Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights

January 13, 2014

John Kane to Address “Inherent Sovereignty” at Arizona State University

John Kane to Address “Inherent Sovereignty” at Arizona State University

Watch John Kane as he delivers his remarks at yesterday's "Inherent Sovereignty" panel at ASU. The panel begins at 00:45:15 and John speaks at 01:27:08.

By Liz Hill

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 13, 2014) – John Kane, Mohawk activist and national commentator on Native issues, will be a featured speaker at “Who Decides You’re Real? Fixing the Federal Recognition Process,” a two-day conference at Arizona State University in Tempe. Kane will be one of four experts speaking on a panel addressing “Inherent Sovereignty” from 9 to 10 a.m. MST (11 a.m. to noon EST) on Thursday, Jan. 16.

“I will explain sovereignty from a Haudenosaunee perspective and then challenge the notion that there was ever a transfer of our sovereignty or any consent to subjugation to the U.S.,” says Kane. “Sovereignty cannot be adjudicated away or legislated away. There must be consent.”

“The Indian Citizenship Act cannot declare that our sovereignty is dead; and that also holds true for the opinion in Johnson v. M'Intosh and a single man's determination that our sovereignty was necessarily diminished upon discovery by Christians,” says Kane. “Dependency cannot be the test either for the following questions must be asked — Are we wards of the state? Or does the U.S. owe an obligation? Are we recipients of charity or are we creditors?”

Kane’s panel and the rest of the first day of the conference will be webcast a second day will be webcast at

The conference is hosted by the Indian Legal Clinic at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University. For more information about the conference, visit

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About John Kane
John Karhiio Kane is a Mohawk from Kahnawake. He lives on the Cattaraugus Territory of the Seneca Nation and has a direct connection to the people and territories of the Six Nations. John has been involved for most of his adult life in Native issues and, specifically, defending Native sovereignty. Part of the First Nations Dialogue Team in the late 90s, he worked extensively with the League of First Nations in battles with New York State over taxation. John, an expert commentator on Native American issues, is host of a two-hour weekly radio show, "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" – now in its fourth year – which airs on ESPN Sports Radio WWKB-AM 1520 in Buffalo, New York. He appears frequently on regional TV and radio programs, including “The Capitol Pressroom with Susan Arbetter,” “YNN - Your News Now,” and WGRZ Buffalo Channel 2's (NBC) “2 Sides with Kristy Mazurek.”  He has been featured on Al-Jazeera Arabic, with more than 50 million viewers in the Arab world. John is a regular guest/commentator and guest host on WBAI-FM (Pacifica) in New York City; WPFW-FM (Pacifica), Washington, D.C.; KFAI-FM, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn.; and KQRS-FM, KXXR-FM and WGVX-FM, Minneapolis. He is an op-ed columnist for “The Two Row Times,” a weekly news publication that reaches the Ontario-wide Native market and Haudenosaunee communities in the U.S. John publishes the Native Pride blog, which can be found at His blog has readers in 20 countries. John has a page on the ESPN website at and a "Let's Talk Native...with John Kane" group page on Facebook. In late 2013, John was honored with a Community Leader Media Award from the National Federation for Just Communities of Western New York.

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