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In 1990, Kanehsatà:ke land defenders barricaded a secondary dirt road to stop the expansion of Oka’s nine-hole golf course on unceded Kanien’kehá:ka homeland. It began the “78-day siege” of Kanehsatà:ke, including Kahnawake.
There were countless times during our daily press conferences where I stated that the Kanien’kehá:ka are not Canadian citizens and that we never accepted imposed citizenship. We never surrendered our own citizenship under Kaianera’kó:wa, the Great Law of Peace. A shocked media and public did not know how to react. Meanwhile, racists in Quebec were chanting for us to go “back to the woods” and go back home!