Long Plain First Nation

Chiefs 1876 - Present

by Wesley Peters and Tim Daniels. February 2011

The history of the chiefs of Long Plain begins with the hereditary chieftainship of the Portage band. Short Bear’s great grandfather came from the state of Minnesota and was a chief before the Portage band was formed. His grandfather Black Robe would become the first chief of the Portage band in the early 1800s. His father Pa-kwah-ki-kun would become the second chief of the Portage band sometime after 1845. Pa-kwah-ki-kun passed away in the early 1860s but Short Bear was too young to assume the hereditary chieftainship. Short Bear would assert his hereditary chieftainship in 1873 with over half of the Portage band following him. Short Bear was approximately twenty six years old when he was officially recognized as chief of Long Plain on June 20, 1876. Before his passing and after forty years as the chief of Long Plain Short Bear would hand the hereditary chieftainship to Charlie Assiniboine. The hereditary chieftainship would end with Charlie Assiniboine and after him every successive chief would be an elected chief. The hereditary chieftainship of the band lasted for over a century when Canada took it upon itself to do away with it. Chief Charlie persistently requested for the delay of payment from Canada for the 1916 Land Surrender. It is believed that this is the reason that Canada took his chieftainship from him. Every chief through out the history of Long Plain has maintained the integrity of the treaty to uphold Canada to the promises made in the treaty of 1871. The millions of dollars that Long Plain has received from the Treaty Land Entitlement and Loss of Use settlement are a direct result of the treaty chiefs from the past to the present.

Chief Short Bear (Kesh-ke-me-quah) 1876 – 1916

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Short Bear’s great grand father Gavion Bouche was a chief from Red Lake Minnesota. In the early 1800s his grand father Black Robe became the first chief of the Portage band. Black Robe passed away sometime after 1845 and his son Pa-kwah-ki-kun became chief Pa-kwah-ki-kun negotiated 1851 treaty on behalf of Portage band to rent their land in Portage La Prairie to Rev. Cockran and the settlers. He also received a 717 acre reserve beside Cresent Lake in the treaty. Pa-kwah-ki-kun passed away in early 1860s and YellowQuill became chief because Short Bear was too young. YellowQuill negotiated 1871 Treaty with Canada and Canada promised to provide seed, oxen, farm equipment and a reserve with a five mile belt within one year. Canada breached treaty when it failed to provide the promises within one year. When the one year treaty stipulation elapsed in 1872 it created division within the band influencing Short Bear to assert his hereditary chieftainship, over half the band followed him. Five years after treaty Short Bear received his reserve at Long Plain in 1876. Short Bear’s son passed away before him so he handed hereditary chieftainship too Charlie Assiniboine before passing away in 1916.


Councillors
1867-1892 Bannap, Kahkaypaywaynine, Keecheeweese, Wabannaquot
1892-1901 Wabannaquot, Bully (Tay pis koogee zickapit), Kakaypaywaynine, Tobacco (Assineope)
1901 1902 Wabannoquot, Bully (Tay pis koogee zickapit), Tobacco (Assineope)
1902-1906 Bully (Tay pis koogee zickapit) Tobacco (Deposed 8/19/04)
1906-1909 Bully (Tay pis koogee zickapit) Adophus Myran
1909-1916 Bully (Tay pis koogee zickapit), Assiniboine (Okaymahwinin)

