BROCKET: Piikani Nation council members held a news conference Friday morning, to discuss the removal of Gayle Strikes With A Gun as Band Chief.
Acting Chief Clayton Small Legs stated that a Removal Appeal Board, which was selected by the Band CEO, removed Strikes With A Gun because of a conflict of interest. While he stated that he couldn't provide any specifics, he did point out that more information was available on the band website.
Posted there was a link to the appeal board's written decision the matter, which includes an email from Strikes With A Gun to the acting CEO at the time, pushing her to work out a contract with her sister's business without opening it up to a bidding process. The email goes on to demand that the CEO release another employee for insubordination. From there that board notes a series of run ins between Strikes With A Gun, the CEO and others.
Band CEO Byron Jackson noted that the board was made up of Blackfoot confederacy individuals, and that they were compensated by the Piikani Nation.
Before the press conference began Strikes With A Gun spoke briefly with the media outside council chambers, saying she wanted to share her side of the story following the event. After it ended however Strikes With A Gun had left the building.
While a by-election would usually be set to elect another chief within one year, Piikani band members may have to wait a little longer as Strikes With A Gun has appealed the board decision.
Band members will get a chance to hear from their council on the matter during a public meeting in Brocket on January 16th, 2014.
The next scheduled election for the band comes in January of 2015.
You can review the full decision by the Removal Appeal Board by clicking on the link below.