Did you know the Iroquois declared their own war on the Axis in World War II?

Chief Angus Horn in 1942
(Photo: Mohawk Nation News)
On June 13, 1942, a group of Iroquois, led by chief Angus Horn of the Mohawk tribe, stood on the steps of the Washington Capitol and declared war on Germany, Italy and Japan, much to the surprise of passersby.
 
The declaration of war on Germany was actually technically redundant, since the Iroquois Confederacy already declared war on the country during World War I, and the Versailles Treaty never formalized peace between these two particular sides. (In fact, the peace treaty at the end of World War II did not do so, either, so one might argue the war is still going on.)
 
The declaration was more than just an act of solidarity with the rest of America; it was actually a political move in the long Iroquois struggle against the United States and Canada regarding their sovereignty. A 1941 court case had just declared that Native American nations are subject to federal law, and the war declaration was a symbolic refutation of that decision by presenting the Iroquois as a sovereign power. It also allowed Iroquois men to volunteer to serve in the U.S. military while still upholding their claim that they’re not U.S. citizens and thus cannot be drafted.

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Winston Churchill waves to crowds in Whitehall in London as they celebrate V-E Day, May 8, 1945.
(Photo: Imperial War Museum)

On May 8, we will celebrate the 78th anniversary of V-E Day, standing for Victory in Europe Day, the date of the formal surrender of the German armed forces in World War II on May 8, 1945. On this occasion, you will get a discount of $500 on all our tours if you book and pay in full until May 8, 2023. In addition to the discount, this promotion includes also our available 80th anniversary D-Day tours in 2024. According to statistics, seats for the main D-Day anniversaries get sold out approximately a year before the event. So book your tour as soon as possible because the most popular ones will get fully booked very soon. Note that this offer applies only in case of new bookings, and it cannot be combined with other special promotions. If you have any questions related to this promotion or our tours, feel free to contact our travel consultants.

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