KANONHSTATON – Feeling empowered by last week’s “citizen’s arrest” of Kanonhstaton (DCE) land protector, Kawaowene Garlow, by anti-native rights activist Gary McHale, one of his most devout followers, Randy Fleming, decided he wanted in on the free for all too. So, on Monday afternoon, he thought that it would be nice to take a stroll through Kanonhstaton, on what Haldimand County says is their public road.
Like McHale did the week before, Fleming taunted a land protector who came out of the house to tell him to leave, and the two bumped chests. At that point, Fleming called the OPP to arrest someone for assaulting him. This time however, no one was arrested, and after a gathering of other Six Nations people began to grow, Fleming was ordered by police to leave, which he did not.
Instead, he promised to “stay around until after the OPP leaves and then walk through there (the property) again to get home.”
Fleming argues that, since Haldimand and the Province have registered the front drive they named Surrey Street as a county road, that he is free to walk on it whenever he pleases.
The land protectors have a different view of the situation and believe the land in question is still the possession of Six Nations as part of the Haldimand Deed, and was never ceded for sale, only for rent and the rent has been overdue since the 1840’s.
Last week it was Kawaowene who was caught in the jurisdiction game McHale and his followers have learned to play.
One thing was different however. Last week Kawaowene could not text for help as he was there alone when McHale and his followers arrived. This week Kawaowene stayed inside the house and texted for help, which came from the Six Nation community. About two dozen people showed up to stand against Fleming until he left.
“I’m really worried right now man,” said Kawaowene. “I was very nervous when he came on the site.”
Kawaowene was charged with assault after his altercation with McHale last week.
“I’m sure glad someone else was here at the time. I’m also very happy that people did come to help. When the OPP showed up, I didn’t know what to do. This has got to stop.”
Kawaowene was injured when he was roughed up during his arrested last week, and still carried the scars.
“Members of the Onondaga Wolf Clan were one of the first ones to get here,” said Kawaowene.
Norm Thomas got a text from Kawaowene in the house to get down there and arrived at about 2:20 in the afternoon. Others began to arrive as well and when Fleming attempted to go back to the Breimire St. area through Kanonhstaton he was stopped by Six Nations land protectors. All the while, Fleming was insisting to police that he was being assaulted.
“Fleming came on from O-town,” said Thomas. “A guy from the house went out to stop him and Fleming wouldn’t stop and they ran into each other. That fool called the cops and said that he was assaulted.”
According to witnesses, Fleming continued his walk right through the grounds and waited for police outside the barricaded front gate.
After arguing with police and Six Nations residents for about 45 minutes, Fleming finally left in a friend’s car.
Kawaowene believes this type of intimidation is going to continue throughout the summer and is concerned that it may escalate the situation again, unless it is stopped somehow.
Randy Fleming created a disturbance at the former Douglas Creek Estates property reclaimed by Six Nations eight years ago. Fleming walked through the Kanonhstaton property claiming he had every right to do so since the roadway is still registered with Haldimand County as a public roadway. This is a repeat of an incident which happened last week involving Gary McHale and a group of his followers. Land protector Kawaowene was roughed up by OPP after McHale performed a “citizen’s arrest”. Photo by Jim Windle