I have a copy of the first Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council Newsletter (July 2014). Its format, although packaged to appear very friendly and informative, is clearly little more than a platform for the radical Haudenosaunee Development Institute. It would be worth sifting through, paragraph by paragraph, to get a sense of what "the message" is that is being conveyed by this propaganda tool. The contents will be listed by title of article within the Newsletter.
1) She:koh: In the sidebar they use the term "She:koh" (Sagoh - depending on the Six Nations language) or "Welcome". Their goal is, about reaching Haudenosaunee citizens (some 16,000 readers). Their goal is to, provide information about a variety of issues facing the HCCC, our departments, organizations or committees who are working towards the protection of Haudenosaunee rights, treaties, land rights, culture, language and future. Here is where it gets interesting, and one can get clues as to the group backing this "friendly flyer", and the true agenda. Specifically:
Our inaugural edition features our planning and development department the Haudenosaunee Development Institute, why it was created and its works to date.
There is, an exciting new website and YouTube Channel featuring talks with Haudenosaunee Development Institute (HDI) director Hazel E. Hill. In other words the newsletter is in effect a propaganda tool for the HDI who dominates the HCCC. They even have a toll free number where people are invited to provide feedback.
2) What is the Confederacy?: I don't take exception to this general overview except when they say, Often described as the oldest, participatory democracy on Earth, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy's constitution is believed to be a model for the American Constitution. This information is unfounded. The Confederacy is not a democracy in the true sense of the word. Chiefs are appointed by Clan Mothers via inherited titles. These Chiefs are responsible only to their Clan Mother from their Ohwachira (family lineage) who could dehorn (depose) them at any time. In general council (originally at Onondaga, NY) Chiefs would pass resolutions back and forth across the longhouse until consensus was reached. If consensus was not reached, there was nothing binding and all parties went their own way. Where is the democracy in this system. There were no elections, only appointments. The business about the Six Nations Confederacy being the model for the American Constitution is an old belief, often stated, but there are virtually no academics who agree that the Confederacy had any role in shaping the ideas of the founding fathers of the 13 original colonies. Old beliefs die hard.
3) The Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council: Flipping over to the next page, we find a side bar with more focus on the HDI. First it should be noted that the HDI have created their own very detailed Wikipedia page, seen here, although the editor notes that it has "multiple issues", perhaps the most damaging is the complete lack of any references.
In the Newsletter it says that the HCCC, has legislated the Haudenosaunee Development Institute ('HDI') to represent HCCC interests in the development of lands within areas of Haudenosaunee jurisdiction, including but not limited to the land prescribed by the Haldimand Proclamation and the 1701 Treaty area. The true facts are clear, the HDI has zero jurisdiction beyond its own imagination. The Six Nations have control over the present day Reserve #40 and 40b but nothing beyond this except what their fantasy dictates - and no legal rights over lands they ceded between 1787 and 1850 to the Crown. The only way that they can exercise their false beliefs is to illegally occupy land owned by a third party and claim it as their own - as they have done with respect to the Douglas Creek Estates (DCE) in Caledonia. All land outside present day Reserve boundaries is protected by Crown Patent, but the HDI will not accept what is legal and what the ancestors agreed to 170 years ago - they make their own rules and find their own version of history. As to the Treaty of 1701, this is the fraudulent "Nanfan Treaty of 1701" which is a huge embarrassment, but is still cited as the basis for "rights and entitlements" within the entire Southwestern Ontario region. I have discussed this ad nauseum in may previous postings, and much the same information can be found in Garry Horsnell's excellent summary found here.
4) What is the Great Law?: I don't really want to take exception to what is written here.
5) What is the HDI and How Does it Work?: It is the next, much longer article, that is the most salient and is the main bulk of information (propaganda) provided in the Newsletter. Some would say that this is a group which specializes in extortion and racketeering, but lets see what they have to say. I will state what is written here, and try not to gag during this exercise. They say,
The HDI process was established on the heels of the reclamation of the lands at Kanonhstaton (the former Douglas Creek Estates).
The Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC) found their monthly meeting agendas becoming filled with developers who were looking for sanctioning for their projects. After realizing Ontario did not have a structured consultation process which developers could enter into, the HCCC created the HDI to provide that consultation process.
I will stop here and add some facts. There were NO developers "lining up" - they occasionally capitulated to the demands put in place after the HDI sent their thugs to shake down the developers - we will continue to stop your work until you agree to our terms. For a beginning, there was the "application fee" which was the ultimate and only goal. If developers did not want to have goons sitting on their equipment and barricading their projects, they would have to pony up for example $7,000 - for starters. If this was any other group they would be arrested and charged with extortion. However this is a "Native" group and their is a double standard at present where this group can get away with things even the Mafia of Naples or Palermo would not dare do. This insanity has continued to this day - although took a significant hit once developers in Hagersville, Cayuga and Brantford sought and obtained Court Injunctions to keep the goons away. The HDI and their "representatives" have been taken to Court on many occasions and have ALWAYS lost - with damages being assigned to developers. The most dramatic and detailed case was put before Justice Harrison Arrell of the Superior Court of Ontario whose initial fines levied against the HDI were over $800,000, dropped to $350,000 and settled for $125,000. After the ruling in November of 2009 the HDI kept a lower profile and sent in representatives in the form of Men's Fire to take over the shakedown end of things. However recently the HDI, perhaps after the fine was paid, have come out of hiding and are front and center at the barricades in Caledonia in 2014, and leading the charge to fence the DCE property, pretend they have a legal land registry system, and argue that they, not the Province of Ontario, own DCE.
