Mohawk chief says Que. deal rewarded violent acts
Thursday, January 15, 2004

The chief of the Kanesatake Mohawk First Nation who was forced to flee his community says Quebec's public security minister rewarded the protesters who torched his home on Monday.

Grand Chief James Gabriel said Quebec's intervention in the dispute doesn't solve greater problems of law enforcement on the reserve. He lost his home after firing the police chief he believes was soft on crime. He then brought in a Native police force from other First Nations.

Minister Jacques Chagnon stepped in by restoring the fired police chief, who is promising an outside investigation into the fire, and by removing the Gabriel's police force. Gabriel wants to crack down on illegal tobacco sales, a lucrative business for some tribal members.

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