Chief Charlie Assiniboine (Shaw-wa-ni-ga-bou) 1916 - 1924

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His first year as chief the young men wanted to start farming but could not afford seed, oxen and farm equipment unless they surrendered reserve land. The band surrendered 3800 acres to Canada to purchase the equipment. Canada was to sell the land on behalf of the band with a contract stipulation of $ 20.00 per acre. Canada breached the contract by selling below the upset price and delayed payment to the band. Charlie Assiniboine persistently reminds Indian Affairs of the delayed payment and purpose of the payment. A major factor in the delay is Manitoba (on behalf of farmers) insists the band received too much land in 1876 and wants Canada to expropriate the surplus land. Rather then fulfilling the contract stipulations Indian Affairs succumbs to Manitoba’s wishes and diminishes reserve land on the north, south and west boundary. June 10, 1918 Indian Affairs sends a cheque to the band at $ 12.00 per person but it’s too late in the season to seed and not enough to purchase equipment. The irony of Manitoba insisting the band had surplus land is that in 1982 Canada admitted a shortfall was owed to the band from 1876. Long Plain is pursuing a claim against Canada for the 1916 Land Surrender.


Councillors
1916-1917 Bully (Tay pis koogee zickapit), Assiniboine (Okaymahwinin)
1917-1919 Bully (Tay pis koogee zickapit), Joseph Myran (appointed 6/8/17)
1919-1923 Joseph Myran, Simon Prince (resigned 12/19/21)
1923-1925 Joseph Myran, Frank Wescoupe

Chief Frank Hawkey Merrick 1925 – 1936

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Chief Frank Merrick’s family transferred to Long Plain in 1906. Frank Merrick was a councillor for the band in 1923 prior to becoming a chief of Long Plain. When he became chief he would become the first elected official of the band. His family originally came from the state of Minnesota. As a chief in his day Frank Merrick attained celebrity status in Canada and a picture of him in full regalia continues to be sold on post cards after all these years. When the reserve was still heavily forested he cleared land by axe with the help of band members so that farming operations could commence. For years he was well known as an exceptional farmer in the community and was held in high regard and esteemed by government. Frank Merrick’s son the late Angus Merrick would follow in his footsteps and become a councillor and chief of Long Plain. Frank Merrick continued from where Charlie Assiniboine left off concerning the 1916 Land Surrenders. Chief Frank Merrick hired a lawyer in 1934 to try to collect payment for the surrendered land and the interest accumulated during the delay. The 1916 Land Surrenders has been submitted as a claim against Canada for the mismanagement of the surrendered land.


Councillors
1925-1927
Joseph Myran, Swampy Hobson (resigned 8/11/25), John Daniels
1927-1938 Joseph Myran, Russell Bill, John Daniels (resigned 6/10/37), Dan Assiniboine (12/14/37)

Chief Joe Myran 1936 – 1943

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Chief Joe Myran was born in 1868 at Poplar Point, Manitoba and passed away in 1946. He was a farmer before and after becoming a councillor of Long Plain. For nineteen years consecutively he served as a councillor for Long Plain from 1917 to 1936. After so many years as a councillor he would become the chief of Long Plain for an additional eight years from 1936 to 1943. His twenty seven years as a councillor and a chief make him the longest serving elected official for the Long Plain reserve in the 1900s and second only to Short Bear. His grandsons would follow his example and become chiefs for the Long Plain reserve, Chief Billy Myran in the 1960s and Chief Sam Myran in the late 1970s. Chief Joe Myran’s great grandson Robert Peters would also become a councillor for the band for nine years between 1998 and 2007. His grandson Chief Sam Myran would officially begin the land claims process for Long Plain in 1977. Chief Joe Myran was a grass dancer and there is a poster size photograph of him wearing his grass dance outfit that is displayed in the Long Plain Spirit Lodge.



Councillors
1936-1943
Joseph Yellowquilll (7/28/43), Russell Bill, Dan Assiniboine

Chief Joe YellowQuill 1943 – 1948

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Joe YellowQuill was the great grandson of Chief YellowQuill (Oo-zaw-wi-guan) of the Swan Lake reserve. Shortly after 1876 a reserve was set aside for Oo-zaw-wi-guan and his followers at Swan Lake. Oo-zaw-wi-guan and his family remained on the Swan Lake reserve briefly before moving to Indian Gardens just a few miles south west of Long Plain. Joe YellowQuill and his family transferred to Long Plain in 1925. Eighteen years after transferring he became chief for five years from 1943 until 1948. In his term as chief many young men of the community volunteered to serve their country in World War II. When he was chief the first half century was coming to a close and not much had changed since the treaty. While the rest of the world had hydro, running water and indoor plumbing the band did not yet have these necessities. When the young men of the community returned from serving in World War II the reserve would experience a transition in the global sense as the community began to evolve with global changes. The next generation of leaders after Joe YellowQuill was not only a changing of the guard but of the political, social and economical changes that the band would experience.


