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Just a simple Cherokee trial lawyer, Barkman has been forcing his opinions on others in print since, for reasons that passeth understanding, he was an unsuccessful candidate for state representative in 2002. His philosophy: "If people had wanted me to be nice, they should've voted for me."

Sunday, April 30, 2006


Members of the Six Nations (the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, more popularly known as the Iroquois League, ancestors of the Cherokee) are reclaiming Native land in Ontario, Canada, to protest white development on land that was awarded to the tribes by the British Crown in 1784 as a reward for service in the American Revolution.
The standoff has reunited, at least temporarily, peoples who were divided when the Canadian government tried to replace the tribal government in 1924. The Iroquois League, consisting of the Mohawk, Seneca, Cayuga, Onandaga, Oneida, and later the Tuscarora tribes, inspired the US Constitution with its governing law, the Gayanashagowa or "Great Law of Peace." More information is available at the official web-site of the Six Nations of the Grand River Territory.

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