Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Six Nations: Council House Retaken

Six Nations Haudenosaunee are celebrating 2007 by moving back into the old Confederacy Council house in Ohsweken at Six Nations.

The Council House, built in 1864 is 140 years old and predates Confederation. The building served as the council house for the Six Nations Confederacy Council until 1924 when the council was ousted by the Canadian government and an elected band council imposed.

This is truly a great way to start the new year! I hope that finally, after all the years, the Six Nations will get back what is rightfully theirs. And I also hope that this year will begin an honest effort by our governments to resolve the many long outstanding native land-claims and right the injustices perpetrated upon all our First Nations Peoples.

On the first day of the New Year Six Nations people will mark a turning point in their collective history by returning the building to the Haudenosaunee Chiefs in a ceremony at the building. The move is being heralded as a peaceful movement to begin the healing process and restore Haudenosaunee identity to Six Nations.

For background on the retaking of the council house and the special article, go to the ocap blog:

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