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Saskatchewan Chiefs Sign Gas Tax Rebate Agreements

Kenny Loon

SASKATCHEWAN INDIAN      DECEMBER 1981      v11 n11 p11  
Several Saskatchewan Indian Bands have signed gas tax rebate agreements, and in effect, implemented a four-year program that will net these bands approximately $4 million over the next four years.

At the end of the last All Chiefs Spring Conference FSI Chief Sol Sanderson and Agriculture Minister Gordon MacMurchy signed the four-year gas tax rebate agreement.

The agreement stipulated that the distribution of grants begin in late October or in November of this year and executed annually thereafter.

The North Battleford District Chiefs were one group that signed the agreement worth $143,544.56.

The 16 Bands in the Touchwood - File Hills - Fort Qu'Appelle District also signed an agreement totalling $154,177.24.

Earlier, the Yorkton and the Prince Albert District Chiefs signed similar agreements.

Agriculture Minister Gordon MacMurchy talks to Chiefs
Agriculture Minister Gordon MacMurchy talks to the Chiefs during the signing of the Agreement.
Chief Gordon Albert and Gordon MacMurchy sign Memorandum of Agreement
Chief Gordon Albert of Sweetgrass and Gordon MacMurchy sign Memorandum of Agreement.

How the funds are spent is at the discretion of each band.

In signing each of the agreements, Agriculture Minister Gordon MacMurchy told the Chiefs that "negotiations have been going on for a number of years between the Federation of Saskatchewan Indians (FSI) and the provincial government and the result of those negotiations is witnessed by this signing."

He also added that it is the obligation of the provincial government to live up to the spirit and intent of the treaties..."such as this particular case with respect to taxation of gasoline".

Chief Hilliard McNab presents gift to the visiting party
Chief Hilliard McNab of Gordon's reserve presents a small
gift to the visiting party during the signing of the gas tax rebate agreement.

The terms of the agreement are as follows:

The Saskatchewan Chiefs praised the provincial government for honoring the treaties and welcomed the return of tax money, which will enable them to finance unfinished projects.