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Motorists charged toll for short-cutting through reserve land.

A serious crash on Aug. 24 which closed the Trans-Canada highway for about eight hours, saw some motorists begin detouring through the Morley reserve. Ken Christensen, tribal administrator with the Stoney Nakoda First Nation, told CTV News, "Nation members own the reserve and people were illegally--and I want to emphasize illegally--on the reserve using it as a detour route." Considered to be trespassers on reserve lands, the motorists encountered blockades and were charged a toll to pass through. Tolls of $10-$20 were charged to those not following the proper detour to a public highway through the reserve. Calling the detour and incident "unfortunate," Premier Rachel Notley said, "We have to acknowledge that First Nations have rights on their reserve land akin to, or greater than, certainly private property owners. And you know, they are going to make those decisions and we don't have jurisdiction on that."

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Title Annotation:CALGARY
Author:Chrapko, Darlene
Publication:Alberta Sweetgrass
Date:Sep 1, 2015
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