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Oka Standoff

July 11, 1981

A standoff began at Oka, Québec, when police attempted to storm a barricade erected by the Mohawk to block the expansion of a golf course onto land claimed by the Mohawk. The protesters surrendered to soldiers on September 26, after a 2-month-long siege.

Joseph Brant, Mohawk Leader and British Officer 1812

"The Mohawks have on all occasions shown their zeal and loyalty to the Great King; yet they have been very badly treated by his people. ..."

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Oka stare down.jpg by Shaney Komulainen of Canadian Press / Fair Use

Joseph Brant by George Romney, London, 1776 / Public Domain