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The Kahnawake Mohawk Territory (pronounced [gahnawâ?ge] in Mohawk, Kahnawá?kye in Tuscarora) is an Indian reserve on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, Canada, across from Montreal. It has also been known as Fort St. Louis, Caughnawaga and 17 other European variations of Kahnawake. The only clue to the location of Indian Reserve # 14 on 1960s government maps of southern Quebec is its blank cartography. Kahnawake is natural territory totalling an area of 48.05 square kilometres. Its resident population numbers about 8,000 with a significant number off the territory. Its land base today is unevenly distributed due to archaic federal Indian Act law that oversees individual land possession unlike the Canadian norms that apply to the land around it. Kahnawake has used the English language keeping its Mohawk language intact while maintaining a life surrounded by 2 million French-speaking Quebecers. Culture and language have long memories and deep roots for both Mohawk and French-speaking Quebecers.
Although most individuals refer to residents of Kahnawake as "Mohawks," they call themselves Kanien’kehá:ka (the "People of the Flint"). Mohawk, which means "eaters of flesh" or "man-eaters" in the Algonquian languages, was popularized in the European languages by the Dutch, who first met them in the 17th Century.

Major construction projects

The federal and Quebec governments have historically located large civil engineering projects benefiting the southern Quebec economy through Kahnawake lands. Criss-crossed by power lines from hydroelectric plants, rail and vehicle highways and bridges, the decision to pass the Saint Lawrence Seaway canal cut through its village permanently separated it from its natural river shore.
One of the first of these projects was the fledgling Canadian Pacific Railway's Saint Lawrence Bridge. The masonry work was done by Reid & Fleming, and the steel superstructure was built by the Dominion Bridge Company. In 1886 and 1887, the new bridge was built across the broad river from Kahnawake to Montreal Island, and gave Kahnawake working men an opportunity to perform as fearless bridgemen and ironworkers. This was the result of a perception by construction companies that the Mohawk men had no fear of heights when given the chance to climb hundreds of feet above the water and ground. Here started the legendary stereotype that has now labelled all Native Americans as having no fear of heights.

Location

Kahnawake is ideally located at the narrowing southwest shore of the St. Lawrence River. The territory is described in its native language as "on, or by the rapids" (of the Saint Lawrence River), giving points of reference to its original depth and claim along the original natural rapids of the old and different river. The modern day location of Kahnawake did serve for a while the interests of the French colony in North America by forming a western defence for Ville-Marie (later Montreal), making the military garrison and its Jesuit mission both its early warning sentinel and religious launch site for canoes taking priests in a western direction. Jesuit records write a settlement date of 1719, while Mohawk oral tradition extends much further into the past claiming a Mohawk settlement date some 10,000 years earlier.


Gambling/gaming

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission offers gambling licenses to Internet-based poker, casino, and sportsbook sites and has established Kahnawake as a substantial player in that business. Many sites are hosted and managed by Mohawk Internet Technologies (MIT), a local data center located within the territory. MIT is the closest and fastest source for "legally hosted" gambling websites for their North American players.

Politics

It has not known the political turmoil that has affected the nearby Kanesatake Mohawk reserve; however, people from Kahnawake blocked the Honoré Mercier Bridge to Montreal during the Oka Crisis in 1990, because they were denied access to Kanesatake through Montreal by the Sûreté du Québec. Both the Canadian and Quebec governments dispute the legality of Kahnawake's gambling operations, but have not risked taking further action due to the harsh international repercussions that followed the Oka Crisis. The websites hosted within Kahnawake are the only privately owned gambling sites that have operated in continental North America without legal action being taken against them.

Fifty men from Kahnawake volunteered to fight with the United States armed forces in Vietnam.

International use of flag

In 2007, two vessels operated by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society flew the Kahnawake Mohawk flag, which made the Kahnawake Mohawk nation the only indigenous American sovereign nation to have deep-sea foreign-going vessels flying their flag. However, since December 2007 the Sea Shepherd vessels have been registered in the Netherlands.

Notable residents

Alwyn Morris Won a gold medal for Canada at the 1984 Olympics in Canoe/Kayak (K2)

Dwayne Zacharie Current Chief of Police, and former member of the Canadian National Wrestling team

Waneek Horn-Miller Was the Co-Captain of the Canadian National Womens Water Polo team at the 2000 Olympics

Chief Don Eagle - Former AWA World Wrestling champion, gaining the title in 1950

Billy Two Rivers- Former pro wrestler and Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Councillor.

Mary Two Axe Early-1911-1996. Champion of Native Women's rights, she played a major role in having Bill C-31 implemented in Canada. Honorary Doctorate, Order of Canada, Order of Quebec, Aboriginal Achievement Award, Governor General's Award.

Kateri Tekakwitha 1656-1680-Beatified on June 22, 1980 by Pope John Paul II.
Louis Jackson - 1843-?. Author of "Our Caughnawaga's in Egypt: A Narrative of what was seen and accomplished by the contingent of North American Indian voyageurs who led the British boat expedition for the relief of Khartoum up the cataracts of the Nile" (1885).

Peter Blue Cloud (Aroniawenrate) Noted Mohawk poet. American Book Award winner. 1981.

Media

Kahnawake has several media outlets in the community:

The Eastern Door, an award winning newspaper that publishes each Friday
K103 Radio, a radio station serving the community for over 25 years

Mohawk TV/Loud Spirit Productions, a television company that features weekly programing as well as a reality show.

