Declaration of Independence

Date March 5, 1959

Subject: Overthrow of Elected Councillors and Re-Instatement of the Six Nations Confederacy Chiefs.

Article One: To all to Whom These Presents Come: We the undersigned member nations, to wit, Mohawks, Senecas, Onondagas, Cayugas, Oneidas and Tuscaroras, in council assembled with representative chiefs, clan mothers and warriors of the above mentioned nations, constituting the Indian Confederacy known as the Six Nations Confederacy of Indians, and residing upon the lands known as the Grand River Country, do hereby declare that by the power and authority vested within us as provided in the constitution of the Hodenashonnees (People of the Longhouse), and of our treaty making powers, have after deep consideration and deliberation of all phases of the ever mounting love of our rights and lands, our liberties and our voice, which has been (as against our consent) enforced upon us through the “illegal” under-handed methods employed by the “puppet government” of the Indian Act of the Dominion of Canada and known as the so-called elected system of councillors, who have without a shred of legal authority caused such confusion, dissention, hardship and inconvenience against us through such under-handed methods of fraud, deceit and violence and endorsed (against our protests) by the Indian Act of Canada. We do hereby declare and proclaim that from this date forward – March 5, 1959 at 10:30 a.m. EST – and forever after that the above elected system of councillors no longer be recognized as the governing body of this Grand River Country, and shall be hereafter relinquished of all power, responsibilities and authority upon the lands belonging to the Six Nations of Indians, and known as the Grand River Country.

Article Two: Be it further proclaimed that from this date forward all authority, powers, responsibilities, duty and offices of the government power of the Six Nations Grand RIver Country shall be vested within the absolute control of the council of chiefs, clan mothers and warriors of the Six Nations Indians.

Indian Police

Article Three: Be it further proclaimed that from this date forward we, the six nations shall consider the royal Canadian Mounted Police, who have been illegally established through the Indian Act upon lands belonging to the Sinc NAtion as trespassers after 10:30 a.m. EST on the date of March 5, 1959. We demand the immediate expulsion of said Mounded Police from our Six Nations land.

Article Four: Be it further proclaimed that from this date forward we shall recognize the Indian Police as deputized by authority from the Six Nations chiefs of the Confederacy as the only legal law enforcement agency of the Grand River lands.

Article Five: Be it further proclaimed that from this date forward any person, white or Indian, found guilty by impartial trial before the Confederate Council of Chiefs of violating any laws which have been sanctioned by the council of chiefs shall be liable to a fine, imprisoned, or both, according to their crime, And, in the event of a fine, the money paid will be received by the treasury of the Confederate Council of Chiefs.

Article Six: Be it further proclaimed that from date forward all buildings, property, land titles, and leases which have been illegally confiscated or let by virtue of the Indian Act shall be reclaimed by the Confederate Council of Chiefs.

Membership Status

Article Seven: Be it further proclaimed that from this date forward all Six Nations Indians who have been illegally deprived of their membership status shall have the right to appeal their status through the Confederate Council of Chiefs, who shall have complete control of the membership roll at all times.

Article Eight: Be it further proclaimed that any person or persons found defacing, marring or destroying in any manner whatsoever this proclamation shall be liable to a fine, imprisonment, or punishment as decided by the Confederate Council of Chiefs.

In testimony whereof, we have caused the seal of the Six Nations Confederacy and the signatures of the chiefs to be affixed to these presents.

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