The former chief of the Moosomin First Nation near the Battlefords is challenging his dismissal by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.  Elliott Kahpeaysewat was dismissed for vote buying during an election.

The January election was appealed on allegations that Kahpeaysewat paid a number of band members for their votes. The department says an independent investigation found evidence the chief gave money to multiple electors for their votes. 

However, Kahpeaysewat says affidavits filed against him were fabricated.  The former chief says his lawyer has filed for a judicial review, challenging Ottawa’s authority to remove him from office.