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."
Name: John C. Mohawk
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.
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