MALONE — "While the Mohawk tribe understands and shares in the frustration of community members in relation to the land claim and the infringement of our collective rights, we cannot and do not condone the actions (allegedly) taken by Roger Jock and others in occupying land that does not belong to him," the release states.
"The Mohawk tribe has, for over 20 years, been involved in litigation to address the illegal taking of our lands by New York state. We have consistently repurchased these lands and exercised jurisdiction over them, as they return to our ownership.
"We do not believe that the tactics (allegedly) used by Mr. Jock and others to seize this property are in the best interests of the community or of our regaining permanent ownership of these lands," the tribal chiefs stated.
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