Back in February of 2006, the Haudenosaunee people could not have been stronger. We had people from the West, the East, the North, the South, all of us came together and stood against a developer and the governments saying “Enough is enough!”
I was at the fire that summer of 2006 when people spoke about how united we were. Enemies stood beside each other for one cause. We should be proud — and we were.
The bad thoughts we had for each other were gone and only the good ones remained. We had the government scared. They had to come up with something to break this unity. In the past they had tried disease, residential schools, mass genocide, but we are still here.
As I look back on 2006-2008 I think the government came up with a “BRAND NEW PLAN”: Break the HCCC and send in one of their own.
HDI came into effect. Now when it started, it was a good idea. The people were told they didn’t have to lay our lives on the line, be away from our families, we could go back to work and let HDI handle things. Well they handled things alright.
Nobody knows whats going on. When you question HDI they say “go to your chiefs we answer to HCCC, not the people.” But when you go to the HCCC they say “go to HDI”. Back at square one.
Where is the land they were supposed to get back? All I’m told is energy companies are going to develop it. There’s housing development popping up everywhere along the Grand River. HDI is now dealing with “dozens of companies”?
So where is the money?
Why do our elderly and disabled still have to buy medicine when it isn’t covered? Why are they still living without running water? Why do they not have a support system set up to help families when members need 24 hr care? All of these things and more could be set up for the people instead certain people are getting rich.
Has anyone wondered how much we pay Aaron Detlor in a year? Or Directors Hazel Hill and Brian Doolittle? Or HCCC, how much do they get paid per meeting?
If Chiefs and Clan Mothers are getting paid to sit in council, like Band Counsellors, they no longer have the people’s best interest at heart.
They no longer can fulfill the responsibilities they were stood up for because their pay cheque is the first thing on their minds, not their people.
This is evident in what took place in July’s council. Trying to make “a change in title” by picking another clan’s Clanmother. Really HCCC?
The Mohawks, Oneida, Seneca, and Onondaga Nations CANNOT decide who the Cayuga Wolf Clanmother is going to be. We have someone to take that role. We will do things the right way!
The Wyandot Nation did not meet with the Gayogoho:noh Otahyo:ni:, to address their concerns. We were surprised to hear this is what was happening at the longhouse. This is a Cayuga Wolf Clan issue. No other Nation or Clan can step in.
As for the woman who had issue with the lineage of some of our clan members. An adoption that took place 70 years ago with the HCCC of that era does matter.
We do have a voice, get your facts straight before making statements in public, at the longhouse. Start following protocol and have respect for our elders.
That sound decision was made in the late 1940’s concerning my family, never to be spoken of again. We now belong to the Gayogoho:no Nation.
With that being said now in 2016, instead of being a strong nation we now have clan mothers and chiefs disagreeing with each other. HCCC is going by the status quo instead of consensus — making decisions without the people and not listening.
Longhouse people and families are fighting with each other, arguing in longhouse, swearing and disrespecting each other, spreading rumours of dehorning a chief without just cause, and over what? The almighty dollar!
Stop and think about what is happening and why its happening!
If this is the “BRAND NEW PLAN” it’s working and we can lose everything. THINK ABOUT IT HCCC!