Saturday, May 05, 2012

The Tip Of The Iceberg

Former Mosquito First Nation chief pleads guilty to defrauding band
"The charges result from a five-year investigation by members of the Saskatoon RCMP commercial crime section and the North Battleford detachment. The North Battleford-area band, whose full name is Mosquito, Grizzly Bear's Head, Lean Man First Nation, was paid $9.6 million as part of the 1992 TLE agreement, which compensated 33 Saskatchewan First Nations for land they'd been owed since the signing of the treaties. The moneys were placed in trust accounts and were to be used to buy land and, if a band chose, to invest in economic development projects. The Mosquito First Nation was required to purchase at least 8,132 hectares to add to its reserve, but the fund has been exhausted without meeting the requirement."

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