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Nikaneet Band - First Treaty Day

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      APRIL 1976      v06 n04 p25  
Tuesday, April 13, 1976, is the day the Nikaneet Band near Maple Creek will remember in history. On this date, their first Treaty payment was received.

This band has a membership of under 200 people and have made the first land claim in Saskatchewan.

The Department of Indian Affairs paid out $12,900 in treaty annuities this date. The money received went back to the date of birth for each member of the band.

Mr. Harry Buffalocalf, a councilor for the band received $900.00, for himself and his family. This was the largest amount received by a family.

The oldest member of the band, Mr. John Mosquito, who is 89 years old received $480.00 for his treaty annuity.

The turnout for treaty day was good. All payments in this district are paid in cash.

Chief Lawrence Mosquito receiving his treaty money.
Chief Lawrence Mosquito receiving his treaty money.
Elder John Mosquito receiving his treaty money.
Elder John Mosquito receiving his treaty money.