Let us put our minds together as one: To be a citizen of the Haudenosaunee
VanEvery, Aaron L.
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This thesis examines some of the complicated issues surrounding Haudenosaunee citizenship. It will take an in depth look at some of the ways in which Haudenosaunee citizenship is being compromised by both Haudenosaunee people and outsiders. The purpose of this thesis is to remind our people of the traditional practices and the ways of thought of the Haudenosaunee. The central question that I seek to answer is "what it means to be considered a citizen of the Haudenosaunee." The Haudenosaunee have long asserted their stance as being an independent Nation, but the United States and Canada have continually worked to diminish the sovereignty of the Haudenosaunee by offering citizenship and imposing foreign laws onto the Haudenosaunee. This paper engages the past and present thoughts on the issue of citizenship. Starting with some current views on citizenship from self identified Haudenosaunee citizens. It then moves into an examination of traditional practices and ideas of citizenship. Then moving into a look at colonial practices of diminishing Haudenosaunee citizenship through imposed laws and forced citizenship. It ends with some final thoughts of where the Haudenosaunee need to go in order to bring the Haudenosaunee back to the powerful Confederacy it once was.