Newly Re-Elected Chief Facing Charges

Wednesday, January 05, 2005 at 13:21



Sidney Fiddler is still the chief of the Waterhen Lake First Nation, despite recently running afoul of provincial environment authorities.


The incumbent chief won the December 23rd band election over four other challengers.


Fiddler and his brother, Robert, were recently charged for letting cattle graze on land that they thought was owned by the band, but turned out to be in the Meadow Lake Provincial Park.


They face a total of eight charges.


Fiddler recently told reporters the mistake was made because Indian Affairs didn’t bother to survey the southwest boundary of the reserve.


Fiddler is also upset he and his brother were charged individually, since the decision was made by the entire band council.