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Band members charged for stealing Aboriginal healing funds.

Three band members and former administrators of the Yellow Quill First Nation--Charles Bighead, Doreen Ahpay, and Valene Smokyday--have all been charged for theft of residential schools healing funds for their First Nation.

All three appeared in Rose Valley court on Sept. 15, each faced with one count of theft over $5000 for funding the band received from the Aboriginal Healing Foundation in 2004 and 2005.

RCMP started an investigation after they received information on April 2008 about the misappropriation of funds by the three, who held band councilors and health portfolio positions at the time.

The Yellow Quill First Nation is currently under third-party management with a non-band member appointed by the federal government managing the band's funds.

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Title Annotation:NEWS BRIEFS
Publication:Saskatechewan Sage
Date:Sep 1, 2010
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