10/06/2011 12:55 EDT | Updated 12/05/2011 05:12 EST

Fall assembly of Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations get contentious

SASKATOON - The separation of business from politics was the theme of the fall session of the legislative assembly of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.

Debate raged as the FSIN reviewed a financial audit of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority, which posted profits in excess of six per cent for the last fiscal year.

SIGA has been under fire of late for excessive board costs.

Then, the debate moved to another level when the removal of SIGA's former chair Kirk Goodtrack was reviewed and an interim chair appointed.

Chief Marcel Head of the Shoal Lake Cree Nation is one of those pushing for change within the FSIN.

He says the federation isn't living up to its mandate and is spending too much time protecting the interests of chiefs.

However, it was decided that vice chair Edward Henderson will assume the role until a replacement for Goodtrack is installed, despite a number of abstentions and vocal criticisms of the move by chiefs within the FSIN.

The assembly continues Thursday and will include the election results for a new vice chief to replace Lyle Whitefish who decided not to run for another term. (CJWW)