Billy Two Rivers
Billy Two Rivers retired from pro wrestling in 1976, after 24 years in the
ring, little did he know that within a short period of time, he'd be in an
even bigger game, with bigger stakes and bigger egos -- politics.
friend on the council at the Kahnawake reserve near Montreal thought that
Two Rivers would be great at politics, and tried to convince him to run
for council in 1976. Two Rivers brushed him off, thinking himself too
young at 41 to get involved in politics.
1978 came, and two years older and wiser, Two Rivers did run for council
-- where he sat for the next 20 years, leading the Mohawks of the
Kahnawake reserve, including the controversial blockade of Montreal's
Mercier Bridge in 1990, usually referred to as the Oka Crisis.
wealth of experience travelling the world as a wrestler came in handy, and
he was essentially the "external affairs minister" for the
council. In 1998, he didn't get re-elected, and now works as senior policy
and political advisor to the Assembly of First Nations run by Phil
at 65, he's very philosophical about the way his life has turned out.
"I've always figured out that whatever happened to me, there was a
reason for it. When I had to draw upon whatever experience I'd gathered in
my lifetime, it served its purpose when I had to do it at any particular
time," Two Rivers said on recent Sunday, while awaiting the next NFL
playoff game at his home in Kahnawake.
page last updated 14 July 2004