Councillors
1943-1948
Russell Bill, Dan Assiniboine

Chief George Daniels (1948 – 53) (1955 one year) (1961 – 1963)

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Chief George Daniels served in the Canadian military during World War II. He was well known as a grass dancer in the community. His Father John Daniels was a councillor for the band for thirteen years from 1925 to 1938. Three years after serving in the military he became the chief of Long Plain in 1948 to 1953 and 1955. Six years later he was elected as chief again from 1961 to 1963 totalling eight years he served as chief of Long Plain. George Daniels passed on his leadership qualities to his children his son Ernie and daughter Marlene would both become chiefs of Long Plain. His second youngest son Tony was a councillor and two of his daughters also became councillors, Jacqueline Daniels and current councillor Ruth Roulette. Since the 1920s until the present George Daniels’ family have served the Long Plain community as chiefs or councillors in each decade. His legacy in passing his leadership qualities down to his children is recognized in the upholding of Canada in maintaining the integrity of the treaty of 1871 and its revision of 1876. George Daniels as previous chiefs before and after him kept the treaty promises alive, the 1994 TLE and Loss of Use claim is a result of that.


Councillors
1948-1953
Russell Bill, Dan Assiniboine
1955 Bill Myran, Rufus Prince, Angus Merrick (resigned 9/15/55), George Prince (appointed), George Myran
1961-1963 Laura Peters, George Myran, Gordon Myran, Arthur Myran

Chief Ben Meeches 1953-55 (1955-57 appointed) 1957-59

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For five and a half years Ben Meeches held the position as chief of Long Plain in three separate terms between 1953 and 1959. In just over a decade after serving as a chief he would become a councillor for the band for two years from 1971 to 1973. He was well known as a singer on the pow wow trail and traveled to many pow wows throughout Canada and the United States. For many years he was a school bus driver and drove the students of Long Plain to the schools in Portage La Prairie. Ben Meeches was also a farmer who helped the people of the community by farming for them as a whole. He was very much involved with his grandchildren and the children of the community. For years the children of the community would flock to his home to visit and play sports and he would take the children to other communities to watch or participate in sporting events. His son Raymond Meeches would become a councillor and the two of them would serve in council together during the same term. His grandson Dennis Meeches would also become a councillor and chief of Long Plain for ten years.



Councillors
1953 -1955
Harvey Assiniboine, Rufus Prince, Angus Merrick
1955-1957 Bill Myran, Rufus Prince, Angus Merrick (resigned 9/15/55), George Prince (appointed),
George Myran
1957-1959 Bill Myran, George Myran, Rufus Prince, Wallace Hobson

Chief Rufus Prince 1959 - 1961

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Chief Rufus Prince serviced in the Canadian military and was wounded in action during World War II. He won a Supreme Court decision for aboriginal hunting rights. For many years he was band administrator before Chief and Council gained the autonomy that they have today. Rufus Prince is the founder of the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council (DOTC) the first of its kind in Manitoba. After the DOTC was established other reserves began to adopt the tribal council concept. These tribal councils were to be the political voice of First Nation communities. He was the vice-chief for the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood and this organization eventually became the present day Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. His ideas shaped and helped bring First Nation communities into the modern political landscape. Rufus Prince was an innovator and advisor to several chiefs and very articulate and outspoken on First Nation issues whether it was local, regional or national. In the 1950s and 1960s when he was chief the Long Plain band for the first time would receive Hydro. In acknowledgement of his many accomplishments for First Nation communities the band dedicated a building in his name.


