Jukasa News Update – Wednesday April 18, 2018
Six Nations Elected Chief Ava Hill has decided not to run for re-election and has instead set her sights on provincial leadership.
Hill will run for Ontario Regional Chief in the upcoming elections with the Chiefs of Ontario.
Another Haudenosaunee in politics is also in the running, this time for national leadership.
Kahnawake policy analyst Russ Diabo has shared that he will be running for National Chief at the Assembly of First Nations.
Diabo has been a vocal critic of the AFN on social media and in his community.
Incumbent Perry Bellegarde is also expected to run for another term.
Sheila North, former journalist and Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak is also expected to run in the election.
The Seneca Nation of Indians in New York are suing the state, saying a section of the New York Thruway was built through their territory illegally.
The lawsuit was filed in a Buffalo federal court last week and demands the state compensate the tribe for losses.
The tribe is also seeking the courts to order the state to stop collecting tolls on the thruway near Cattaraugus.
State officials say they did not do anything illegal and claim they paid the Seneca nation $75,000 for the right to build the Thruway on Seneca land.
Seneca Nation officials say they were pressured into accepting that payment.
This is the second lawsuit against the State of New York on this matter issued by the Seneca Nation. A former suit launched in 1999 was unsuccessful.
Six Nations Elected Council released a joint statement with the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council on Friday — saying they have reached an agreement on how to move forward with issues surrounding the Burtch lands.
According to the statement the two councils are agreeing to develop a framework for ongoing regular dialogue and engage in a conflict resolution process in the best interests of the community.
The agreement states the Elected Council will arrange with the province to install drainage tiling on the Burtch lands at the source of the dispute.
Kris Hill, the farmer at the centre of the controversy, has also agreed to settle her dispute with the elected council in mediation.
A Saskatchewan farmer acquitted in the fatal shooting of a young Indigenous man is giving up his guns and has been ordered to pay a $3,000 fine after pleading guilty to unsafe storage of an unrestricted firearm.
Gerald Stanley pleaded guilty Monday in North Battleford provincial court to the charge that involved six rifles and shotguns. The Crown said none of them had trigger locks.
The Crown dropped a second count of unsafe storage of a restricted handgun.
Stanley was acquitted in the death of 22-year-old Colten Boushie, who was shot and killed on Stanley’s farm in August 2016.
British Columbia’s government is backing a Victoria-area First Nation’s attempt to host the 2020 North American Indigenous Games.
Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Minister Scott Fraser says the province will contribute $3.5 million to support the Songhees First Nation bid for the games.
He says the provincial contribution amounts to 35 per cent of the event’s budget.
Several First Nations and the cities of Vancouver and Burnaby have joined together to redouble their opposition to the expansion of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline.
Burnaby Mayor Derek Corrigan says the expansion project “short circuits” the legal process.
Corrigan says he’s embarrassed that Canada’s prime minister Alberta’s premier are taking the side of American multinational oil company that isn’t playing by the rules in its effort to push through the pipeline.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met the premiers of B.C. and Alberta on Sunday over the impasse and after the meeting he promised financial and legislative tools to ensure the expansion could proceed.
Union of B.C. Indian Chief’s Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says First Nations have a constitutional and legal right to protect the health and well-being of their loved ones and says if there was ever a spill of bitumen on land or water it could be catastrophic.
The Iroquois Caucus is holding a Summit on Membership and Citizenship this week in Akwesasne.
The Caucus invited members from all Haudneosaunee reserves with representatives from both elected and traditional councils to attend from each of it’s member communities.
The Caucus will be looking at changes to the Indian Act that reinstates status to those whose mothers or aunties lost status because they were women.
The Caucus has opened the meeting to 6 representatives from each of it’s member communities from Akwesásne, Kahnawà:ke, Kanehsatá:ke, Oneida of the Thames, Six Nations of the Grand River, Tyendinaga and Wahta.
This is the first in a string of Membership Summits expected to be held in the coming months. The Caucus said in a statement this first meeting will not be open to the general public but says that may change for future meetings.
Six Nations is continuing work on a road that will see 95 three bedroom townhouses built, creating a new neighbourhood for the village of Ohsweken.
The little village is located across from Village Cafe just east of the traffic lights on Fourth Line.
Construction on the road into the property where the townhomes will be located is underway. Officials estimate the homes will be completed by November.
The property will also be hoe to a new archives for the Six Nations Public Library.