Jukasa News Update Monday, September 11, 2017
The Cherokee Nation has started processing tribal citizen applications for the descendants of black slaves once owned by tribal members.
A federal court in Washington, D.C., ended a longstanding fight last week by ruling that descendants of the slaves, known as freedmen, have the right to tribal citizenship.
About 3,000 applications had been on hold amid the legal dispute.
Residents who were evacuated from a northern Manitoba First Nation because of a wildfire are allowed to return home.
The Canadian Red Cross says leadership of St. Theresa Point has determined the community is safe and that evacuees would begin flying home Sunday.
The Red Cross says there were more than one thousand evacuees from the community who had registered with them.
More than 4,000 people were forced to leave their homes in Garden Hill, Wasagamack and St. Theresa Point when they were threatened by a large forest fire 500 kilometres north of Winnipeg.
An autopsy will be done this week on a four-year-old child who died in northern Ontario on the weekend.
Ontario Provincial Police say they were called Saturday afternoon to assist Nishnawbe-Aski Police deal with a child in medical distress on the Constance Lake First Nation near Hearst.
The girl was taken to hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Police say the post-mortem is to be conducted in Sault Ste. Marie on Tuesday.
The investigation is being conducted under the authority of the Coroner’s Act, but the OPP’s criminal investigation branch is assisting.
A Hamilton church says it’s hoping to move hundreds of centuries-old graves in order to make way for modern-day condo dwellers.
Cathedral Place says its current parking lot was built over top a 19th-century graveyard containing the remains of hundreds of former parishioners.
Church officials don’t know how the parking lot came to be built over the graves, but say they want to address the issue as part of a revitalization project.