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TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY - June Update

TYENDINAGA MOHAWK TERRITORY

In September and October of 2008, Tyendinaga community members objected to the delivery of a $1.9 million pre-fabricated police station, funded jointly by the Band Council and the federal Ministry of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness. The Band Council failed to consult the broader community before making the decision that a new police station should take priority over clean drinking water on the reserve and other pressing issues. The reserve school down the road from the proposed police station site lacks drinkable water, and the majority of reserve homes remain on a boil-water advisory. Tyendinaga police issued 12 warrants for Tyendinaga Mohawks and over the ensuing months, arrested and charged them in connection with protests against the police station, as well as protests against an illegal quarry operation on the Territory.

Tyendinaga Mohawks Shawn Brant, Tara Green and Jason Maracle continue to fight a multi-million dollar lawsuit filed against them by CN, seeking damages for the rail blockades on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory in 2007.

In addition, there are still more than a dozen members of the community facing charges for protesting, and the government has still not resolved any of Tyendinaga’s outstanding land issues.

For more information, email support.tmt@gmail.com or visit: http://www.ocap.ca/supporttmt/