Kahnawake sends new round of eviction notices
The council announced Wednesday that it sent a new round of eviction notices targeting Mohawks married to or living with non-aboriginals. The eviction letters, signed by Grand Chief Joe Norton, say that Mohawks who reside with non-indigenous people will have their band membership revoked — this includes eliminating a person’s right to vote in local elections, receive services from local government and live on Mohawk land.
Norton’s council adopted the membership law in 1981 to ensure that Mohawk land was not overtaken by non-indigenous people and it enjoys widespread support in Kahnawake. But since the federal Indian Act makes it impossible for local bands to revoke membership, council has never been able to physically force people off reserve.