In Defense of Mohawk Land: Ethnopolitical Conflict in Native North America

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SUNY Press, 1997 - History - 166 pages
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During 1990, a land dispute between the Mohawk territory of Kanehsatake and the town of Oka, Quebec, Canada took center stage in the world community, erupting into months of intense and often violent confrontation. Rooted in the historical reality of past injustices, the events of the 1990 Mohawk-Oka conflict epitomized the relationship and struggles which exists between Aboriginal nations, ethnonationalist movements, and the state.

By examining the Mohawk-Oka conflict, this book tells a story of struggle and survival during the 1990 invasion by the Quebec provincial police and Canadian army into Mohawk sovereign land. The story is one of an embattled nation's struggle and aboriginal right to determine its political and economic destiny. Through extensive research of archived documents, newspapers, and interviews with leaders and members of the Mohawk Warrior Movement and other central figures in the Mohawk nation, the author demonstrates how politicized ethnicity and ideology can become significant factors in the repertoire of indigenous ethno-nationalist social movements for generating and maintaining social protest.


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Introduction AboriginalState Relations
The Framing of Politicized Ethnicity and Nationalism
Nations at War History in Perspective
Culture Ideology and Organizational Formation The Rise of the Mohawk Warrior Movement
The Mobilization of Mohawk Warrior Militancy
Nations at War Voice Peaceful Resistance and Mobilization
Nations at War Voice Armed Resistance and Maintenance of Mobilization
Politicized Ethnicity and Nationalism Conclusions
Persons Interviewed

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About the author (1997)

Linda Pertusati is Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies at Bowling Green State University.

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