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Salt River First Nation asserts independence

Lyndsay Herman
Northern News Services
Published Monday, June 25, 2012

The Salt River First Nation has begun the six-month-long process of separating from the Akaitcho Tribal Government. It submitted written notification of the withdraw on Friday, citing a membership-wide vote that called for the action.

"The membership voted to withdraw from Akaitcho as they felt that they were no longer representing the best interests of Salt River First Nation and that the time had arrived that we were mature enough as a government to go out on our own," states David Poitras, chief of the Salt River First Nation in a news release.

"We wish our colleagues and friends in Akaitcho our best wishes as they move forward into their future."

The Akaitcho Tribal Government deferred all comments to the Salt River First Nation, who were unable to respond further before press deadline.

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