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Indians And Elections (1892) | Surnames: Ah-na-ta-ka-rias, Dailleboust, Delisle, Grey, Hill, Irea, Okay, Peter, Tarkell

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INDIANS AND ELECTIONS

THEY DO NOT WANT TO BE

CITIZENS AND HAVE ELECTION ROWS.

On Oct. 26, at St. Regis, will be held a meeting of the whole Iroquois tribe (Six Nations) to protest against the enfranchisement act, and seek a return to the old tribal government under the treaty made long ago with the British Government. Representations of the east, below Quebec and form Nova Scotia, and this from Ontario, are included in the meeting. The meeting has been called by the chiefs of St. Regis and Mohawks, one of the former having been in Caughnawaga for the week past, and the documents which have been shown to the Indians make it plain to the, from their point of view, that they have treaty rights which have not been legally abrogated.

On Thursday evening last the Caughnawagas elected John Daillebout (the once great running champion), Jos. Okay, ex-chief, Joseph Delisles, point of Lachine Rapids, James Phillips, Joseph Foster, Moses Crier, and Thomas Deer to represent them at the St. Regis meeting, and each to favour a return to the original method of government by chiefs. The women are said to be well pleased at the prospect of change. One, who was at the meeting says: The elections have a demoralizing effect upon the Indians, causing quarrels which in one case broke up a happy family altogether and led to drinking habits that did much harm.

The treaties upon which the Indians are acting are as follows:

THE CALL FOR THE MEETING

To the Honorable Sirs:-

Brother, – Whereas we have taken into our serious consideration concerning the affairs touching the welfare of the seven Iroquois nations residing in St. Regis, that we, the said Iroquois Nation of St. Regis, cannot cease of our original treaty of which it was sanctioned by his most excellent president to he thirteen colonies.

Brother,- It is very extremely hard to cease of our original treaty which it is to be perpetuated so long as the sun shall give light and water runs and grass grows, so we cannot see why we should be treated as minors. Since the covenant chain of brotherly love should exist between the Seven Nations of Iroquois and the American Government that the covenant chain should not tarnish bit it is to be always keep bright because we all know that brightness of the great gold chain of which it would eject to no decay.

Brother,- We have agreed to stand by, according to the treaty subsisting between us and you know that it is better to b steadfast to our original treaty, which was first sanctioned by the first President of the United States of America.

Brother,- Concerning the international boundary line, that according to our original treaty, that it does not i interfere it whatever, but it covers the whole plantation.

Brother,- Concering the question referred by our treaties from the discovery to the time of the first President, of the United States of America. best, That the Governments have made an illustration that they shall abide in their vessel. 2. That we Indians of the Iroquois also remain in our birch bark canoes. 3. That the Government shall not make no compulsory laws for the Indians, but the treaties are to be unmolested forever.

Brother,- We thought it further necessary, in order to inform your Honor that General Henry B. Carrington has been here to confer with the Iroqouis of St. Regis concerning our treaty rights, if we the Seventh Nation of St. Regis do remember of our original treaty from the French to English rules, and also to the rule of the first President of the thirteen colonies, that we were justly informed by his Honor, Mr. Carrington, that our original treaty still exists and will not be molested or disturbed. but will perpetuate as long as the sun shall endure, but we don not wish to hold of what is not belonging to us, meaning the elective form of trustees. We believe that it is injurious to our nationality, that it created division among us; so we rather avoid and cease the elective form of trustees. We do not believe that it is calculated to promote of our welfare. We all know that all nations adhere to his own form of government, and of their systematic constitution; and moreover the United States constitution witnessed by the thirteen colonies that all Indians are excluded from their constitution signed by George Washington.

Brother,- You have now heard of our words concerning the treaty existing between us Iroquois of St. Regis and of the United States Government, an also you have received our anxiety to maintain our treaty rights, and, moreover, that our desire is that the elective form of trustees would be abolished, because it creates injustice and bribery, meaning the use of spirituous liquors.

Brother,- We will now sign our names so you will know of whom has the majority of the seven confederate Iroquois of St. Regis – their marks

Peter Ires

Louis Ah-na-ta-ka-rias

Louis Tarkell

Francis Irea

Peter Grey

Sylvester Grey

John Tarkell

Witnessed by Jeremiah Hill, Chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte of Six Nations, June 21, 1892

 

 

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