Federal Court Upholds Piikani Nation Decision To Remove Its Former Chief From Office

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A federal court has ruled that the Piikani Nation was justified in their decision to remove former Chief Gayle Strikes With A Gun from office over a conflict of interest.

A federal court has ruled that the Piikani Nation was justified in their decision to remove former Chief Gayle Strikes With A Gun from office.  Strikes With A Gun was initially suspended in 2012 and then stripped of her title in 2013 over a conflict of interest.  During a press conference in Brocket on Friday, band officials called the September 23rd ruling a victory for the integrity of the first nation's governance.  But also noted that the controversy has created divisions among band members and taken an emotional toll on members of the Piikani Council who were tasked with undertaking the two year battle to see Strikes With A Gun removed from her position.  The band says it will not be filling their Chief vacancy until Chief and Council elections next year.  Councillor Clayton Small Legs will continue to serve as Acting Chief until the end of the current council term. - Tom Roulston
 
Clayton Small Legs, Acting Chief, Piikani Nation
 
Fabian North Peigan, Councillor, Piikani Nation
 
 

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