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NO. 27

In response to a local Indian radio broadcast of an interview featuring Onondaga Chief Oren Lyons, Chief Leon Shanandoah and Clan Mother Alice Papineau, I was asked to make a few remarks mentioning no names to avoid embarrassing certain folks...even forgot the day of the date thereof...


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A year later we had evictions here and the provincial police descended on us like a ton of bricks. Lorraine Montour called up Billy Lazore in Onondaga and asked for some warriors to come help us defend ourselves. Billy said they don't have any warriors and they don't believe in that anymore. Lorraine said, "Hey, wait a minute! You called us for warriors to help you last summer and we sent 200 warriors." Billy hemmed and hawed not knowing how to explain that when the Onondagas need help we have to go and help them, but if we need help they don't have to help us. The puzzle was solved a couple of years later when the Onondagas were telling the world that they were now a "Peace People" and had buried their weapons and shall never again fire a gun at any body. Some one in the admiring audience said that there are times when a nation has to fight. "What will you do then?" The wise Onondaga Chief said: "If any fighting has to be done, the Mohawks will do the fighting." That's when we found out we were the patsies being used where and when needed by the wise Onondagehaga. I was present when Chief Billy Lazore was asked what if enemies came with guns to kill everyone during a religious ceremony. Billy said: "That's when I'll meet our Maker." Meaning they'll not even defend their lives. Theirs is a death wish religion.

During the interview, both Onondaga Chiefs said they are the leaders. How can such weak people be leaders? They can't even lead us into temptation. Granted, they are leaders of the Onondaga people, but not the Mohawks who have their own Chiefs. Karl Marx, writing in 1848, told the world revolutionaries not to associate with weak people as they are fear ridden and "can infect you with their fears". The Warrior Society has the thankless job of removing the fear from the Six Nations people who have buried their weapons. They go around making nice peace speeches and using a replica of the Two Row Wampum telling the world how the white and red men made an agreement to keep their laws, government, religion and customs in their respective vessels, the canoe in the case of the Iroquois and in the ship of sails in the case of the white men. What they don't ell their audience is that Handsome Lake reached into the white man's ship and took out the white man's religion and adopted it as his own for the doctrines adopted by Handsome Lake are Christian doctrines and not only that, by are unprovable. Our recommendation is that they put the white man's religion called the Handsome Lake Code back in the white man's ship and stop violating the Two Row Wampum Treaty.

It's one of the lessons of history that people who give up the struggle decrease in number, grow weak, die out and become extinct. People who continue to struggle, increase in number, grow strong and achieve survival. Burying their weapons is burying their fighting spirit and as a result they stop struggling. A ten year study was made to determine why nations and great civilizations of the past became extinct, some of them numbering in the millions. The biggest single cause is "giving up the struggle". The best known peace people are the Hopi. They stopped struggling not too long ago. One hundred years ago they numbered over 100,000. About forty years ago, they were down to 30,000. Last we heard of them, there are only 7,000 left. The Onondagas trying to out-Hopi and Hopi may beat the Hopi to extinction. They're down to only 900 from last reports. When the Iroquois were great and mighty and the Mohawks were the mightiest of them all, they were the least in number, now their number is up to more than 50,000. Why are the Onondagas decreasing and the Mohawks increasing? The Onondagas buried their weapons and their fighting spirit. The Mohawks did not bury their weapons and they are fighters, always were and always will be. Our advice to the Onondagas is to unbury their weapons and to be fighters again and to relearn the original Iroquois language still spoken by the Mohawks. Nothing wrong about being strong. All Indians should strive to become strong, not to be weak and become extinct.

The Great Law in Wampum 59 provides that when any or all of the Chiefs go on the wrong path not vouched for by the people, the women of the nation shall warn the Chiefs three times to return to the right path. If the Chiefs pay no heed to the warning, then the matter shall be taken to the General Council of the women of the Five Nations. If the Chiefs warned three times again fail to heed them the case falls into the hands of the men of the Five Nations. If the Chiefs heed the warnings all's fine, but if they ignore the warnings, the men may decide to depose the Chiefs or to execute them. This shows that the power and authority is vested in the people of the nations and that the Chiefs are the voice and will of the people and not vice versa. This is the reason (one of them) some of the Chiefs are saying there are no more warriors and even the war chiefs are being put aside. Who's going to correct or depose the erring chiefs if the War Chief and his men are abolished? They can no go on the wrong path and break any or all the laws. It's all up to the people. They can correct all the wrongs and the War Chief and his men, the Warrior Society, shall carry out and enforce their decisions.


End of radio broadcast. We can only assume that some outside influence is at work trying to corrupt the chiefs of the Iroquois Confederacy. We have seen open violations of the Great Law even in the Grand Council itself. We are told not to wash our dirty linen in public. When two of the most lightly regarded chiefs speak on the radio in a dictatorial manner and wash "our dirty" linen, it may be time to air the whole dirty mess. I personally stopped attending Grand Councils in 1976 when two groups appeared on a mission to form an alliance with the Six Nations, an Oglala Sioux and a Chippeway group from Ontario. When they stated their mission, Handsome Lake preacher Huron Miller said: "Good! We'll put them under our wings." The Sioux spokesman said "We don't want to come in on the cradle board." The two groups didn't return. The Handsome Lake folks can't even protect themselves, how are they going to protect others? Deganawida wanted all Indian nations in the confederacy to be equal.