The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake announced on Friday that it was served with a lawsuit regarding on-going and pending mass evictions from the territory of non-native residents.
In a press release MCK stated, “The notice was sent by the law firm of Grey Casgrain, s.e.n.c., who are representing a group of seven persons: Waneek Miller; Keith Morgan; Terri McComber; Marvin McComber; John Joseph Barry Stacey; Nancy Montour; and Joseph Lanny Delisle.”
According to the release by MCK; plaintiffs named have declared that the current membership law on Kahnawake is unconstitutional under the Canadian Charter of Rights. An additional request is seeking each plaintiff be awarded $50,000 with interest for “violation of their fundamental rights and their dignity as individuals.”
The lawsuit comes after MCK says they received a letter accusing the band of “encouraging harassment against mixed couples.”
In their statement the MCK says that they “vigorously defend the interests of the community and its right to create, administer and adopt its own laws regarding membership. The MCK considers statements alleging intolerance and encouragement of harassment to be highly offensive and completely erroneous given its previous public and sustained denunciation of such actions.”
MCK Chief and Council will meet on November 3rd to discuss the matter.