Mohawk Radio, an Internet based radio station, which received an award for its junior hockey broadcasts.

The Mohawk Council of Kahnawake Communications Department, produces "Kwatokent TV," a bi-weekly informational program

Iorì:wase News, an online newspaper from the Kanien’kéhá:ka Nation
CKRK-FM Mohawk Radio
(Credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Kahnawake Gaming Commission

The Kahnawake Gaming Commission is an organisation that licenses a large number of online casinos and online poker rooms. It was established in 1996 and is based in Kahnawake 14, Quebec.

It charges a fee for the initial application of $15,000 plus an annual licence fee of $10,000. License holders are entitled to display the group's logo on their website. The group takes complaints about licensees on its website. Alternatively, they can be contacted by regular mail or telephone.

Legality

The legality of the hundreds of casinos operating from Kahnawake lies between native rights of the Mohawk Nation, and the Canadian Criminal Code, which states that only the provincial government is permitted to issue casino licences.

]Regulatory Activity

As posted on Kahnawake's website, their Commission has a license to "control gaming and gaming related activities" conducted within their area. The Kahnawake Commission lists two complaints on its website, the first being that GoldenPalace.com disrupted the 2004 Olympic Games. The online casino was told by the Commission to make a donation to Mohawk charities and that "Golden Palace will not use, promote, encourage or fund this type of ‘marketing’ ever again". However, the casino proceeded to also disrupt the 2006 Winter Olympics. No action was taken against the casino by Kahnawake. (Credit: Wikipedia)

 

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Bodog Entertainment Group

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Bodog Entertainment is an online gambling, music and entertainment company headquartered in Antigua and licensed in Kahnawake, Antigua and Barbuda, San José, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom. Bodog maintains an online sportsbook and racebook, an online casino and an online poker room. The company was founded in 1994 by Calvin Ayre.

Company

Bodog also owns Bodog.net (the play money version of their regular gaming site), as well as an international music label called Bodog Music, and a television production division which produces shows such as Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker that appeared on Fox Sports Net.

In May of 2007 Bodog garnered media attention with an entertainment bet that asked if Heather Mills [the ex-wife of former Beatle Paul McCartney] would lose her prosthetic leg during taping of "Dancing with the Stars". "The Sopranos" season finale in June of 2007 was another popular prop bet for Bodog, as was the June 27, 2007 Paris Hilton-Larry King interview, in which the gambling Web site accepted wagers on what the hotel heiress would say and wear during her first televised interview following her release from a Los Angeles jail.

In 2006, Bodog launched a mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion called BodogFight. It airs on the Outdoor Life Network and The Fight Network (in Canada), as well as being broadcast online. BodogFight also has a distribution deal with ION Media Networks.

The game Scarface: The World Is Yours features a Bodog Stampede, a large, fast vehicle with an automatic machine gun attached on the top. The in-game car was designed by Bodog. The game also features various billboard advertisements featuring Bodog logos.

In 2008, Bodog announced the signing of hip hop legend DMX and will release two albums on the same day both titled Walk with Me Now and You'll Fly with Me Later later this year, making it his debut on the label.

Bodog Music

Bodog Music is a record company owned by Bodog Entertainment. The roster of the record label includes:

* Bif Naked
* Bishop Brigante
* Britt Black
* Fall from Grace (the winners of the Fuse TV reality show Bodog Music Battle of the Bands)
* The Heck
* Overkill
* Nazanin Afshin-Jam
* Neurosonic
* The Vincent Black Shadow
* Fear Nuttin Band
* DMX
* Wu-Tang Clan

Legal

The ABC newsmagazine show Nightline highlighted the website and its legal ambiguities in an episode that originally aired on July 7, 2006.

In August 2006, a lawsuit was filed and later withdrawn by Bluemoon Entertainment. The lawsuit was withdrawn because Bodog had very few assets based in the United States.

In October 2006, the U.S. government passed the Unlawful Internet Gambling and Enforcement Act which prohibits banks from processing transactions for online gambling operators. Though the act did not make online gambling itself illegal per se, many online casinos and poker rooms abandoned the U.S. market, though Bodog chose to continue to serve U.S. players.

On August 1, 2007 a judge for the Superior Court of King County, Washington issued a default judgment in the amount of $ 48,937,456.00 in the case of 1st Technology LLC v. Bodog Entertainment Group S.A. for 1st Technology's patent infringement claim. Bodog's founder claims that the company was not served and that the company has an insufficient presence in the United States to infringe any US patents.

Due to the judgment, Bodog "temporarily" lost control of the Bodog.com URL. That day they moved operations to a new URL, newbodog.com. On September 19, 2007, Bodog transferred their domain from NewBodog.com to BodogLife.com.

Poker

Professional poker players David Williams, Josh Arieh, Justin Bonomo, and Evelyn Ng are members of Team Bodog and play regularly in the Bodog poker room. At the time of his victory, 2006 World Series of Poker Main Event winner Jamie Gold was also a member of Team Bodog, but that business relationship ended on January 25, 2007. Team Bodog poker player Matt McCullough finished third at the 2007 World Series of Poker Europe Main Event taking home £381,910 ($766,674 US). (Credit: Wikipedia).

 

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Calvin Ayre official website

Calvin Ayre Foundation

Calvin Ayre MySpace

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Bodog Gaming is operated in North America under License by Morris Mohawk Gaming Group.

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