Kevin Libin: Alberta tribe’s challenge: ‘Too many chiefs, not enough Indians’

National Post


Along the side of the road into Morley, headquarters of Alberta’s Stoney Nakoda Nation, just north of the busy stretch of Trans-Canada between Calgary and Banff that bisects this portion of the reserve, is a parade of signs advertising more than a dozen projects the tribal government has set up or proposed in recent years. Below many of them are the price tags: $22-million for a planned education campus; $3-million for the Bearspaw Youth Centre; $4.6-million for school renovations; $2.5-million to upgrade a band-owned hotel and conference centre; $2-million for a septic system.

The purpose of the signs isn’t entirely clear. It would seem someone’s way of reminding members of Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley — the three Sioux bands bound together by land and by treaty into one Stoney nation — that their government is working to provide them with valuable services and opportunities.

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