I am a firm supporter of FN self-government, but [url=http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/natives+being+evicted+from+Kahnawake... this [/url] seems to be a violation of a FN person's right to marry or partner with whomever they choose:
Saying there are too many non-natives living in Kahnawake, the local band council has issued eviction notices to 25 residents, giving them 10 days to leave the Indian reserve on Montreal's South Shore.
About 25 non-natives - mostly white people involved in relationships with Mohawks - are being asked to leave the reserve because Mohawk law does not allow them to live there, said Joe Delaronde, press attaché for the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake.
n 1981, the community announced a moratorium on mixed marriages, which meant that non-natives who married Mohawks after that year would no longer have the right to live on the reserve. Any non-native who had married a Mohawk before the moratorium is still permitted to live on the reserve.
In the 1980s, some Mohawks contested the policy before the human rights tribunal, but lost. The courts have ruled that Mohawks can make any membership policy they deem necessary for their survival as a people.
"We're very concerned about protecting our identity because at a certain point, the Canadian government will look at us and say: 'You are not even Indians,' " Delaronde said.
"We are very proud of our heritage and protective about it. We don't have a whole hell of a lot of it left. This is part of revitalizing the community."
The band council decided to act after receiving complaints from Indians who feel that too many non-natives are living on the reserve.
"We are responding to what the community wants," Delaronde said.
Although Mohawk law says that non-natives can't live on the reserve, they are allowed to visit and stay overnight, he explained.
"Sleeping over or staying for a week is a whole different situation," he said.
I wonder if any of the FN people involved will bring a new human rights complaint forward?