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SASKATOON - Department of Veteran Affairs policy came under fire recently from Saskatchewan's Indian Veteran's Association president Henry Langan.
Speaking at the general assembly of provincial Indian leaders meeting in the city, Langan said Indian veterans and widows are being ignored by DVA.
According to Langan, "A widow whose husband was killed in action overseas was told by DVA that a representative would be out to see her and today she hasn't seen anyone and hasn't received a penny. This is the kind of problems we are encountering", he said.
Another area was "when our Indian veterans were given their grant of $2,320 they had to be allocated a portion of land of 160 acres. According to non-Indian veterans, some how the whole program for Indians
Many Indian veterans were given land already owned, as reserve land. "If the people were just in the country, with sincerity and the onus was on the government at that time, they would have allocated additional land to the Indian veterans," said Langan.
Membership was also mentioned. Veterans who had served in the two world wars, Korean War, peacetime service, R.C.M.P. and Special Constables are being honored. The Ladies Auxiliary is raising a question.
In November the Saskatchewan Indian Veterans' Association is planning to hold a general assembly. They also plan to honor the dead and staged a memorial pow-wow at Lebret in southern Saskatchewan.