Natives shakedown

Natives demand royalties for land

Allison Hanes, National Post, with files from Canwest News Service Published: Thursday, January 17, 2008
In a Canadian precedent, a First Nation has created its own bureaucracy to collect royalties, approve plans and set environmental standards for any development on its traditional lands -- a swath of prime Southern Ontario real estate.

The four-month-old Haudenosaunee Development Institute set up by the Six Nations in Ontario has sent letters to municipalities and is also approaching developers privately to hammer out deals, with the implied alternative being the kind of economic disruption that has blocked highways, rail lines and housing developments in the province.
"This is a first in Canada for a [First Nation] to say we are going to take this matter into our own hands, because historical evidence would suggest the governments of Canada and Ontario are either unwilling or incapable of finding creative solutions," said Aaron Detlor, the administrator of the HDI, which was created by the Six Nations Confederacy Council.
But the province has said the HDI has no authority, municipalities up and down the Grand River are ignoring it and at least one home builder has likened its demands to a mob-style shakedown.

The natives should open their books first before they are given more money from anyone.
Last edited by Walter; Jan 17th, 2008 at 10:13 AM..
Back in the days the government gave the natives the land along the grand River, 6 miles either side of the Grand from start to finish, the government said "let us manage the land for you, and we'll put the monies collected from the management of the land into trust for you".
the government managed to sell most of the land and MISmanage the monies gained....the Natives ended up with hardly any of the allocated land and no money from the government Mismanaging.......ya cant blame them for reacting in this way, you can only push people so far.

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