Councillors
1959-1961
Wallace Hobson, John Wescoupe, George Myran, Arthur Meeches

Chief George Myran 1963 – 1965

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Chief George Myran served in the Canadian military during World War II. After the war he worked as a carpenter for many years in Long Plain. George was a councillor for the band for eight years between 1955 and 1963. He would later become the chief of Long Plain for two years in 1963 until 1965. During his term as either a councillor or chief the livelihood of most band members centered on carpentry or farming in the community. It was also during this period that more band members began to seek employment outside the community and in other provinces. During his term as chief school integration was implemented and the students of Long Plain would be bussed to the schools in Portage La Prairie for the first time. In his later years George would become a representative on behalf of Long Plain veterans and went to France to commemorate First Nation veterans who served over seas during times of war.




Councillors
1963-1965
Arthur Meeches, Gordon Myran, Flora Merrick, William Myran, Hapa Wescoupe

Chief Louie Daniels 1965 – 1967

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For many years Chief Louie Daniels worked as a farmer and a welder outside the community. Louis’ son Kimbi Daniels was a hockey player and played professionally in the National Hockey League. Louis served as chief of Long Plain for two years between 1965 and 1967. He was employed as a farmer for a number of years on a Hutterite Colony just a few miles south of Long Plain prior to becoming a chief of Long Plain. Farming was still the main livelihood for most band members when he was chief. Prior to his passing Louis Daniels always took great interest in any discussions that related to the treaties and the band’s land claims process.

Councillors
1965-1967
Flora Merrick, William Myran, Sam Myran, Gordon Myran, Laura Peters
Arthur Meeches (resigned 3/7/66)

Chief Billy Myran 1967 – 1973

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Chief Billy Myran was a councillor for Long Plain for eight years from 1955 until 1959 and again from 1974 to 1978. He was also the chief of Long Plain for six years from 1967 to 1973. His grand father Joe Myran was a councillor and chief of Long Plain for almost thirty years. Billy Myran was a school bus driver in Long Plain in the 1960s when the day school was at the present location of the Trust Office. During his years as a councillor or chief employment opportunities for band members centered mostly on labour and farming in the surrounding community. Being that he was a farmer and chief his decisions would be influenced in the area of agriculture for the community. As chief he had large sections of land cleared in the community so that band members could pursue a livelihood in agriculture if they chose. Although band members have no longer been farming in the community since the late 1970s the band has been leasing to farmers outside the community for approximately thirty five years now. The revenue generated from leasing the land helped bring the Indoor arena to the band including land revenue payments that is distributed with Treaty payments.


Councillors
1967-1969
Joe Meeches, Gordon Myran, Raymond Meeches, Philip Longclaws, Stanley Smith, Andrew Perswain
1969-1971 Sam Myran, Wallace Hobson (dismissed), Angus Merrick
1971-1973 Joe Peters, Herbie Daniels, Raymond Meeches, Ben Meeches

Chief Marlene Peters 1973 – 1974

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Chief Marlene Peters is the daughter of Grace Daniels and the late Chief George Daniels and grand daughter of John Daniels. She would become the first and only woman to ever hold the position of chief for the Long Plain First Nation. Marlene’s decision to become chief of Long Plain came in some part if not all from the example set forth from her father and grand father who were distinguished leaders of the community for many years. She was twenty four years old when she became chief and it is quite possible she was the youngest to ever hold the position of chief in Long Plain. She was not only very young when she became chief, but a pioneer in the field of administration for the women in the community. She was loved by the children in the Day Care where she worked and the community. Marlene accomplished much through her efforts to improve the conditions and well being of her community as a NADDAP counsellor. Her family, friends and relatives have much to be proud of for the example she set as a role model. It is with sadness that Marlene would pass away on February 1, 2011. Marlene will always be remembered and respected as a leader of the community.


