Jukasa News Update Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Saskatchewan First Nation band councillor admits to drug trafficking
A First Nation band councillor in Saskatchewan who was accused of selling drugs has pleaded guilty to two charges.
Clarence Papequash, who is 64, was in Yorkton provincial court Monday where he entered his plea to counts of possession of codeine for the purpose of trafficking and possession of ammunition while prohibited.
The Key First Nation resident will face a sentencing hearing on April 24.
Mounties executed a search warrant last month at a home on the reserve east of Saskatoon and Papequash was suspended as a councillor by the chief after charges were laid.
Papequash resigned as chief of the band in 2014 when he was given a six-month conditional sentence for selling a morphine pill to a man working for the RCMP.
Following his release on bail in February, Papequash told a reporter that he had recently been battling addiction.
Six nations woman in need of lung transplant
A Six Nations woman is waiting for a lung transplant operation in Toronto.
Jessica Henhawk was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis and recieved a double lung transplant when she was 20 years old.
The diagnosis she says was rare in someone her age, with most patients diagnosed in their 60s.
Henhawk developed pneumonia on a family trip to the US and is now hospitalized and awaiting a second transplant.
A Go Fund Me page has been established to help her with medical expenses.
Six Nations Fall Fair seeking date change, loan forgiveness from Elected Council
Six Nations Agricultural Society approached Six Nations Elected Council this week to forgive a $35,000 loan.
Elected Council deferred the decision to a later date.
The Agricultural Society also asked Council for the dates of the Fall Fair to be changed to September.
The Six Nations Fall Fair is the oldest indigenous festival in Canada.
In the last years it’s date was changed to mid-August resulting in a major decline in attendance.
The Society is hoping the date change back into the fall will result in an increase on attendance for this year’s festival.
Court injunction sought by Enbridge against two Haudenosaunee men
Enbridge is seeking a court ordered injunction against two employees of the Haudenosaunee Development Institute.
The two men, Wayne Hill and Todd Williams, have laid rabbit traps along the path of a proposed pipeline.
Enbridge says the pair have blocked access to pipeline maintenance workers in the Hamilton area.
Injunction hearings were scheduled for this week. No word on what the result of those hearings has been announced.