DECEMBER 13, 2006

SENECA HISTORIAN WRITER, INTELLECTUAL SOSISITOWAH (JOHN MOHAWK) DIED

Born on August 30, 1945, on the Cattaraugus Reservation, New York, John graduated from Hartwick College in 1967 and became editor of Mohawk newspaper Akwesasne Notes from 1967 to 1983.  He founded the Seventh Generation Fund & the Indian Law Resource Center, and helped negotiate both an end to the Oka Crisis (1981) and what led to the 1988 Salamanca Settlement Act.  A Six Nations Iroquois Confederacy Grand Council member, John edited Daybreak magazine (1987-95) while earning master’s (1989) and doctorate (1994) degrees from University of Buffalo.  On the UB faculty, he was co-director of the Native American Studies Program (1999-2002) and chaired the Dept. of American Studies (2002-03).  His 20 books include Exiled in the Land of the Free: Democracy, Indian Nations and the U.S. Constitution, and The Red Buffalo.  Mohawk helped edit 1978’s A Basic Call to Consciousness, setting forth international law standards for the rights of indigenous peoples.  He died in Buffalo, New York.

Source:   Patricia Donovan, “John C. Mohawk, UB American Studies Professor, 61,” University of Buffalo News Center, 12/14/2006.  Retrieved 7/11/2019, http://www.buffalo.edu/news/releases/2006/12/8308.html
Photo:  Courtesy of the University Archives, University at Buffalo.

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