From the Winnipeg Sun:
A Canadian Taxpayers Federation (CTF) aboriginal affairs analyst -- who has long questioned the accountability behind the establishment of reserves in urban areas -- suggested the Roseau River housing situation should convince the 'Peg's municipal officials to take a hard look at any deal they're about to make.
"Regardless of where it's located or what you call it, a reserve is a reserve," Tanis Fiss told The Sun from the CTF's Calgary office.
"It's a leadership and accountability issue, regrettably, the way the native reserve system is set up. There are no opposition parties. There's no one standing up for the common man, the common citizen."
Mayor Sam Katz refused to comment directly on whether the rural reserve's internal dispute would prompt him or other city officials to think twice about striking a deal with Nelson for the old Packers property.
Katz pointed out he hasn't seen the homes or talked to their owners about the conflict, so he shouldn't wade into the spat.