01/31/2012 01:39 EST | Updated 04/01/2012 05:12 EDT

Saskatchewan band votes to accept $21M for land that flooded in '40s

SAKIMAY, Sask. - Members of a Saskatchewan Indian band have voted to accept a $21-million settlement for land that was flooded in the 1940s.

Chief Lynn Acoose (AYE'-coose) of the Sakimay (SAHK'-ih-may) First Nation says 307 of 328 ballots cast in Monday's referendum were in favour.

A deal was reached earlier this month after years of talks between the Sakimay, the federal government and the province.

The claim was over a water control structure built on Crooked Lake in the Qu'Appelle Valley east of Regina.

The Indian Claims Commission ruled in 1998 that there was no proper authorization to build the structure or to flood reserve land.

The land remains under water to this day.

(CJWW, The Canadian Press)