Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Feds give native band $9.8 million for oxgoad

The Nekaneet First Nation should have received an ox, a plough, agricultural tools and some seed ever since becoming a Treaty 4 signatory in 1913. They never did. And, to make it up to them, the 417-member band in southwestern Saskatchewan will receive $9.8 million from the federal government in compensation. How many more hours and dollars were spent in the 20-year process to settle this claim are not public knowledge.

At least one taxpayer thinks this is ridiculous.

March 5 UPDATE: A member of Nekaneet says the band is poorly managed. He further said that the band's businesses advertised in the Regina Leader-Post didn't exist. In his letter to the editor, Jordan Fourhorns called the advertisements a "glaring page of untruths."

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