SUCKERED BY POLITICIANS & LAWYERS –
HOW THE CONFEDERACY WENT OFF THE RAILS
AND FORGOT TO CONSULT THE PEOPLE
MNN. Sep. 27, 2007. The original Haudenosaunee Law
is based on clear thinking and not on emotion or fear.
The Six Nations Confederacy Royaner [chiefs] who
follow the Handsome Lake religion are an emotional
people. It’s a Christian based revitalization movement
of the early 1800s that was brought into the longhouse.
They believe that the “creator’ is going to solve our
problems for us. This fear based inhibition stops them
from aggressively pushing the Six Nations sovereignty
and land issue. Too bad!
In the Christian religion that the colonial law is based
on there is a story about Moses and a burning bush
and how he got the Ten Commandments directly from
God. Our story is about our efforts to get people to
join the confederacy. The extent and complexity of
these stories is meant to remind us about how much
care is needed to reach a true consensus. We have
to understand people’s minds. The colonial law is
based on command. They don’t need consensus.
They just have to obey.
Our spokespersons at the Six Nations “talks” with
Canada and Ontario went off track somewhere along
the way. In a recent update from one of our
spokespersons there is a reference to the law of the
“Creator”. This is consistent with the English
concept of legality where they stick a cross on top
of everything, including the Crown.
According to the Kaianerekowa, the Great Law of
Peace, only the women can make a decision concerning
the land [wampum 44]. The Haudenosaunee women
own the land and the soil. The newly created
“Haudenosaunee Development Institute” HDI is a
violation of the Kaianerehkowa. It’s an attempt to
usurp the power and authority of the Haudenosaunee
women. The Royaner [chiefs] and Oyaner [clan mothers]
are supposed to represent our ideas. Instead, they made
decisions on our behalf without consulting us.
MNN did an internet search and found that the name,
“Haudenosaunee Development Institute”, is not available
in Ontario. This suggests that someone might have or is
in the process of registering or incorporating the
“Haudenosaunee Development Institute” under Ontario
law. This represents an alienation from our sovereign
independence and a submission to Ontario law.
These spokespersons never presented the proposal to
form such an Institute to us. We were never shown this
organization’s constitutional documents. We are told
that HDI is not incorporated, that it falls under the
jurisdiction of the Confederacy. If it were to be i
ncorporated under colonial laws, we could be sued
and all our assets could be seized such as equipment
and bank accounts, not to mention the main prize, our
Our assets are being signed over to the HDI board
members. HDI not being incorporated allows individual
board members to be sued and held responsible for
any decisions HDI makes. What protection do we
have in this new concoction that extinguishes our
political rights in this area? None! Who’s paying the
liability insurance for the board members?
The “Institute” is not being recognized as a governmental
authority that represents us. It appears that the money
collected for our land will go to the institute, not to the
people. Sounds more and more like a private company,
doesn’t it? It is just asking to be turned into a land
What went wrong in the “talks”? It is our custom to
change spokespersons frequently. This is to make
sure that they continue to communicate with us and
that we remain fully informed. Then we select someone
else to be our spokesperson. This system raises the
level of knowledge among everybody and better decisions
are made. It also protects our representatives from
bribery and assimilation into the elitist culture of those
who sit in positions of power in colonial society.
We made a mistake. We have been letting the same
people go to these meetings throughout. In the
process they seem to have lost touch with us.
Everything was turned upside down. Instead of
reporting on the “talks”, and letting us decide what
to do next, an elite group of “faithkeepers, clan
mothers, chiefs, and many of our Ratiskenekethe…
took it upon themselves” to make decisions on our
behalf. They did not meet the people BEFORE HDI
was set up. They are trying “to explain what they did”.
We must be informed to make a proper decision.
Then that decision is taken back to the talks with
Canada, Ontario or any other foreign nation or
corporation we may be dealing with.
