tyendinaga blocked the main rail line between Toronto and Montreal for several hours Sunday in support of hunger-striking Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence and the Idle No More movement.

The move forced CN to suspend all rail traffic along the line. Read the rest of this entry

Canada will get no warning next time we strike, says Mohawk

By Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Feb 18, 2012

Tyendinaga Mohawks block railway, 2007


The Canadian government won’t get any warning the next time it faces a major strike against its economy of the scale witnessed in 2007 when Mohawks from Tyendinaga shut down rail-lines and one of Canada’s busiest highways for several hours, according to one of the Mohawks involved in the event.

The blockade caused about $100 million in “economic damage,” according to a 2008 “secret” Canadian Security Intelligence Service memo obtained under the Access to Information Act by two academics. Read the rest of this entry