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Public Meeting on Cannabis to be held in Six Nations

Cannabis: an indigenous perspective. October 21st, 2-5pm Six Nations old Bingo hall. On Saturday, October 21st, from 2-5pm at 2593 Chiefswood Rd, (the old Bingo Hall) in Six Nations, Onkwehon:we (original) people involved with the cannabis industry will offer their thoughts on cannabis. With the Federal government of Canada bringing…
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Elected Band Council discusses cannabis in Tyendinaga

  Tim Barnhart makes a presentation to the Tyendinaga Elected Band Council on February 20th, 2017. Photo by Tom Keefer. By Tom Keefer TYENDINAGA – It is no secret that the cannabis industry is booming in Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. There are now eight different medical dispensaries on the territory, and…
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Operation MYGALE and the criminalization of the Indigenous tobacco industry

When trade is treated as a crime against the state: A backgrounder on the largest raids on the Indigenous tobacco industry in history. (First published by Ricochet Media.) By Tom Keefer The largest police crackdown on the Indigenous tobacco industry in Canadian and history occurred last month. Operation Mygale, referred to in…
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Operation “MYGALE” and “contraband” tobacco

The following is an edited transcription of an interview with Kanenhariyo from Thursday March 31st. Kanenhariyo himself has been criminally targeted for participating in the Onkwehon:we tobacco industry. Here he gives an alternate take on "Operation Mygale" the operation run in collaboration with multiple state agencies and which Quebec Provincial Police…
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Ka’nikonriyo Podcast 7 – The Indigenous Tobacco Industry and the crisis in Attawapiskat

Kelly MacNaughton, a Mohawk business woman from Six Nations who has long been involved in the Indigenous tobacco industry speaks talks about the implications of Operation MYGALE and the relationship is between the crackdown on Indigenous tobacco and the suicide crisis in Attawapiskat.  
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Native-made cigarettes are bringing wealth and disapproval to reserves

Tom Blackwell, National Post Saturday, Sept. 18, 2010 Tucked away at the end of a narrow driveway, the factory is easy to miss, an anonymous blue metal box ringed by a towering green fence. Inside, however, a handful of workers are producing the controversial new lifeblood of Kahnawake Mohawk territory…
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“Indian Fighting” with Terrorism Laws

Time for the to Admit What It’s Doing—“Indian Fighting” with Terrorism Laws By John Kane, Sept 4, 2013 The Contraband Cigarette Trafficking Act (CCTA) and its enhanced amendments through the reauthorization of the USA PATRIOT Act* are supposed to be tools to fight organized crime, violence associated with the illicit…
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WGO 3 – The Onkwehon:we relationship to tobacco with Tekarontake

Kanenhariyo, Tom Keefer and special guest Tekarontake of Kahnawake gather together in the basement to discuss the history of the Onkwehon:we relationship to tobacco. Tekarontake talks about ancient trading practices, the significance of tobacco to the Onkwehon:we, and of his own experience within the industry.
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