Our spokespeople should not have put us in a
position where we are called “dissidents” on
our own land by our own people who are supposed
to be representing us. Their position is that we will
be tolerated regarding the Stirling Street housing
development. We are “O:ya non eagaeya dodinidoha”
or “they’ve chosen a different idea to do something
different from what the Council thought best for this
situation”. This goes against the root concept of the
Kaianerehkowa and modern international law. Both
require “prior, informed consent” of the people before
any decision affecting our resources is made.
One of the spokespersons says in the update that
those who obstruct them “will have to face our
Creator”. This also shows how things got off track.
Nobody has to face the “creator”. They have to face
us, the people, and tell us what they’re up to. They
have to come out of their colonial trance and start
Haudenosaunee law provides that meetings shall
not take place after sundown, to make sure that
decisions are made with a clear mind and not rushed.
We all know how important it is to “sleep on” major
decisions. MNN has learned that one clan mother
was pressured into signing the documents that set
up HDI at 3 am. Nothing signed at this hour is valid.
This must be why she forgot that she did not have
the right to sign. Why are 3 Cayuga clan women
signing for everybody? The proper person must
be selected by the people in a public process.
Other questions concern the role of Aaron Detlor.
How did he come to be the lawyer for the Haudenosaunee?
He is not being paid by funds under our control. He is
paid by the Ontario government. Therefore, he represents
Ontario, not us. This is not independent legal advice.
It’s a huge conflict of interest.
Aaron Detlor claims to be a lawyer and technician for the
Confederacy. He drafted what he calls a “precedent
setting” agreement with a developer to build houses
on our land. We never saw or agreed to this. The
colonial police was sent in to stop those Haudenosaunee
who were trying to force the Confederacy and the
developer to follow our law.
Our spokespersons seem to have been bewitched by
John Tory the conservative candidate for Premier in
the Ontario election. In Caledonia he said “if elected …
on October 10th, he would change provincial laws to
broaden the definition of trespassing and double
existing fines for those [Indigenous] who defy the
order and illegally occupy lands”.
Our spokesperson exclaimed, “Finally someone who
agrees with the Haudenosaunee”. What nonsense!!!
John Tory did not say that Ontario would respect
Haudenosaunee law and sovereignty. He wants us
to submit to the colonial order that he is hoping to
head. Under him we can look forward to more
oppression than ever. Our spokesperson gave him
How can we get things back on track? We have to
recognize that the HDI is not legal under Haudenosaunee
law. It is merely a proposal. All the documents need to
be circulated to all members of the Confederacy living
at Six Nations and in our other communities on Turtle
Island. We need to decide whether it conforms to our
laws and to our “nation-to-nation” position.
We need to stop our spokespersons from being
assimilated into the colonial government, especially
their knee jerk apology to the people who attacked our
children. These Indigenous kids were part of a group
raising the issue of another illegal housing development.
They took a brave stand. We knew all too well that they
were exposing themselves to the full force of colonial
One of those arrested was refused bail because “he
disrespected Canadian rule of law, does not comply
with band council rules and doesn’t listen to the
Confederacy spokespeople”. He is being jailed for
thinking for himself, attempting to protect the future
generations and not obeying the law of usurpers and
How can we trust the people who have been wining
and dining with the colonial representatives? One
day they told us there will be no development. The
next day the shovels appeared and 90 new houses
are going to be built by one man. What kind of man
needs 90 homes?
The spokespeople pretend that the Haudenosaunee
represents the settler population too. No way! It’s
their problem when their government does not
consult them. If they don’t like it, they can change
their political system. We cannot represent those who
have no participation in our government process.
Who are you, HDI? This is an evil slight of hand
being tried against us. The colonists would like
to solve the Six Nations problem once and for all
by incorporating or registering the Six Nations in
Ontario. What the Royaner, Oyaner and our
spokespersons are doing is just plain illegal and
they have to be stopped!
Contact: donations for legal defense and updates:
Janie Jamieson, %R.R. 1, Ohsweken
[Ontario, Canada] N0A 1M0 – DubbleJ71@aol.com.
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