Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mohawk leader Jake Swamp has died

Jake Swamp was a Chief and an ambassador of the Mohawk Nation of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) confederacy for more than 30 years.  He recently attended the Parliament of the World's Religions where he worked with CoG's National Interfaith Representative - Rachael Watcher on indigenous issues.  He will be sorely missed. 

From Indian Country Today:

"AKWESASNE MOHAWK NATION TERRITORY – Jake Swamp, the great Mohawk spiritual teacher, has died.

Swamp, a member of the Wolf Clan whose Mohawk name “Tekaronhianeken” means “where two skies come together,” passed away unexpectedly on the morning of Oct. 15 at Massena Memorial Hospital in Massena, N.Y. He was 68." ...(Cont.)...

From The Parliament of the World's Religions Blog:

"...Swamp served as Mohawk Nation diplomat in many instances. He addressed the Fourth Russell Tribunal in the Netherlands, was a delegate to the United Nations, met with leaders of foreign nations and advised representatives from the US Congress and Canadian Parliament. He worked closely with Dr. Greg Schaaf to have the US Senate pass a resolution acknowledging the influence of the Haudenosaunee on the US Constitution and thereby initiated a revolution in the understanding of American history. He was a delegate to two sessions of the World Parliament of Religions where he was affectionately called “el jeffe”." ...(Cont.)...