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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

We Wai Kai Elders remove chief from office

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We Wai Kai chief Ralph Dick, on right.

by  Alistair Taylor, Campbell River Mirror, Nov 26, 2015

The We Wai Kai Nation Council of Elders has removed Ralph Dick from the office of Chief after they determined he breached the nation’s Conflict of Interest Policy.

“While we wish the decision did not fall to us, the Council of Elders members also swore an Oath of Office and are bound to uphold the Election Code and the Conflict of Interest Policy,” the Council of Elders say in a written decision, a copy of which was provided to the Mirror.

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First Nation’s chief found in breach of oath

We Wai Kai chief Ralph Dick, on right.

We Wai Kai chief Ralph Dick, on right.

By J.R. Rardon, Campbell River Mirror, September 3, 2015

We Wai Kai (Cape Mudge) First Nation Chief Ralph Dick has been found in breach of his fiduciary duty after accepting a $12,000 share option from a business venture controlled by the band, an external investigation has found.

The investigation, by Ratcliff & Company LLP of North Vancouver, was requested by We Wai Kai Council after a review of computer files of former band accountant Maurice Magowan. Read the rest of this entry

Ex-Whitecap Dakota accountant Hugo Gallegos sentenced to five years in prison

Former Whitecap Dakota First Nation accountant Hugo Gallegos was escorted from Saskatoon Court of Queen's Bench on Sept. 2, 2015, after being sentenced to five years in prison after pleading guilty to two counts each of theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000, a charge of laundering the proceeds of crime and a charge of possession of the proceeds of crime. (Gord Waldner / The StarPhoenix) Photograph by Gord Waldner, The StarPhoenix

Former Whitecap Dakota First Nation accountant Hugo Gallegos was escorted from Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench on Sept. 2, 2015, after being sentenced to five years in prison. Photograph by Gord Waldner, The StarPhoenix

By Jeremy Warren, The StarPhoenix, September 2, 2015

The man who admitted defrauding the Whitecap Dakota First Nation of millions of dollars jammed a cooler with $143,000 in $100 bills, owned a storage locker filled with shoes worth around $200,000, and once spent $700 just on socks.

Details — along with new allegations by the defence — emerged Wednesday in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench at sentencing for Hugo Edgardo Gallegos, the accountant who pleaded guilty last month to two counts each of theft over $5,000 and fraud over $5,000, a charge of laundering the proceeds of crime and a charge of possession of the proceeds of crime.

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People furious over report of chiefs per diem rate: ‘double dipping has to stop’

Mikmaq chiefs 1by Trina Roache, APTN National News,
People across Nova Scotia are furious after finding out chiefs make hundreds of dollars in per diems for doing as little as sitting on a conference call for the Mi’kmaw Family Services Agency.

“This double dipping has to stop,” said Daniel Toney, a member of Annapolis First Nation in Nova Scotia. Toney was part of a protest there earlier this month.  People are upset over the amount of money his chief, Janette Peterson takes home. Read the rest of this entry

No jail for band executive who stole $725,000 from B.C. First Nation to cover her gambling debts

Government to withhold cash to non-compliant First Nation band in Chilliwack

 

Squiala Chief David Jimmie. Photo: Times/file

Squiala Chief David Jimmie. Photo: Times/file

by  Paul J. Henderson,  Chilliwack Times, Dec 10, 2014

A local First Nation band won’t face court action for defying new financial disclosure laws, but the federal government will suspend funding for non-essential programs.

The Popkum Indian Band is the only one in the Times readership area that did not file audited financial statements and band council remuneration figures by Nov. 26, as required by the First Nations Financial Transparency Act (FNFTA).

Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development (AANDC) Bernard Valcourt said the act was brought in to apply “the same principles of transparency and accountability to First Nation governments that already exist for other governments in Canada.” Read the rest of this entry

Chiefs organization hosting AFN election kept $1.9 million in training dollars destined for member First Nations, according to auditors

MKO grand chief David Harper.  Graphic by APTN.

MKO grand chief David Harper. Graphic by APTN.

Jorge Barrera, APTN National News, Dec 9, 2014
Auditors appointed by the department of Aboriginal Affairs have found that Manitoba Keewatinow Okimakanak (MKO) kept at least $1.9 million worth of federal training dollars that was supposed to flow to member First Nations, APTN National News has learned.

MKO represents 30 First Nation communities in northern Manitoba and is hosting the Assembly of First Nations election for national chief in Winnipeg. Some of MKO’s member First Nations are among the poorest in the country. Read the rest of this entry