Jun 18/97: Oneida raided


Victoria Times-Colonist
June 18, 1997
Canadian Press

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London, Ontario -- Relations between aboriginals and provincial police remained tense Tuesday following a raid last week at the Oneida First Nations reserve. Neither police nor aboriginal leaders would discuss the incident - which resulted in seven arrests and the seizure of a variety of weapons - or its aftermath, in which a police officer's van was torched and another officer was shot at.

"I have to meet with my committee first before I make any more statements," said Chris George, chairman of Oneida First Nation's police committee. The community said police implied after Thursday's raid that the cache of seized weapons - hand guns, assault rifles, fully automatic weapons and hand grenades - were found on the reserve.

But George said that wasn't true and complained Friday that police portrayed "all natives as vigilantes."

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