Residents of Gambler First Nation continue to occupy the reserve’s band office demanding the chief’s resignation.
Coun. Kelly Tanner said Chief David LeDoux and members of the West Region Tribal Council, of which the reserve is a member, were accompanied by police to the office on Thursday.
Tanner said they emptied out the band office, where she, former chief Gordon Ledoux and a group of other residents have been holed up since Tuesday.
“This isn’t what we wanted but it worked out his way,” Tanner said from inside the office yesterday.
“Now we’re never going to get the right vision of what the finances are.”
Tanner said nepotism dominates the reserve, and that 11 of the 16 jobs on the tiny First Nation located near Binscarth have been given to the families of the chief or fellow Coun. Nathan Tanner.
Former chief Gordon LeDoux said the current chief slashed the wages of all council members as a way to gain control over them.
Gambler is one of the few Manitoba First Nations to comply so far with the First Nations Financial Transparency Act, which requires First Nations to post, online, the salaries and benefits of chiefs and councillors.
The deadline to file the documents was July 29.
Chief Ledoux earns $20,163 per year, according the online posting.
Gordon said the low wage makes the chief appear to be a leader for cutting costs, but that he essentially created a position to augment his income while keeping others low.
“He got around it by hiring his wife as his personal secretary which increases his family income,” Gordon said.
Since Wednesday, the chief has suffered a heart attack.
Gordon hopes he is OK and that it’s not the stress that brought it on, adding that heart disease runs in the family.
A call to LeDoux’s cell was answered by an unidentified woman who said the chief was in surgery in Winnipeg.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition August 16, 2014