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For Immediate Release
April 21, 2008
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory – The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council do not support or condone the blockages of public roads as appropriate measures to resolve the Culbertson Tract Land Claim. The Tyendinaga Mohawk Council believes the most appropriate way to resolve the land claim remains at the negotiation table.“It is unfortunate that a group have taken actions into their own hands by blocking public roads in response to last week’s media announcement that a portion of the Culbertson Tract would soon be developed. We are informed that the developer has no building permits in place and the municipalities and county have no bylaws in place to permit development on the land. Therefore, the announcement seems to have been staged more as a media event to draw attention to the interests of individuals, said Chief R. Donald Maracle.
“The Culbertson Tract Claim should not be about protests, blockades or civil disputes between our people and our neighbours. It is about a lawful Crown treaty obligation owed to the Mohawk people to restore control of the Culbertson Tract Land to our community,” Chief Maracle added. “People need to remain calm and allow for peaceful negotiations to continue in a climate not hampered by protests and blockades. This will take time. Directing our energy and focus to negotiations with the Crown is more productive and responsible than sensationalized confrontation.”
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