A Kahnawake Mohawk Band Council press release dated Wednesday October 29, announced that no further progress will be done on the Archer Daniels Midland Grain Storage Facility to be located on the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory until there is satisfactory evidence of support from the community for economic development and certain technical aspects have been addressed. The Mohawk Band Council of Kahnawake expressed concern for future economic development and lead councilor Joseph Norton states that the termination of the project is a step away from the economic development necessary for economic independence.
Many community members opposed to the project have stated their concern is not a question of support for economic development, but it is concern for this type of economic development and the conditions it has been implemented under, such as lack of community consultation, lack of an unbiased environmental assessment, and lack of investigation into the history of Archer Daniels Midland Co.
Further to the press release, the Kahnawake Mohawk Band Council addressed concerns about a non-Native company operating on Native land, by stating that Archer Daniels Midland would be subject to Kahnawake's laws and regulations as well as a monitoring board. This makes one question who will enforce these laws and regulations and participate in the monitoring process, the Band Council or the People? Such questions were not addressed in the release. The Mohawk Band Council is adamant the project has not been abandoned and is temporarily on hold until it is determined if there is support for economic development in Kahnawake.
WE ARE STILL WATCHING AND CONTINUING TO MONITOR THE SITUATION!!
IT APPEARS THAT THE FIGHT IS NOT OVER YET!!!
WE ARE ASKING YOU TO CONTINUE WITH YOUR LETTERS OF SUPPORT TO BE SENT TO ARCHER DANIELS MIDLAND AND THE KAHNAWAKE MOHAWK BAND COUNCIL!!
Kahnawake Band CouncilNIA:WENKOWA FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!
P.O. Box 720, Kahnawake PQ J0L 1B0
Fax: (514) 638-5958
Archer Daniels Midland Co.
P.O. Box 1470, Decateur IL 62525
Fax: (217) 424-5381 or (217) 424-5447