10/06/2011 11:45 EDT | Updated 12/06/2011 05:12 EST

Contentious fall assembly of Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations wraps up

SASKATOON - The fall session of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations' legislative assembly has wrapped up.

It was a contentious two days, with a push by a number of vocal chiefs for a separation of business and politics within the federation's structure.

In particular, they want the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority to be governed independently of the federation.

Acting Chief Morley Watson says separating the two might be necessary, but it won't be easy.

He says the federation is new to the business side of things, but he believes they are improving.

Nevertheless, Watson says the message from the chiefs was loud and clear — the federation needs to be better.

The day wrapped up with the elections of the 2nd and 4th vice chiefs, Simon Bird and Robert Cameron.