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Justice for Tyendinaga Now! (updated)

April 27, 2008

Justice for Tyendinaga Now! (updated)


After over 200 police officers raided the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory west of Belleville, Ontario on April 22nd, 2008 actions have escalated. On the evening of Friday, April 25th, the Tyendinaga community was again under attack, while continuing the blockade intended to protect itself and its "disputed" Quarry. Currently the Nation is surrounded by a wide police perimeter that prevents access to the Quarry.

"At the centre of the dispute is the Culbertson Tract, land which rightfully belongs to the Mohawks of Tyendinaga. Community members have been occupying a gravel quarry site for over a year," according to TMT.

Allies attempting to enter the perimeter are being turned away. Only residents holding valid documentation of property ownership within the perimeter are allowed entry.

Earlier in the week Agent Provocateurs were deployed in the local community to incite a conflict with the Mohawk Nation. The attempt failed but prevented local allies from supporting the Nation due to fear of police retaliation.

Police have attempted to dismantle the Mohawk blockade on Friday, and have beaten and arrested four individuals. These are Matthew James Kunkel, 21, Clint Brant, 29, Daniel John Dorene, 34, and Steve Chartrand, 32. They are scheduled to appear on Monday, April 28, 2008 in Napanee court. Prior to these arrests, Shawn Brent, 44, was arrested at a traffic stop allegedly for his role in preventing racist community members from attacking a woman and her child.

In solidarity, Six Nations' Mohawks in Caledonia have set up similar blockades at the Highway 6 bypass of the Sixth Line bridge and elsewhere.

On Sunday the OPP sent a message to the Rotiskenrekete at the quarry on Mohawk land. Previously the police deceived the men with the offer of a truce. When they cooperated, police officers closed in, violently assaulted, threatened to open fire, and arrested the 4 men. This second offer therefore was met with hesitation. According to the Mohawk News Network, the Rotizkenrekete responded to police by saying “put out a statement that our men did not have guns and that you lied, and then maybe we’ll talk to you.”

Ottawa allies have assembled at Dalton McGuinty's office with placards on Sunday afternoon. Fundraisers are also scheduled to collect supplies for the blockade. The Green Door restaurant is hosting a fundraiser at 6:00 p.m., Monday April 28th. It is advised supplies are to be dropped off. Currently in need are camping, medical, and transportation supplies.

On Monday morning, April 28th, SWAT teams have surrounded the Quarry and have informed the local community spokesperson, Jason Maracle the police forces are moving in. By the afternoon the police disabled one of the Mohawk blockades and are surrounding the area in great numbers.

Ontario allies have begun to converge from Toronto, Ottawa, Guelph, and London to support the communities at Tyendinaga and Six Nations. Supplies and transportation are in dire need immediately.

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Drop off points for supplies

If you want to drop off supplies to be driven up on Tuesday April 29th two Ottawa collection points on Monday between 10am and 4pm are:

OPIRG Ottawa
3rd Floor, 631 King Edward Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 7N8



326 UniCentre Building, Carleton University
1125 Colonel By Drive
Ottawa, Ontario, K1S 5B6

Tel: 613.520.2757

so- called-blockade

The road in your picture is not even remotely similar to the blockade in Deseronto. Where are you getting your information? This is not even where we are. Is this some kind of a sick joke?

Blockade Road

The image was taken on Friday, April 25th, 2008 at the Tyendinaga blockade on Slash Road.

Justice for Tyendinaga

I am a native living in Deseronto. Whoever you are, you have no idea what you are talking about. The so called natives that are putting up the blockades are third and fourth generation with band cards. They are on the highway, they do not need supplies, they go home and live better than you or I do. They leave a couple of people at the site at a time to make it look like someone is there. Beleive me, they are in no need what so ever. Most of the town would like to go past the O.P.P. and take them out, including the Tyendinaga band council. The "Native" protestors are protecting their rights to import and sell illegal drugs and tobacco and get filthy stinking rich! I am totally disgusting at them for making their cause a Native one and drawing simpathy from the public because there are so many reserves out there that really do need help and should be getting it from the government, and are not. This is what this reserve is capitalizing on. If you have any doubt, take a drive throught the reserve near Deseronto, and see for yourself. It will make you sick.