Councillors
1973-1974
Ron Woods (resigned 6/12/74),Sam Myran (resigned 6/12/74)
Joseph Peters (resigned 6/12/74),George Assiniboine (resigned 6/12/74)

Chief Raymond Meeches 1974 – 1975

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Chief Raymond Meeches was a councillor for Long Plain for four years from 1967-69 and 1971-73. In his last term as a councillor in 1971 to 1973 he would hold office with his father the late Chief Ben Meeches who was also a councillor at the time. Two years after completing his term as a council member he became a chief for Long Plain for a brief time before resigning on June 13, 1975. Raymond Meeches was a farmer like many before him and he also raised many horses. For many years he was a carpenter, construction worker and heavy equipment operator for the community. Raymond was very much a traditionalist and pow wow singer as well as a dancer on the pow wow trail. He helped and continues to preserve the cultural aspect and traditions of the First Nation community. Raymond Meeches can always be depended on to speak openly and publically concerning issues pertaining to the band.




Councillors
1974-1975
William Meeches, William Myran, Andrew Perswain (resigned 6/1/75)
John Meeches (released), Laura Peters (bi-election), Morris Merrick (bi-election)

Chief Angus Merrick 1975 - 1976

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Chief Angus Merrick was one of the few if not the first to work in a professional capacity outside of Long Plain. For a number of years he was an interpreter and court communicator in the city of Portage La Prairie. In recognition Angus Merrick was awarded with the prestigious Order of Canada for his dedication and many years of service and contribution on behalf of the aboriginal community. He served as a councillor for two years from 1969 to 1971 before becoming a chief of Long Plain in 1975. His wife Flora also served as a councillor before him and she was in council for four years from 1963 to 1967. The Long Plain band in acknowledgement of his accomplishments and service to his community over the years would dedicate a building in his name. Angus was a traditional dancer in the community and always participated in the annual pow wow in Long Plain. Angus’ writings and interviews concerning significant events of the band’s history are kept by the band for historical purposes.



Councillors
1975-1976
William Meeches, William Myran, John Meeches (released)
Laura Peters (bi-election), Morris Merrick (bi-election)

Chief Sam Myran 1976 – 1978

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Chief Sam Myran was a councillor for the Long Plain band for five and a half years in three separate terms 1965-67, 1969-71 and 1973-74. He was the chief of Long Plain for two years from 1976 to 1978. Sam Myran was very involved in sports and recreation in the community before and during his term as chief for Long Plain. His many years being involved in sports and recreation influenced him to bring in the band’s first major capital project the indoor arena in 1978. It was also during this period that a housing boom would begin for a number of years. As chief he also formed a council of youth and today some of these individuals have gone on to become community leaders in Long Plain. It was during his term as chief that the land claims process for Long Plain would begin as other reserves in the province got together to discuss the treaties and land claims. During his term as chief of Long Plain the Manitoba Indian Brotherhood held an all Chiefs Conference on July 28, 1977 and Resolution No. 10 was voted on to adopt the Saskatchewan Formula for Treaty Land Entitlement. It was from this period that every Long Plain chief after him would continue the ongoing land claims process to the present.


Councillors
1976-1978
William Myran, Ronald Woods (resigned 7/31/77), Maurice Merrick (resigned 8/8/77)
John Meeches (bi-election 9/19/77), Stanley A. Myran (bi-election 9/19/77)

