Whitecap Dakota Nation chief charged with assault and mischief

The Chief of the Whitecap Dakota First Nation made his first court appearance for common assault and mischief. His next court appearance is scheduled for May 17, 2022. Slav Kornik / Global News

A Saskatchewan chief who is known as a well-established and successful leader has been charged with assault and mischief.

According to the Saskatoon Provincial Court, Whitecap Dakota First Nation Chief Darcy Bear’s first appearance at court was on Tuesday and was adjourned for plea to May 17 at 9 a.m.

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Global News contacted Bear’s lawyer but did not receive a response before publication. We will continue following this story when details become available.

Bear was named to the Order of Canada in November 2020 “for his visionary leadership” and for creating economic and social development opportunities for his community.

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Under his leadership, the Dakota Nation is home to the Dakota Dunes Golf Links, which was rated as one of the top courses in Saskatchewan.

The community also has one of the biggest SIGA casinos in the province, the Dakota Dunes Casino, and also opened a 155-room resort hotel in 2020.

Bear has served as chief for over 30 years.

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