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Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) nation, state policies, and community resistance: A pedagogical tool

Donna Kahenrakwas Goodleaf, University of Massachusetts Amherst


Historically, throughout the world, Indigenous nations have been subject to colonial policies and practices which deliberately seek to obliterate the way of life of Indigenous societies. The Kanienkehaka nation is but one of the thousands of such nations struggling to survive and resist against state invasions within traditional national territories. This study examines the current conflict-relationship between the Kanienkehaka nation and the State (U.S./Canada) from a historical/cultural/political framework. The Oka crisis of July 11, 1990 will serve as a case study. This study also constructs pedagogy that examines both U.S./Canadian governmental policies towards Indigenous nations, specifically the Kanienkehaka nation. This curriculum is designed to assist teachers place each chapter in an educational context by specifying central themes that revolve around the historical/contemporary relationship existing between the Kanienkehaka nation and the State.

Subject Area

Curricula|Teaching|Minority & ethnic groups|Sociology

Recommended Citation

Goodleaf, Donna Kahenrakwas, "Kanienkehaka (Mohawk) nation, state policies, and community resistance: A pedagogical tool" (1992). Doctoral Dissertations Available from Proquest. AAI9239778.