Mohawk Warrior and Champion of the People Dies ~ March 13, 2013. A great loss to the people, to the nation, to the resistance, to the anti-imperialist movement right across Great Turtle Island.
R.I.P TO ACTIVIST AND WARRIOR FOR JUSTICE, SPLITTING THE SKY
WE LOST “SPLITTING THE SKY”,
MOHAWK WARRIOR AND ACTIVIST
We were honored to have him deliver a solidarity message on the occasion of the Int’l Day of Solidarity with the Palestinians in 2003 in Vancouver, an event that also featured the parents of Rachel Corrie.
Our condolences to his family, friends and nation; rest assured his legacy will carry on!
Chair, Canada Palestine Association
Cohost, Voice of Palestine
SPLITTING-THE-SKY: THE MAN
John Boncore was born in Buffalo, New York on January 7, 1952. His Mohawk name, Dacajeweiah, translated into English means "Splitting the Sky". From the age of seven he endured many years in New York foster homes and youth detention centres where he was ill-treated. Eventually he would become the only man convicted as a ringleader of the infamous 1971 Attica State Prison rebellion in upstate New York, in the course of which 43 inmates were killed.
Splitting the Sky founded an organization to unite all Indigenous Peoples into a great confederation called the League of Indigenous Sovereign Nations of the Western Hemisphere (LISN). In 1995 he was the Sun Dance Chief at Gustafsen Lake, British Columbia, during the Gustafsen Lake Standoff, which was precipitated by a rancher who attempted to evict the Sun Dancers from what he claimed was his property. The incident turned into a major protest against the occupation of unceded native land. Splitting the Sky was an outspoken critic of the government's handling of the incident and was among those who raised the question of so-called "Aboriginal Title" under international law. Specifically, aboriginal title is enshrined under the Royal Proclamation of 1763, which is validated as an aboriginal right in section (35) of the Canadian Constitution.
On September 10th, 2001, Splitting the Sky and his family were checking out of the Marriott Hotel one block from the World Trade Center in New York. Had he stayed an extra day or two, as was originally planned, he and his family might have suffered the fate of 400 others at that location who lost their lives during the 9/11 tragedy. As if by some intuition, he and his wife decided to cut short their stay and get out of New York City.
The following is his story about the real criminals behind the heinous acts of 9/11.