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Band councillor suspended after drug, weapon charges

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Clarence Papequash.

Clarence Papequash, 64, served on the Key First Nation, Sask.

CBC News Feb 15, 2017

A councillor on the Key First Nation, Sask., has been suspended after he was charged with 10 drug and weapon-related charges.

RCMP laid the charges after executing a warrant on the First Nation north of Kamsack around 5 a.m. CST Tuesday.

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Alexander First Nation band members sue leaders for alleged ‘illegal’ payments

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Former Alexander First Nation chief Herbert Arcand, a current councillor and band administrator are being sued by band members for alleged “illegal” financial activities. (Supplied)

Three band members are suing their former chief, a current councillor and an adminstrator

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, January 13, 2017

Three band members of the Alexander First Nation northwest of Edmonton are suing their former chief, a current councillor and a band employee for alleged conflict of interest and “illegal and improper” financial dealings. Read the rest of this entry

Samson Cree members demand audit of chief and council

New Chief‘The funding that the government gives us … it’s not reaching the real grassroots people who are suffering’

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, October 14, 2016

Members of another First Nation in Alberta are demanding a forensic investigation into the spending of federal money by its chief and council.

The call for an audit at the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis just south of Edmonton comes just weeks after CBC News reported on an audit at Alexander First Nation that identified $2.1 million in unexplained payments by a former chief and staff. Read the rest of this entry

Audit identifies $2.1M in ‘unexplained payments’ to Alexander First Nation former chief and staff

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Auditors found past chief Herbert Arcand received $405,119 in unexplained payments, in addition to his salary. (Supplied)

‘It’s a one-sided report to me,’ former chief Herbert Arcand says

By Andrea Huncar, CBC News, September 23, 2016

A “forensic investigation” has identified $2.1 million in “unexplained payments” to a former chief of the Alexander First Nation and seven administrative staff, according to a leaked internal document.

The document says about half of the unexplained amounts, totalling more than $1 million, were paid to former chief Herbert Arcand and current tribal chief administrator Alphonse Arcand. Read the rest of this entry

Women from Alberta First Nation to hold rally after another sex assault charge laid against chief

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Alexander First Nation chief Kurt Burnstick is charged with multiple counts of sexual assault.

In the wake of a new sex assault charge being laid against the chief of a First Nation north of Edmonton, a group calling itself the Alexander Women Warriors is planning to hold a rally to express outrage over the fact he still represents them. Read the rest of this entry

Petition demands investigation into Campbell River Band councillor

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Big House on Wei Wai Kum First Nation, Photo courtesy of Campbell River Cultural Mapping.

By ALISTAIR TAYLOR, Campbell River Mirror, August 23, 2016

A Wei Wai Kum First Nation member says he has obtained the necessary number of signatures on a petition required to have an investigation launched into the actions of a band councillor.

Chris Drake launched the petition to force an investigation into the actions of Jason Price, accusing him of “taking payments for his own benefit.” Read the rest of this entry

Sechelt Nation locked down

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Protesters kept a vigil Tuesday in front of the Sechelt Indian Band offices after locking them with chains and padlocks. – Christine Wood Photo

by Christine Wood,  Coast Reporter May 5, 2016

A group of Sechelt Nation members chained and padlocked all entrances to the Sechelt Indian Band (SIB) administration offices on Tuesday, May 3, and posted signs on the doors that read: “Lock Down For Change.”

As of Wednesday, about a dozen members were on site continuing with the protest, saying they represented more than 40 members who shared their concerns.

Among the concerns expressed were the dismissal of Coun. Ben Pierre Jr. and the alleged dismantling of a locally run fishing business.

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Chief’s bid to restore funding ‘ridiculous,’ say members of Liard First Nation

liard-first-nationChief Daniel Morris filed documents asking Federal Court to restore First Nation’s control of funding

By Phillippe Morin, CBC News, May 6, 2016

A group of Liard First Nation members is opposed to a recent court action launched by their chief and council.

In early April, Chief Daniel Morris filed court documents in Vancouver asking the Federal Court to restore the First Nation’s control of federal funding.

The First Nation, based in Watson Lake, Yukon, has been under third-party management for two years. The condition was imposed after it fell more than $700,000 in debt and failed to abide by the Federal First Nations Transparency Act. Read the rest of this entry

Former finance director of Pit River Tribe arrested

New ChiefBy Maghan Hunt, KRCR TV, March 30 2016

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -The former finance director of the Pit River Tribe in Burney was arrested Wednesday on a number of tax charges and theft.Kenley Black, 41, formerly of Burney, was arrested today at his home in Ft. Defiance, Arizona, on charges of tax evasion, failure to file income taxes, and embezzlement and theft from a tribal organization, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner said.

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Paul First Nation members want chief, council removed

 

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Chief Casey Bird of Paul First Nation. Photo: CBC News.

By Michel Boyer,

 

Members of the Paul First Nation west of Edmonton are calling on the federal minister of indigenous affairs to remove their chief and council from office.

The First Nation is also suing Chief Casey Bird for breach of trust and negligence, claiming he sold off a parcel of land for a fraction of its value.  Read the rest of this entry