1990: When Mohawks took up arms to halt development on a burial ground

A Mohawk warrior stands triumphantly atop an overturned police vehicle after an effort to remove the Mohawk barricades failed.

Image: Tom Hanson/AP

In the summer of 1990, long-simmering tensions among the First Nations of Canada reached a flash point around the Kanesatake Mohawk reservation 30 miles west of Montreal.

The reservation was surrounded by the town of Oka, which was preparing to build a members-only golf course and luxury condo development on a pine grove and cemetery where...

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