Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

May 19, 2012

Mohawk Nation News: Two Row Decision: Iroquois v. NYS Troopers


By Mohawk Nation News

 MNN.  On May 18, 2012, we stopped playing their games in their artificial court.  We came out with a little bit of their guilt money.     

Exactly fifteen years ago, On May 18, 1997 we were attacked by New York State Troopers.  97 of us brought charges against them in the NYS Northern District Court.  Five have since died.

We people of all Iroquois Confederacy nations had gathered at the property of Andrew Jones on Onondaga Territory for a traditional ceremony. 

As the sacred fire on private land burned, Oren Lyons and the Onondaga Confederacy Chiefs sent in the radical New York State Troopers to terrorize and attack us, using NYS Gestapo tactics.  Our freedom of speech, religion and assembly were violated.     The beatings, false arrests and denial of medical attention were video taped.

We, the men, women children and some babies were on the other end of NYS vicious assault.  They were like seal hunters trying to fatally harm us.  Our children were hurt.  Many were almost beaten to death.    We could not fight back because small children were running in our midst.  While holding down an elder, a Trooper tried to snap his neck. 

The Troopers said they were immune from being sued.   They lost at the first level, appealed and lost again. On April 8, 2008 Judge George H. Lowe heard the evidence and decided that, if it went to court, we would win, sometime in the future.  They’re waiting for us to die off, and put it over to the next generation, telling us, “Get over it”.    The case was never about money.  Their system protects the puppets who protect them.  Their whole artificial admiralty system looks out for them. 

We must deal with our criminal traitors, to take full responsibility for their brutality.  Some day, the War Chief holding a bunch of black wampum strings will say to the erring chief[s], “You have not listened to the Women and Men of the nations.  This wampum shall be dropped. If you don’t grab it before it hits the floor, and come to a good mind with us”, the men shall bash the erring chiefs to death with a war club. [Wampum 59, Great Law].

Ronnie Jones, the outspoken father of Andrew Jones,  tried to bring the issue of federal and state oppression by their corporate Indians, the Onondaga chiefs, before the UN.  A day after his return, he was ritualistically executed in his home.  His hands and feet were cut off and his stomach was sliced open.  His papers and documents were spread over his body and set on fire. Ronnie Jones did not die in vain.    

NYS wants to deduct from the payout the cost of state medical care given to those they viciously beat, to pay for their own beating.  We are challenging this.   

NYS agreed to sensitivity workshops to learn about us, our history, sovereignty and economic issues.  The people who brutally attacked us up shall select the trainers, advisers, designers and content. [We are not stupid!] 

We had to get out of their boat and remain in our canoe.  We refuse to let them try to steer us.   

In “The River” by Thahoketoteh:  “The river of life has many falls, twists and turns and steep walls.  We travel down it in our own way.  The same has been from the very first day.  I’ll stay in my canoe.  You stay in your boat.   I only hope you stay afloat.  I’ll smile at you.   You wave at me.  We’ll continue on toward the sea.”

MNN Mohawk Nation News  For more news, books, workshops, to donate and to sign up for MNN newsletters, go to  Address:  Box 991, Kahnawake [Quebec, Canada] J0L 1B0

Note:  Andrew Jones, et al v. Parmley, et al Civil Action No.:  98CIV-374 [FJS][GHL]

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