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Native inmate disappears after being taken to powwow on reserve






Darrell Moosomin. Photo from Royal Canadian Mounted Police

A Native inmate who is described as a "dangerous offender" has gone missing after he was allowed to attend a powwow in Alberta.

According to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Darrell Moosomin was last seen on the Samson Cree Nation on Saturday. He had been given permission to attend the event but "was able to walk away" from the elder who was escorting him, the law enforcement agency said.

"Moosomin had been a serving prisoner at the PE SAKASTEW Federal Prison in Hobbema for convictions dating back to 1995," the release stated.

Although Pê Sâkâstêw Centre is described as a minimum security facility that focuses on Native culture, the RCMP said "Moosomin was serving an indeterminate sentence for several violent offences including aggravated assault, forcible confinement, and uttering threats."

Moosomin, 54, is originally from Saskatchewan. According to the RCMP, he does not appear to have any family or friends at Samson Cree although one woman said authorities came to her home after receiving a tip of some sort.

"Darn cops came to my house n said he was here," the woman said on Facebook on Sunday. "I'm darn sure I'd keep a convict like him here."

The powwow took place August 12-14 on the reserve.

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