The slipery slope of Native journalism...If one were to take a walk through this sub forum, one would find many an article from a source, known as The Mohawk Nation News, MNN.
Over the years I've enjoyed reading their rants, semi supported a few positions, and laughed at others. But I've noticed a disturbing trend over the years. One that seems to have hit new heights as of today's reading of their site.
I've long believed that flying the flags of Palestine, Hamas, Lebanon and the Hezbolla at rallies and protests was counter productive and unwise, if not simply illegal.
By doing so, we legitimize violence as a means of communication and negotiations. Something I'm loath to throw my support behind.
That's not to say I won't pick up a weapon and defend a place, person or just ideal, if need be. It is to say that the groups the Haudenosaunee have decided to ally themselves with, have a charter of murder and violence, written down as an expressed policy.
But the moral relativism of many outspoken Haudenosaunee and those virulent groups they've chosen to embrace, is again, counter productive to the cause. And as far as I am concerned, abhorrent at best.
On one hand the Mohawk of Akwesasne cry about the supposed violence that is inflicted upon them by brutal Canadian Border Guards, speak of the colonial powers perpetrating genocide upon them and so on. While they embrace groups that condone the wholesale slaughter of an entire race, negotiate with rockets and target civilians.
This belief that we Haudenosaunee have something in common with the Palestinians and Lebanese, in my honest opinion, is slightly askew. Maybe it was all my years in Montreal, associating with the local Heebs, but I actually think we share more in common with the Israeli's then anyone else. But I digress...
So as I was reading through the latest installments from MNN this morning. I was struck by the absurdity that jumped off the screen at me. These pieces couldn't have been written to inform. They scream out at me, as if they were written to inflame, incite and stir.
That's not to say that there isn't a smidgen of truth somewhere tucked haphazardly under the hyperbole and rhetoric. But those facts stuck under the rantings, no, ravings, of someone with a clear agenda, are lost. Only the informed and educated reader can discern between reality and the pulp fiction being presented as "news".
This kind of journalism, for lack of a better word, is the lowest form, in my mind. It panders to a specific group and is used to maintain the status quo ideology that is, "Whity is out to get me". I haven't actually believed that for years. But some Natives actually get off the rez once in a while and breath some clean fresh air, open their ears and minds, then grew in the sunshine that is reality.
We're being screwed!
Ya, to some extent whity is still out there, trying to get something for nothing and using his buddies in gov't to force their mines and deforestation programs on our tradition territories. Ya, the courts sometimes appear bias when dealing with Native issues.
But worse then that, many of our leaders are darling gov't lackeys, maintaining the status quo, while lining their pockets. Many of our young men have turned to criminal activities to make a living, instead of embracing the generous grants available to them, to expand their minds and earn an honest living. Led by older Natives, that simply perpetuate the cycle of stupidity.
I recently posted an article on a Private Members bill current making its way through Parliament. I was simply stunned that it actually exists. Let alone getting support. The gov't has always sided with the deep in their pocket Chiefs on these matters. Hell they've even gone to court to illegally over turn a just and fair election. To re-install their favoured lackey's back into power.
I'll cautiously watch as this unfolds, I'm leery of things that don't follow the usual path. I'll actually be amazed if that bill becomes legislation.
I'll be even more amazed, if it actually makes a difference.
But more importantly, I'll be watching my community, to see how this is taken. My feelings as of right now are, that it will be met with great resistance, by the the loud and obnoxious. MNN will likely be reporting on it soon. I can't wait to the journalistic integrity pour off the screen. As they spin it into something negative.
CONFEDERACY OF INDIGENOUS ARAB NATIONS (external - login to view)
In which, I found this erroneous revision of history...
The numbers and emphasis are mine.
This strategy is familiar. When the French and English washed up on our shores, they immediately tried to figure out and take over our power structure.(1) It was based on friendship and alliances between hundreds of Indigenous nations.(2) We agreed to live peacefully.(3) If one member deviated from the great peace, sanctions followed.(4) There were no leaders, just the people.
The French approached the Algonquin and Huron. The English approached the Iroquois.(5) Attempts to start fights between us failed. The holocaust followed.
Do people actually believe this?
I was 6 years old when I knew this to be untrue.
1, The only known alliance at the time was the 5 Nations of the Haudenosaunee. Who were sworn enemies to the Wendat (Huron) and Algonquin. Their word for us was Iroq, or snake. The French add "uois", as the prefix for many.
2, Though there were tenuous peace treaties among many Nations, the only long lasting a the strongest treaty, was between the 5 Nations, Onondaga, Oneida, Cayuga, Seneca, and Mohawk. On a grand scale there was slavery, battles and and outright slaughter, among many Nations. From the 5 Nations and the Wendat, to the Cree and the Innu.
3, This is somewhat true. As the Mohawks of the Eastern Door found out, when they allied themselves with the French and broke the Great Peace. Now they rewrite history as if nothing ever happened.
4, What a load of shyte. There were elected leaders,Sachems, among many Nations.
5, Failed? Really? The Wendat, the First Nation to begin scalping for cash, were our sworn enemies, and had been since before the Europeans landed. It only got worse when the fur trade was added, and territory was fought over. How can anyone in their right mind say it failed, when a place with a documented history, (As maligned and incorrect as it may be) such as Sainte Marie Amongst the Hurons exists?
Now you would think that the article in question would have been written by someone, whom may not know or understand. But that would be untrue. It was written by Kahentinetha Horn, a Clan Mom from Kahnawake Mohawk Territory. Oral accounts of history are not dead. I was made aware of them at a very early age. To say many of the accounts don't match the recorded history of the European authors, Parks Ontario and History Classes the country over, would be an understatement, but they certainly do not reflect Mrs. Horns bastardize version either.
To say this is the worst kind of journalism, again for lack of a better term, would equally be an understatement. I can't help but to feel sorry for anyone that has such a limited grasp of the real history, and walks away from having read this article of Mrs. Horn'. Only to have a grossly misinformed view of a truly rich history. Fraught with turmoil, beauty, love, loss and rebirth, befitting a master piece of Hollywood.