Classic '70s Posters: Ganienkeh, the Mohawks Who Took the Land Back


Forty years ago, a group of Mohawk Indians took over a former girls' summer camp in upstate New York and claimed the land as sovereign, answerable not to the laws of the United States but to the Kaianerehkó:wa, the constitution of the Iroquois Confederacy. They called their territory Ganienkeh, and to this day the community maintains its independence. ICTMN contributor Alex Jacobs, who was with the seminal Mohawk newspaper Akwesasne Notes at the time, recalls that during an exciting time, Ganienkeh was emblematic of victory: "The Indians won, reclaiming land back from the United States." For more, see Jacobs' piece "Sovereignty Without Compromise, Since 1974: The Story of Ganienkeh."

RELATED: Classic '70s Poster: Carter Camp x AIM x Akwesasne Notes

Here are two remarkable posters from the era that capture some of its spirit. The first comes from Akwesasne Notes, and the second is archived at the official site

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