You Are on Indian Land (1969)

Film details

  • Country

    Canada

  • Year

    1969

  • Genre

    Documentary

  • Type

    Film

  • Category

    Non Fiction

Synopsis

Film about the 1969 Akwesasne border crossing dispute, following a group of Mohawk Native Americans of the St. Regis Reservation (near Cornwall, Ontatrio) and their protests and confrontation with the authorities over a bridge and customs post built on their land to link the USA and Canada without any consultation with them. Customs and toll bridge charges contravene 18th century treaties regarding land ownership, and allowing free movement across the Mohawk reservation irrespective of later borders. The protest consisted of holding up traffic and making the point that those using the bridge road were trespassing on Mohawk nation territory.

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