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A MESSAGE FROM GANIENKEH
INDEPENDENT NORTH AMERICAN INDIAN STATE
FEBRUARY 15, 1975
LETTER TO THE UNITED NATIONS
OFFICE OF THE SECRETARY GENERAL
NEW YORK, NEW YORK 10017
RE: The UNITED NATIONS press release appearing in current issues of newspapers expressing the opinion that the North American Indian repossession of the GANIENKEH TERRITORY is a "domestic jurisdiction of a member state."
The treaties entered into and concluded by the Six Nations Confederacy and the United States are an international matter. That only Nations have the right to make treaties is a legal fact. The Dutch, French, English and later the United States sought treaties with the American Indians. This shows that they were recognized as nations. According to International law, a nation once recognized as such remains a nation until it dissolves itself. No nation may dissolve another nation.
That the UNITED NATIONS was established to correct and prevent wrongs committed by nations against other nations is a state purpose. This purpose cannot be achieved if only certain nations may benefit from this organization. If peace, harmony, the end of the scourges of war and the end of man's inhumanity to man is to be achieved then all nations should be given the right to benefit from the International United Nations forum hearing the cases of oppressed nations. One of the aims of the United Nations is the end of racial discrimination, but in refusing to admit the cases of oppressed American Indian Nations into the United Nations International forum, wouldn't it be construed by interested observers as racial discrimination being indulged by the United States itself? Wouldn't this aid and abet the oppressors?
On December 10, 1948, the United Nations proclaimed its Universal Declaration of Human Rights and it provides in Article 15: "1. Every one has the right to a nationality. 2. No one may be arbitrarily deprived of his nationality nor denied the right to change his nationality." No one has the right to deny nor deprive us of our Ganienkchaga nationality (Mohawk Nation, one of the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy). Ganienkeh is the territory of the Mohawk Nation, and has been for countless centuries before the white man came. We were nations long before the fledgling English colonies copied from the Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy and became the United States nation. We are not an internal matter of any foreign nation, especially of one which exists only because of the Red man's land.
We also have the right to man's true estate. We, along with other American Indian nations have the right to an independent state on our own land. Some 74 indigenous nations throughout the world have regained their lands, governments and now decided their own destiny. Only the American Indian is denied this right!!!
If the United Nations is to bring peace, harmony and rights to all nations, how can it ignore the rights of the people on whose defrauded land sits the UNITED NATIONS itself? Any nation which signed treaties with a member nation of the UNITED NATIONS should rightfully and automatically qualify to have its case admitted in the United Nations International court.
May justice and wisdom prevail.
(Signed) Louis Hall
Secretary - GANIENKEH COUNCIL FIRE
B U L L E T I N ! ! THERE IS A MOVEMENT AFOOT TO CREATE ANOTHER UNITED NATIONS WHERE THE OPPRESSED NATIONS WHO WERE REJECTED BY THE UNITED NATIONS CAN TAKE THEIR CASES FOR HEARING.
Wouldn't this be an embarrassment to the United Nations at New York and a doubt cast on its integrity and on its ability to create world peace? About twenty years ago, a favorite boast of the Americans was that Uncle Same had the United Nations in his hip pocket. Only nations approved by the United States may be serviced.
The United States intention of forcing its jurisdiction on the other party of the Treaty constitutes AGGRESSION, INVASION AND USURPATION. It will be resisted by the people of Ganienkeh by every means possible. We shall tell the world how Uncle Sam keeps his word. What he does to treaties he signs. If treaties are made to be broken, who on earth is safe? If it has to resort to such measures, the United States itself cannot be free! Ganienkeh shall not suffer in silence. The noise shall reverberate around the world and all mankind shall hear.