Still Warriors: Kahnawake Mohawks Are Ready To Take Up Arms To Defend Their Beliefs.. (And Those Gambling Operations)

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Christinne Muschi for National Post: Kenneth Deer, poses with a flag outside a longhouse in Kahnawake, Quebec, June 2, 2015. Christinne Muschi for National Post: Kenneth Deer, poses with a flag outside a longhouse in Kahnawake, Quebec, June 2, 2015.

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Still warriors: Kahnawake Mohawks are ready to take up arms to defend their beliefs (and those gambling operations)

KAHNAWAKE, QUE. —  Early on July 11, 1990, when Bryan Deer’s radio crackled with news the Sûreté du Québec was moving in on Kanesatake with tear gas and concussion grenades, he and his fellow Mohawk Warriors in Kahnawake knew what had to be done.

Within an hour, they had seized the Mercier Bridge, preventing rush-hour traffic from crossing the vital link between their reserve on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River and Montreal.

It was a show of support for their brethren in Oka, a community 45 minutes away that shares close ties with Kahnawake. The Mohawks there had set up a blockade to protest the expansion…

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