PHOTO Courtesy of The Eastern Door Former Grand Chief of Kahnawake Joseph Tokwiro Norton died on Aug. 14 at the age of 70. Norton, who first became Grand Chief in 1982 and would hold the position for a total of some 30 years, was a tireless advocate for the Mohawk people, and might be best known for his strong leadership as one of the main negotiators during 1990’s Oka Crisis. He remained actively involved in community leadership throughout his life, chairing the Mohawk Council of Kahnawake’s meeting just a week before he died. He was also known as an advocate for solidarity between Indigenous communities and worked to build ties between the Mohawk community and the Canadian government. Hundreds gathered to pay their last respects to Norton in Kahnawake on Aug. 19.