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Akwesasne #3

June 17, 2009

Akwesasne #3

Akwesasne #3

"That statue is very significant," said Akwesasne community elder John Boots, pointing out the statue of Jake Ice (also known as Jake Fire) in front of the now-abandoned Customs and Immigration building. When the government of Canada imposed the Indian Act and Band Council system in Mohawk territory in the late 1800s, explained Boots, the traditional chiefs were jailed or killed. During a stand-off, "Jake Ice reached into his pocket for his tobacco pouch and the Dominion police shot him point blank."

by Sandra Cuffe

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