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Executive Re-Elected: Kennedy And Langan By Acclamation; Chief Ahenakew By An Overwhelming Majority

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      OCTOBER 1972      v03 n10 p01  
Alec Kennedy
Alec Kennedy
Henry Langan
Henry Langan
David Ahenakew
David Ahenakew

The recent assembly of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians gave overwhelming support to the leadership and the policies they had followed. Both treasurer, Henry Langan, and second vice-president, Alec Kennedy, were elected for another term by acclamation and Chief David Ahenakew encountered only token resistance from Gerald Wuttunee of Red Pheasant.

In his campaign speech Dave Ahenakew pointed to the past record of the Federation and stated that he would maintain his strong stand on treaty rights.

"The principal aim of this organization is for the preservation and maintenance of treaty rights," he told the assembly.

Gerald Wuttunee pointed out that the organization was not closely tied to the grass roots people and stated that he would put more power in the hands of the Chiefs and Councils.

The nomination took place Tuesday afternoon and the voting took place the following morning. This was done so that delegates would have time to think and debate the leadership question. The result was an overwhelming victory for Chief Dave Ahenakew.

After his election by acclamation Henry Langan thanked the assembly and stated that since he felt he was getting on in years he would consider this his last term.

Alec Kennedy thanked the delegates, "From the bottom of his ticker", and stated he would continue on with the economic development program that he is presently chairman of.

"I have had experience of both being a small farmer and a larger farmer," he stated, "And I will continue to strive to see that we become economically independent."

An amendment brought forward during the election was that from now on a candidate would be required to have a majority of 51% before he was considered elected.

For example, if four candidates ran for office and none reached 51% of the vote then the election would be rerun with the candidate with the lowest number dropping out.

This was placed in to prevent having an executive that was supported by only a minority of the membership.