[Tagging] Ahkwesáhsne, a territory of the Kanien'kehá:ka Nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Was:Should admin_level=1 tag be applied to EU?

Clay Smalley claysmalley at gmail.com
Sat Aug 1 20:09:10 UTC 2020

Chiming in as another settler. I really wish we had more Natives active on
OSM contributing their cultural knowledge. What could we be doing different
in the future to welcome and engage them in our community?

On Sat, Aug 1, 2020 at 12:28 PM Kevin Kenny <kevin.b.kenny at gmail.com> wrote:

> Both the US and Canada consider the river to be the US-Canada boundary,
> and that the reservations are their separate dependencies. The Canadians
> recognize the Six Nations as domestic dependent nations, and they enjoy
> limited sovereignty on their own lands.

I think what you've said here hints at the answer. The US and Canada are UN
member states with international recognition, each with an autonomous
region under indigenous governance. The tribal governments themselves may
dispute this, which is fair. Perhaps one day they might have an
internationally recognized sovereign state with defined borders. But on the
ground as of 2020, there are no such states, only subnational autonomous

So I think the current tagging makes sense. Though I wonder if places like
these qualify as disputed territory. After all, the US and Canada have a
nation-to-nation relationship with each tribal government.
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