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Haudenosaunee scholar John Mohawk found dead in his home

John Mohawk, Seneca author and educator, dies at 61
Thursday, December 14, 2006

Haudenosaunee scholar and author John Mohawk, who was a speaker at Syracuse Stage during the Onondaga Nation land rights lecture series, was found dead Tuesday in his Buffalo home.

Mohawk, 61, a member of the Seneca Nation and associate professor at the University of Buffalo, was a leading voice on Native American issues, said Tadodaho Sid Hill, the spiritual leader of the six Haudenosaunee nations.

"He educated native people about who we are and why we're still here. He's a great loss to us," Hill said.

In 1990, Mohawk helped negotiate a peaceful resolution to a violent confrontation between Mohawks and Canadian authorities at Oka, Quebec, said Donald Grinde, chair of the university's American Studies program. That same year, Mohawk traveled with a Haudenosaunee delegation to Moscow to address an international environmental forum.

Mohawk wrote "Utopian Legacies: A History of Conquest and Oppression in the Western World" and was a contributing editor of "Exiled in the Land of the Free."





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Biography/Articles:
 http://www.indiancountry.com/author.cfm?id=220
Name: John C. Mohawk
Position: Columnist
Organization: Indian Country Today

John C. Mohawk, Ph.D., is an author and professor in the Center for the Americas at the State University at Buffalo, New York. He is currently serving as the Director of Indigenous Studies at the Center. He is also founder and director of the Iroquois White Corn Project and the Pinewoods Caf?, which are located on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation in Western New York. IWCP and the Pinewoods Cafe are projects that promote and sell Iroquois white corn products and foods to revitalize indigenous agriculture and to reintroduce the traditional Iroquois dietary and to support contemporary indigenous farmers.

He has a long history as a writer and editor and served as editor for Aksesasne Notes from 1967 to 1983. In 1978 he was contributing editor to "A Basic Basic Call to Consciousness," a book about the issues taken by the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy to a Conference at Geneva Switzerland in an effort to establish international law standards for rights of indigenous peoples. The work of Akwesasne Notes during the years 1976 to 1983 was of signal importance to the movement of Indian people seeking human and civil rights. John Mohawk's intellectual leadership, grounded in a strong traditional Longhouse base, provided the Native discussion with clear parameters on which to build. In 1987 to 1995 Mohawk served as editor for Daybreak, a national magazine which focused on Native American and indigenous topics.

John Mohawk, Seneca, served as a delegate for the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy to the conflict on the Ganienkeh Indian Territory in 1975. He represented Akwesasne Notes during a fact-finding trip to Teheran, Iran, during the American Embassy hostage crisis in 1980. He was a founding board member of the Seventh Generation Fund and the Indian Law Resource Center. He was a negotiator for the Mohawk Nation at the Crisis at Racquette Point in 1981. He was also an active member of the Seneca Nation's Salamanca Lease Committee and helped to negotiate the settlement that became the 1988 Salamanca Settlement Act. In 1990 he was designated a representative from the Haudenosaunee to the Oka Crisis in Southern Quebec. He received his M.A. degree in American Studies in 1989 and Ph.D. in 1994, and is widely recognized as a leading scholar of Seneca culture and history. His thesis was entitled: "A View From Turtle Island: Chapters in Iroquois Mythology, History, and Culture."

He is author of dozens of newspaper and magazine articles and received the Native American Journalism Association Best Historical Perspective of Indigenous People Award in 2000 and 2001. His latest book is Utopian Legacies: A History of Conquest and Oppression in the Western World, a history of the impact of revitalization movements on the history and culture of Western Civilization. He teaches a wide range of courses including Topics in Cultural History, American Indian History, Native American Identity Crisis, American Indian Law, American Pluralism, and others.

