Lerat is a member of the Cowessess First Nation of
Saskatchewan, Canada. Dutch has served Indian Governments
of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations for a
period of 19 years. During this time he served as
Executive Assistant to the Chief of Saskatchewan Indians
and later got seconded to the Federal Government in
Ottawa as Special Assistant to Minister Argue. In 1984 he
was elected as Second Vice-Chief for the Federation of
Saskatchewan Indian Nations, in 1995 he began his fifth
term with the FSIN as an elected Vice-Chief. During this
period of time, Mr. Lerat served on many Boards and
Commissions, and was Regional Vice-Chief to the Assembly
of First Nations of Canada.
In February, 1996, Vice-Chief E. (Dutch) Lerat was seconded to the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority as Acting Chief Executive Officer. Dutch was an instrumental player in the establishment of Casinos in four Saskatchewan Communities under First Nations jurisdiction and control. From August, 1996 to June 2000, Mr. Lerat was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer, for the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.
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