Iroquois Confederacy says Harper government seeking to ‘destroy our collective sovereignty’ | APTN National News

The Iroquois Confederacy says the federal Conservative government is planning to end Canada’s obligations to Indigenous peoples and terminate their distinct status in the country.

Haudenosaunee Grand Council, which represents the still existing Iroquois political structure that predates contact with Europeans, said in a statement that the Stephen Harper government aims to destroy “any semblance of nation-to-nation relationships.”

The confederacy said it would also not recognize Bill C-45, the omnibus budget bill the included changes to the Indian Act and withdrew federal oversight over the majority of waterways across the country.

“As the inherent custodians of Haudenosaunee sovereignty within all Haudenosaunee communities and territories, the Haudenosaunee Grand Council is responsible for being ever vigilant and protective against any challenge or threat to our collective sovereignty,” said the statement, dated Dec. 31, 2012. “It is clear that Bill C-45 and subsequent bills seek to destroy our collective sovereignty.”

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Dennis Kucinich Gives his Final Floor Speech of the 112th Congress: We Must Unite For The People

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Dandelion Salad

by Dennis Kucinich
Washington, D.C.
Jan. 2, 2013

Congressman Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) today called for a new politics in his final speech on the House floor of the 112th Congress.  The video can be seen here.  The text follows:

“I want to begin by thanking my wife Elizabeth, who is here in the gallery, for her constant support during my service in the United States Congress, and to thank the people of Ohio’s 10th Congressional District for their constant support, as well as a great Congressional staff, both at the district and the DC level.

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