THE “ECONOMIC PYTHON” –
Mohawk Nation News
Two young Indigenous men told us a story about their recent run-ins with the Ontario Provincial police OPP. They are both from two Indigenous communities in southwestern
Previously our people were charged under the Federal Excise & Customs acts only. Then about one month ago
As far as we know cigarettes can be transported from one Indigenous community to another. These guys were arrested in the Indigenous community. Several days ago one of them was pulled over in Akwesasne. Though it was legal, the Akwesasne Police officer said the cigarettes were not allowed in the community. The store this man was delivering to belongs to the police officer’s aunt. She can receive and sell the cigarettes, but the man can’t deliver! Does that make sense?
Welcome to freedom and democracy in
We are being attacked financially. The RCMP, the OPP, the Customs and the Indigenous police are working together. These authorities are purporting that funds from cigarets are supporting the Six Nations reclamation, as if our trade is illegal. When they claim that we are being financial by “organized crime”, they are referring to the cigaret trade. Fair is fair. They should acknowledge that their mines, clear cut logging and other industries that have destroyed our environment are also criminal.
This strategy is meant to choke us economically so we will give up our struggle for our lands and possessions and to starve us into submission. As if it was possible for anyone to return to the 19th century economically! Right now it’s the one million acres of the Haldimand Tract of southern
The anti-Indian hatred being spun by the politicians like Toby Barrett and others in the corporate media prohibits us from getting jobs in the dominant communities. All the branding against “Indians” in the mainstream media by government is meant to make us all look like terrorists, smugglers, criminals, thieves and good for nothings. In other words, to them we are not human beings! This demonizing makes getting a job outside of our communities very difficult. Prospective employers think, “How can we trust him or her. He/she’s an Indian”.
A government agent recently informed the Mohawks of Tyendinaga that, “Your are stealing from us by not collecting taxes for us from your non-native customers”. The reply was, “Who says they’re your taxes! Tobacco is indigenous to
Indigenous businesses are under pressure to close down. Both federal and provincial agencies are ganging up on us. They may have gotten rid of the section of the illegal Indian Act that made it illegal for us to hire lawyers to defend us. But they haven’t stopped trying to deprive us of the means to pay for them, should we want to use them, or even for the food we need to survive during our struggles. If they catch the Indigenous person on or off the rez in a car or a van, they are arrested. If the cops find any cigarettes that have not been branded with a yellow band showing their alien taxes have been paid, the “Indians” are arrested. If convicted they will owe the value of the taxes, the costs, the legal expenses and maybe even jail time.
The courts put as much as $150,000 in fines on our young people. The federal government collects as much as it can from these young people in order to stay out of jail. In 1738 the King of England issued an order to his governors on
If our young people don’t hand over buckets and buckets of this alien voodoo owista, they end up in jail according to some bureaucratic formula, which could be up to 2 years. The young people being terrorized in this way are often fathers of young children. Imprisoning them and giving them a record prevents them from fulfilling their duties to the women, to their families and to their elders. It creates serious psychological problems and compounds the consequences of the harm that we have already experienced. The colonial system set this up as a way to trap us into their policing and welfare system. It’s always their hope that our young people will become druggies, alcoholic, people who have given up and suicidal. It’s the modern methodology of genocide.
The Indigenous people who are trying to run businesses in their communities are deemed to be in unfair competition with the outsiders. This is the “turn the settlers against us” strategy. The customers from outside are pressured and threatened if they buy from us. For example, at Tyendinaga, a customer buying lumber from an Indigenous hardware store owner will be visited by inspectors and pressured into paying taxes. They will pay it because they’re scared that their house will be confiscated or torn down.
The band councils can only hire so many people. The rest of us have to fend for ourselves. This is the hierarchical/patriarchal system that has been imposed on us. Those of us who start little cigarette shops or stores to feed our children are targeted as competing with non-Indian vendors in the area. The local vendors start pressuring their local Member of Parliament accusing us of having an unfair advantage. “We have to shut them down”, they scream. Our businesses are constantly being threatened with closure. We are not sure how to fight this. This is economic terrorism by the federal and provincial governments.
The worst part is when a young Indigenous person in high school starts looking towards their future. Colonial society shows us there is no hope or jobs out there because we’re “Indians”. Most of our businesses are harassed. If they want to work in the
This strategy is meant to strangle the Indigenous people economically. When we claim our legitimate rights, the federal and provincial governments go overboard. Any two-bit bureaucrat thinks that “Indians” are fair game. Is it being engineered by some master mind in some secret war room in
Someone at the top has planned to put the screws around us and tighten each one by shutting off our finances so we can’t make a living. Prime Minister Stephen Harper has warned band councils, “If you don’t play ball, your finances for education are going to be gradually cut”. Hey, we’ll be fine. Just give us the back rent you owe us for
The whole idea is to economically deprive the Indigenous people so that it will weaken our resolve to make
According to Louise Arbour, the Chief Prosecutor of War Crimes before the International Criminal Tribunal in
We remind these vicious colonial serpent heads that putting the squeeze on us will backfire on you.
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