2006/5/5
- Mohawk: Defending the Seneca Nation
2006/3/24
- Mohawk: A racist doctrine ensures racist behavior
2006/3/17
- Mohawk: The death penalty is really problematic
2006/1/12
- Mohawk: Project of economic globalization resisted
2005/12/15
- Mohawk: Morales poised to win Bolivia's presidency
2005/11/10
- Mohawk: Libby indictment damages administration's credibility
2005/9/8
- Mohawk: In important ways, war and flood are connected
2005/9/1
- Mohawk: 'Intelligent design' and faith-based science
2005/6/17
- Mohawk: The dark side, redux
2005/5/19
- Mohawk: The age of extinctions is upon us
2005/5/5
- Mohawk: Traditional nutrition can prevent disease
2005/4/28
- Mohawk: Industrial society and the culture wars
2005/3/25
- Mohawk: Climate change in America
2005/3/3
- Mohawk: Churchill controversy represents a split in America
2005/2/24
- Mohawk: U.S. policy in Iraq not sustainable
2005/1/14
- Mohawk: Tsunami and other natural disasters have lessons to teach
2005/1/10
- Mohawk: Vine Deloria Jr.'s unfolding legacy
2004/12/30
- Mohawk: The threat of climate change continues unabated
2004/12/3
- Mohawk: Nabhan book is highly recommended
2004/11/12
- Mohawk: The unending threats in our time
2004/11/5
- Mohawk: Hopi prophecy pointed to climate change
2004/10/29
- Mohawk: Reality is out of sync
2004/10/15
- Mohawk: Revitalization fever infects Bush administration
2004/10/5
- Mohawk: Kaplan's missing context ignores differences
2004/9/18
- Mohawk: Indigenous rights must become a priority
2004/9/10
- Mohawk: Mythological America is an unjust society
2004/8/20
- Mohawk: Bolivia's Indians confront globalization
2004/8/13
- Mohawk: The Iraq war is not going well
2004/7/9
- Mohawk: Western Shoshone case shows need for unity
2004/6/25
- Mohawk: The charismatic presidency
2004/6/4
- Mohawk: America's credibility and the torture scandal
2004/5/21
- Mohawk: U.S. v. Lara revisits major contradictions in U.S. Indian Law
2004/4/1
- Mohawk: Abandoning the principle of law is the wrong way to go
2004/2/20
- Mohawk: Why no follow-up attacks by al-Qaeda?
2004/1/23
- Mohawk: The tragedy of colonization
2003/12/30
- Mohawk: The Fundamental President
2003/12/29
- Mohawk: The Indian Scrooge
2003/12/12
- Mohawk: New York's tax law has shaky foundation
2003/11/26
- Mohawk: Thanksgiving serves up some 'old time religion'
2003/9/15
- Mohawk: Despite advances, threats to indigenous peoples abound
2003/8/18
- Mohawk: Faith-based war coverage
2003/7/22
- Mohawk: These Supreme Court decisions do not signal a trend
2003/7/14
- Mohawk: Peace seems as elusive as ever
2003/6/13
- Mohawk: Law and politics in Indian country
2003/5/12
- Mohawk: Indigenous peoples have a place on the world stage
2003/5/2
- Mohawk: Three Indian contributions to Western Civilization
2003/3/31
- Mohawk: Why some American fundamentalists embrace Israel
2003/3/24
- Mohawk: The world water shortage is no Chicken Little fantasy
2003/2/14
- War in Iraq seems inevitable
2003/1/24
- Mohawk: President proposes minority rights with no regard to outcomes
2002/12/30
- Update on war against Al Qaeda
2002/12/3
- 2002 election signals little shift in voter sentiment
2002/11/20
- The necessity for war is still in doubt
2002/10/21
- President needs to provide leadership in ailing economy
2002/10/7
- News media is ignoring important questions about war with Iraq
2002/9/20
- Al Qaida will also never be the same
2002/9/6
- President needs to explain the Texas Rangers deal
2002/8/20
- Congressional and corporate corruption harm ordinary Americans
2002/8/12
- Supreme Court Justice Scalia as spokesman in the culture wars
2002/7/25
- Food, technology and health not in sync
2002/7/12
- Is war with Iraq practical?
2002/6/15
- Tyranny of the majority a paradox in democracies
2002/6/6
- Ignoring the facts can lead to disaster
2002/5/13
- Enron, Andersen and the new economy mythology
2002/4/30
- Descending into madness: the Arab-Israeli conflict
2002/4/14
- Economic globalization and its discontents
2002/3/26
- Searching for the third world James Bond
2002/3/10
- Black history helps illuminate persistent issues
2002/2/19
- Repairing wrongs gives rise to hate groups

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