The Haudenosaunee Six Nations filed a land claim on the Eagle's Nest tract of land in 1989[1, 2], arguing that this land was never surrendered, and that there are no existing documents proving otherwise. Instead, there are a number of documents suggesting that this land was specifically reserved for the Haudenosaunee future generations, along with the Johnson's Settlement, the Oxbow Bend, Martin's Tract and Burtch Tract, all of which were to be leased out on short term leases only.
      Despite the Haudenosaunee Six Nations' outstanding claims to this land, the city of Brantford and various private developers have pushed ahead with several new development projects on the land --apparently assuming that if the land has not already been surrendered, it inevitably will be.[3] Aware of the fact that further settlement and development on this land will make it increasingly unlikely that a Canadian court will "return" this land to the Haudenosaunee --even if the court finds that the lands were indeed never surrendered by the Haudenosaunee; Haudenosaunee Six Nations' members have responded to Brantford's development attempts with numerous acts of non-violent, civil disobedience aimed at halting development project before they get too far underway. As a result, the city of Brantford filed for a controversial injunction against the Haudenosaunee protesters, and Haudenosaunee Six Nations members are facing an ever-increasing number of criminal charges against them for their actions to protect their lands.
      Instead of frustrating Haudenosaunee attempts to seek justice; however, the injunction has furthered alliances between the Haudenosaunee Six Nations and various non-Native organizations, including many Canadian labor unions, who see parallels between the criminalization of the Haudenosaunee in their struggle for justice and the criminalization of Canadian workers in their struggle for social justice. See, for example, this blurb on the Canadian Auto Workers' site.

More information coming soon...