Mohawk and Haudenosaunee Environmental Home Pages

Akwesasne First Environment Program For centuries, the Mohawks have relied on the St. Lawrence River for food, medicines, commerce, trade and recreation. That was until the St. Lawrence Seaway (including the Moses-Saunders Power Dam) was introduced upstream from the reservation, bringing industries which have contaminated the river, its fragile ecosytems and the people of Akwesasne.

Akwesasne Health Studies The NIEHS/EPA Superfund Basic Research Program (SBRP), now in its eleventh year, encourages partnerships between environmental health scientists at the University at Albany, State University of New York (SUNY) and the Mohawk community at Akwesasne.

American Friends Service Committee AFSC has been assisting the Akwesasne Task Force on the Environment in renewing natural resources in Akwesasne. The heart of this region is the St. Lawrence River, and the fish who swim in it were once an important source of protein for Mohawk people. But industrial plants upstream polluted the river with chemical wastes, making fish no longer safe for consumption. Work focuses on political action to clean up the wastes, as well as on community education about the hazards and development of a land-based economy.

Mother Earth and Us A web page by Kanatiyosh, a Mohawk/Onondaga from Akwesasne which promotes skennenkowa (great peace) for the natural world, human beings and future generations.

The St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division This page describes the SRMT Environment Division and its projects.

Other Mohawk and Haudenosaunee Home Page

Akwesasne Artists Official home page of Akwesasne artisans and crafterworkers.

Akwesasne Cultural Center The Akwesasne Cultural Center includes a public library on the top floor and the Akwesasne Museum downstairs. The museum has over 3,000 artifacts dating from pre-European contact to the present.

Akwesasne Border Crossing Case Dr. Robert Venables, a professor at Cornell University, teaches his popular two-semester undergraduate course on the history and culture of American Indians. He will be adding a new lecture about a recent court decision in Canada that will have far-reaching effects on Indian rights. The case took nine years to come to trial and focused on the treaty rights of the Mohawk Nation under the Canadian constitution.

Akwesasne Freedom School The Akwesasne Freedom School is dedicated to keeping the language and culture of the Mohawk people alive.

Akwesasne Library The Akwesasne Library has a collection of more than 28,000 books. The Native Collection is one of the largest in Northern New York with over 2,400 volumes.

Akwesasne Governments The Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs is the only council in Akwesasne which recognizes and utilizes a traditional form of government led by clanmothers, faithkeepers, and chiefs. In the early 1900s, the St. Regis Band Council (now called the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne) and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Council were forcibly put in place by the Canadian and New York State governments, respectively, in an attempt to replace the traditional system of political representation.

Akwesasne Notes Magazine Selected articles from Akwesasne Notes.

Great Peace CD-ROM The Gathering of Good Minds is a CD-ROM which explores the history, culture, values and spirituality of the Haudenosaunee. It is produced by native people about the Haudenosaunee. It is a must have for libraries, schools, colleges, Universities and other educational institutions.

Indian nations of New York in 1892 Census Report Dr. Robert Venables, a senior lecturer in the American Indian Program at Cornell University, writes the introduction to this document which has been crucial to the Six Nations Confederacy in arguing their sovereignty and legal rights. Published by Cornell University Press: The Six Nations of New York: The 1892 United States Census Bulletin (Cornell Press, 1995) presents a detailed portrait of the people of the Six Nations -- Mohawks, Oneidas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Senecas and Tuscaroras, whose ancestral homeland stretches across what is now called the state of New York. Battles for sovereignty, land claims, border rights, and protection for treaty guaranteed freedom from taxation are still being fought in these communities and courtrooms across New York state and the nation as Haudenosaunee attempt to preserve their culture, treaty rights and land.

Iroquois Authors: A web page listing works by Haudenosaunee authors.

Iroquois Resource Materials A listing of Iroquois Newspapers

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne - SDHD Department of Social Development & Health.

Mohawk Columnist Doug George - Kanentiio - Article on the Three Sisters (corn, beans and squash)- the Sustainers of Life.

Mohawk Land Claims Press Release from the Mohawk Nation Council of Chiefs discussing why New York State broke off negotiations with Mohawks to settle land claim issues. In a move contrary to the wishes of the Mohawks and of the Federal Judge hearing the case, New York broke off negotiations for a settlement of the Mohawk land claim in Northern New York. The negotiations had been on-going for more than ten years, and many participants felt we were finally nearing a satisfactory conclusion for all parties.

The Mohawk Valley Project - Kanatsiohareke Describes the Mohawk community of Kanatsiohareke which was re-established in the Mohawk Valley in 1993.

Mohawk Singers and Dancers The Akwesasne Mohawk Singers are among the foremost performers of Iroquois traditions in North America today. Their performances of Iroquois dance, song and storytelling have been presented at Carnegie Hall, the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife, the National Museum of American Indian, and the Canadian Museum of Civilization as well as at many cultural organizations and schools throughout the United states, Canada, and Europe.

Native North American Travelling College NNATC is a cultural/educational organization that promotes Mohawk/Iroquois culture and traditions through publication of pamphlets, booklets, CD ROM's, and posters. These materials include Iroquois themes, promoting the culture, traditions, and values of the Haudenosaunee.

Seven Generations Mohawk Text book used by Kahnawake Survival School. Includes: Introduction / Mohawk Creation Story / Mohawk Symbolism / Tekanawita / Iroquois Confederacy / Sovereignty / Priohecies

Six Nations of the Grand River Located on the Grand River, Six Nations is the largest First Nation Communittee in Canada.

Six Nations Indian Museum Christine, Ray and John Fadden founded the Six Nations Indian Museum in Onchiota, NY in 1954. It houses a myriad of items of Haudenosaunee culture. Its floors, walls and ceilings are decorated with Haudenosaunee symbols, informational charts, beaded belts, paintings and items of historical and cultural signficance. For more information see also: Six Nations Museum

Tuscarora and Six Nations Site features Native American news and links to other Haudenosaunee web pages.

The Wampum Chronicles A website of Mohawk History

97.3 FM - CKON Mohawk Nation Radio

Other Native Environmental Home Pages

First Nations Environmental Network A circle of Canadian First Nations people working to protect and restore the balance of all life through traditional Indigenous values and the path of our ancestors.

First Nations and the Environment Contains articles on Native American Environmental Issues, First Nations Protocol, Environmental Equity, Fisheries, Deep Ecology and Animal Rights.

Fourth World Documentation Project Anti-Treaty Movement Contains documents that look at the anti-treaty and anti-Indian groups, including their connections to the Wise Use Movement.

Hopi Message to the United Nations Thomas Banyacya addressed the general assembly in 1993 and spoke on Hopi prophesy and the state of the Earth.

Indigenous Agricultural and Environmental Knowledge Systems A thematic essay on traditional environmental knowledge.

Indigenous Environmental Network IEN is an alliance of grassroots Indigenous peoples whose mission is to protect the sacredness of Mother Earth from contamination and exploitation by strengthening, maintaining and respecting traditional teachings and natural laws.

Indigenous Women's Environmental Network Native women opposing the Saskatchewan, Meadow Lake Tribal Council's proposal to build a permanent high level nuclear waste repository in northern Saskatchewan.

Native Americans and the Environment This page contains a wonderful bibliography of resources about Native environmental issues.

Shundahai Network An international network of activists and organizations that work to bridge the gap between the environmental, peace and justice and indigenous land rights communities.

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