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Tashunka Witko Brigade Radio Interview (English- Spanish 32 min 35 sec)
SUMMARY: Six Nations' people and supporters have occupied their land for approximately three months to prevent its invasion. This is an interview with Thahoketoteh of the Bear Clan, Mohawk Nation of Grand River, who is a member of the Mohawk Nation News.
Thahoketoteh shares his thoughts, and reviews the history and updates of the conflict over the Canadian Government encroachment into Six Nations territory.
Since this interview was carried out several significant things have happened. Prime Minister Harper allegedly said something to the effect that either the protesters will kill the indigenous people in Caledonia or the indigenous people will kill the protesters, the Caledonia mayor has been asking for the army to be brought in, two altercations occurred on June 9th, 2006, within Six Nations territory: one orchestrated to capture Native people on camera while reacting to racist attacks, and another when Native security caught a US Border Patrol vehicle way out of its jurisdiction- that was taking pictures of everything and everybody, the vehicle was confiscated and investigated. Evidence of collaboration between OPP, US Border Patrol and US-ATF was recovered as well as the names of all OPP officers and U.S. agents who have been involved in the Six Nations conflict, their home phone numbers, and many details of their surveillance operations. Also seen was information from confidential informants dating back to the beginning of the standoff. The intelligence officer's log includes details of an OPP operation post being set up in the Hamilton area, a list of checks into the background of natives and Caledonia residents, information from the Canadian Security and Intelligence Service (CSIS) that "white supremacist skinheads" were being brought into Caledonia as paid provocateurs. Canadian authorities want to bring charges against the indigenous warriors that carried out their security duty during these incidents.
Also, as stated in a June 13th, 2006 statement by Chief Terrance Nelson of the Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation: "As Premier Dalton McGuinty and Minister of Indian Affairs Jim Prentice pull out of the Six Nations/Caledonia land claim with ultimatums that the "barricades must come down," First Nations across Canada are issuing their own ultimatums. Last week, 100 Ontario Chiefs walked to the site of the land claim dispute and issued their own warning to Canada. Today Union of British Columbia Chiefs issued full support to Six Nations. In Manitoba, the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, representing 64 First Nations, passed a resolution supporting a 24-hour railway blockade set for June 29th 2006, "to force the Canadian government to establish a reasonable time-frame for settlement of land claims." Roseau River Anishinabe First Nation will block two railway lines going into the United States. At least six other Manitoba First Nations have vowed to block railway lines at the same time."
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