This Land is MY Land: An Insider’s Account of the 1974 Mohawk Attempt to Reclaim New York State
A regiment of well-armed Mohawk Indians descended from Canada the night of May 13, 1974, repossessing 612-acres of Adirondack wildness to which they claimed aboriginal rights. For three long years, an occasionally violent and perpetually tense standoff between the “radicalized” or “traditionalized” Mohawk, local residents and the New York State Police festered like a ticking time bomb until future Governor Mario M. Cuomo negotiated a precariously balanced truce.
Cuomo’s solution—which masterfully dealt with the immediate problem at hand (getting the Mohawks out of Moss Lake) without resolving, or even addressing, the unresolvable underlying issues (the return of nine million acres of land)—resulted from dozens of volatile negotiating sessions in which Louis Grumet, co-author of This Land is MY Land, was the key envoy.
This Land is MY Land is an insider’s account of the history and politics that returned a chunk of wilderness to the people who inhabited the region centuries before the Europeans arrived, provided the Mohawk with a new homeland in northern New York and deftly offered the State a face-saving resolution.