There are numerous articles on the shady dealings of the HDI, so the following (see here) on their losing their appeal in the fine levied against them in the Brantford Injunction case will give a flavor of what is out there.
So out of the shadows the HDI appears, and now claims that they are the "chosen ones", selected to enforce the HCCC God given rules, or in their terms, no one else besides the collective voice of the HCCC can speak to the treaty rights on behalf of its citizens. We have seen many groups, including band councils ...... attempting or purporting to speak on behalf of the Haudenosaunee with respect to our land rights and treaty rights, but those groups and / or individuals have no authority and cannot abrogate or derogate from the instructions and process that Sonkwiontison through the Peacemaker, delegated to the HCCC. This "lawyer speak" is saying that the HCCC do not recognize the authority of the Six Nations Elected Council, the duly constituted authority on the Six Nations Reserve, and the only legally constituted body authorized to for example negotiate with Ontario or the Federal Government - this is a fact, the HDI version is spin / wishful thinking.
They include a sub heading entitled, "Engagement Process" where they go on to say that have a "unique" consultation process (in Canada perhaps, but not Palermo), which, provides for a more open, transparent and participatory process for the people. Well now, that is a stretch, since there have been chronic complaints on the Reserve (and reported in the Reserve newspapers - including "Tekawenake" the only objective paper, but is was put out of business) that there is zero transparency with respect to the HDI funds. What happens to the money obtained in shakedowns of developers. Into whose pocket(s) does it go? No one outside HDI seems to know. Do the HCCC Chiefs or Clan Mothers know?
6) Update on Projects:
a) First Solar - they received $90,000 from this "Green Energy" group to, they say, commence the Haudenosaunee Archaeology Monitoring Programm which began with just one (1) monitor, and advanced to eighteen (18) full-time monitors. The company has no need to do this. The SNEC had already reached an agreement with the Ontario Professional Archaeology group to train monitors. It does not appear that any HCCC monitors have any training in the field and are likely in no position to make any sort of informed decisions, other than how much money they are going to demand for their services. I know of this problem from my contacts in Hamilton where projects have been held up for weeks or longer because there were unreasonable demands for money coming from the HCCC "monitors". This is making a mockery out of the process and intent of preserving our archaeological heritage. Apparently this is the tip of the iceberg since the HDI is for example extracting money from Union Gas for training monitors in the environmental field. How and by whom are these individuals trained is a question that should be asked.
b) Samsung - apparently things aren't going well here. There were reports (posted here) that Samsung was to give $65 million to Six Nations, Elected Council, over 20 years. Getting wind of this the HDI apparently "laid down the law" to Samsung about their "engagement process", but Difficulties have arisen due to the fact that Samsung and its partners continue to attempt to unilaterally determine what justification they are willing to provide to the Haudenosaunee for the treaty infringement, without providing any explanation and / or financial documentation to support their limited offer. One can only hope that my letters to Samsung officials about the bogus treaty rights have had some effect.
c) City of Brantford - here they discuss the litigation and resultant fines against HDI and others. They seem to laugh it off and assert that they only paid anything, Given the HCCC's concern over Haudenosaunee citizens who own property 'off reserve' being targeted by the City, so agreed to settle for and undisclosed sum (it was $125,000). Apparently the City of Brantford now refuses to participate in the HDI "Engagement Process". Is that a surprise given the circumstances?
d) Eagle's Nest - this involves the ongoing dispute between the HDI and the "Mohawks of the Iroquois Confederacy" ("Mohawks of the Grand River", formerly "Kanata Mohawks", formerly "Mohawk Workers").
Land Leases Already Approved: All of what follows hinges on the bogus / fraudulent Nanfan Treaty of 1701 relating to lands in Southwestern Ontario. Apparently HDI has succeeded in convincing some corporations that they have real treaty rights. One wonders that when the truth is widely known whether they will be required to pay back all these ill gotten gains with interest. Of course being 'on Reserve' means that no one can come after their assets there - sweet.
NextEra (or NexTerror as those in the anti Wind Turbine movement call this company), Silvercreek Solar, Pattern Energy, Capital Power have all coughed up money to HDI, usually over a period of 20 years (the length of time the wind energy turbines will operate before being "decommissioned". In addition, the HDI have managed to convince various companies to provide land lease revenues.
Comment: The Elected Council is also into negotiations with, and receiving funds from, some of the corporations named above (plus others). Isn't this a form of "double dipping" especially when you are fishing in a pond that is not yours.
Next we come to the bottom line of this Newsletter which is entitled:
Haudenosaunee Land Acquisition Revenues: I will quote from this section and readers can draw their own conclusions. HDI operates on key principles. These principles are:
- no surrender of lands
- compensation for all past land leases/losses
- lease monies for future projects
The HDI has ensured that these 4 founding principles are worked in to every engagement process that the HCCC is considering and therefore nearly all of the recent agreements have included a set amount of financial support to assist the Haudenosaunee in expanding its current land base.
These funds will be set up in a separate account specifically used as a land acquisition fund. It is the HCCC's goal to acquire at least 500 additional acres of land to be registered in the Haudenosaunee land registry for use and benefit of our future generations.
If you wish to contact the HCCC, there is an Haudenosaunee Development Hotline at 1-844-445-4222. Their website will be www.haudenosauneeconfederacy.com.