CITIZENSHIP: Kanien'ke:haka/Mohawk Nation
CLAN: Bear Clan
HOME: Kahnawake of Mohawk Territory
EDUCATION: M.A., Carleton University, 1997
LANGUAGES: Mohawk, English
INSTITUTIONAL AFFILITATION: Simone de Beauvoir Institute, Concordia University, 2003-2005, Professor: "History of Indigenous Women"
LOCAL COMMUNITY: Elders Council, Kahnawake 2004--
Kahentinetha was involved in the 1962 Conference on Indian Poverty in Washington D.C., the blocking of the International Bridge at Akwesasne in 1968, and other indigenous issues. Most recently, she was behind the Canadian Army razor wires that surrounded the Mohawk compound in Kanehsatake, known as the "Oka Crisis" that plagued the summer of 1990. After almost 20 years of service, Kahentinetha was fired by the Department of Indian Affairs for her involvement in the Oka Crisis.
An avid writer, Kahentinetha has returned to her love of writing working on her own material and editing the works of others. "Mohawk Warriors Three - The Trial of Lasagna, Noriega and 20-20", the account of the first trial of the warriors arrested after leaving the compound, is Kahentinetha's first published book. She lives in Kahnawake with her children and grandchildren.
M.S. THESIS: "Iroquois: Origin and Significance of Competing Ideologies".
ORGANIZATION: President, CASNP Canadian Alliance in Solidarity with Native Peoples.
- Kanien'ke:haka/Mohawk Sovereignty Position;
- Constitutional Jurisdiction Position Under Kaianereh'ko:wa/Great Law of Peace of Sovereign Indigenous Nations;
- Speaker to Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences in North America and Europe on Contemporary Indigenous Issues, such as: "the Emerging National-International/Indian Relationship", "Indigenous Nationhood in North American Society", "Traditional Government and Traditional Justice Systems of Indian People", "The Role of Support Groups to North American Indigenous Nations", "The Oka/Kanehsatake Crisis of 1990".
- Cross-Cultural Awareness/Multi Track Diplomacy.