MNN. Feb. 9, 2015. On May 18, 1997, over 100 Haudenosaunne/Iroquois were brutally beaten by New York State Troopers. They disrupted a sacred tobacco burning ceremony at Onondaga, the capital of the Iroquois Confederacy. Lawyers, Terrance Hoffmann of Syracuse and Abramowitz, Grand, Iason & Anello of New York City, volunteered to act for us, free of charge. Since then the Troopers lost twice to have their case thrown out, purporting they were just carrying out orders in the line of duty.
The Admiralty court was advised that if this case went to trial the Haudenosaunee would win. Judge George Lowe advised NYS to make a financial settlement with us. 13 plaintiffs refused the “cash and shut up” settlement. The case must now proceed to trial. In February 2014 the lawyers made a motion to drop those of us who did not agree with the settlement. This case was never about money. It’s about accountability and holding those responsible to account. Judge Wiley Dancks allowed the lawyers to drop us. [Andrew Jones et al v. Parmley, et al Civil Action No. 98-CV-374 [FJS][TWD].
We are lawyerless and penniless. It seems this was part of their plan. We recently met in Onondaga and became of one mind. We will defend ourselves and ask for all the disclosures. We’ve been 18 years in the wildnerness of the US court system. It reminds us of Apache Chief Geronimo’s last stand in the wilderness of Mexico.
Their whole system is pretend. They don’t even see it! Ha ha!
The United States District Court Northern District of New York may be doing an end around Article 7 of the Canandaigua Treaty which states:
“Lest the firm peace and friendship now established should be interrupted by the misconduct of individuals, the United States and the Six Nations agree, that for injuries done by individuals, on either side, no private revenge or retaliation shall take place; but, instead thereof, complaint shall be made by the party injured, to the other; by the Six Nations or any of them, to the President of the United States… as shall be necessary to preserve our peace and friendship unbroken, until the Legislature (or Great Council) of the United States shall make other equitable provision for that purpose”.
Only the President of the United States shall preserve our peace and friendship unbroken. Canadaigua 1784.
As Bruce Cocburn sings: “Apartheid in Arizona, slaughter in Brazil. If bullets don’t get good p.r., there’s other ways to kill. Kidnap all the children, put them in a foreign system, bring them up in no man’s land where no one really wants them. It’s a stolen land”. We’d appreciate and welcome any help you might have. MNN Kahentinetha2@yahoo.com