Chief Ernest Daniels 1978 – 1984

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Ernie Daniels served as chief for Long Plain from 1978 to 1984. On the national level he was the vice chief of the Assembly of First Nations. During his term as chief and to the present he continues to speak on issues concerning land claims and the treaties. In the late 1970s as chief he brought in running water and indoor plumbing to the community. In the 1980s he worked at uniting the Portage bands to strengthen the land claims that they have in common. His work on land claims proved to be successful when he received a letter from Canada in 1982 acknowledging that Long Plain was owed a Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) from 1876. Under his leadership the band received a portion of the TLE amounting to 45 acres which was converted to reserve status and is adjacent to Portage La Prairie. This land is viewed as one of the first urban reserves to be created in modern Canada. Ten years after his term as chief Long Plain would benefit from his work when it received sixteen million dollars in its 1994 TLE. Thirty three years later Long Plain would receive an additional twenty million dollars from his work. It was Ernie Daniels who first initiated Loss of Use as a claim for a TLE.


Councillors
1978-1980
John Meeches, Simon Prince, Lloyd Woods
Ronald Woods (resigned 2/12/79), Andrew Perswain (bi-election 3/6/79)
1980-1982 John Meeches, Simon Prince, Andrew Perswain, George Meeches
1982-1984 John Meeches, George Meeches, James Arthur Hobson, Louie Myran Jr.

Chief Stan Myran 1984 – 1986

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Chief Stan Myran served as a chief of Long Plain for two years in the mid 1980s. While in office as chief of Long Plain he continued with the land claims process from where his predecessor Chief Ernie Daniels left off on the Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE). Stan Myran’s work on the TLE would continue with the next chief after him. His work on the TLE would result with band receiving sixteen million dollars eight years after his term as chief for Long Plain. His contribution in the land claims process continued twenty years later when he sat as a member of the Loss of Use negotiating team from 2006 until 2008. In November of 2008 after two years of negotiations Canada’s lead negotiator would recommend the band’s proposal of the Loss of Use claim. While waiting for whether Canada would accept the band’s proposal a ratification team was formed in the expectation that Canada would accept the band’s proposal. In November 2010 Canada made a formal offer of twenty million dollars to the band. It is with sadness that Stan would pass away in March 2012 . Stan will always be remembered and respected as a leader of the community.


Councillors
1984-1986
John Meeches, Tommy B. Myran, Leslie Myran, Thomas Myran

Chief John Meechas 1986 – 1990

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Chief John Meechas served as councillor or chief for almost twenty years and was a main contributor to the land claims process. As councillor he was involved in one of the band’s first major projects the indoor arena in the late 1970s. His contributions ranged from education to the infrastructure of the community. His most recognizable if not most important contribution from serving his band would have to be his role in the land claims process. He was in council in 1982 when Canada acknowledged the band had a Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) from 1876. Four years later as chief in 1986 he brought in researchers to keep up the momentum of the land claim process and to strengthen the band’s position for the TLE claim. In a span of over fifteen years from the mid 1970s until 1990 as a councillor and chief he prepared the TLE claim in which the band received sixteen million dollars in 1994. Thirty five years later John Meechas continues in the land claims process and is on the Ratification Team for the transfer of the twenty million dollars for the band’s Loss of Use claim. His many years of working on land claims on behalf of his community would bring in nearly forty million dollars.


Councillors
1986-1990
Marvin Daniels, Warren Merrick, Phillip Longclaws, Paul Assiniboine

Chief Peter YellowQuill 1990 – 1996

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Chief Peter YellowQuill worked in administration for the band in the 1970s and 1980s prior to becoming a chief in 1990. Two years after becoming chief he successfully negotiated the Long Plain band’s Treaty Land Entitlement Settlement Agreement (TLE) from 1992 to 1994. In the month of August 1994 the band would receive sixteen million dollars for the TLE shortfall of 1876 when the Portage band separated into three bands. Peter YellowQuill while in office during this period of the band’s TLE also initiated an agricultural farm model in the setting up of a potato farm and cattle ranch for the community. Peter YellowQuill also sat on the executive committee for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs during his tenure of chieftainship for Long Plain. When he sat on the executive committee for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs the organization was working towards more autonomy for reserves by way of self government in 1994. His wife Sheila is the pastor of their congregation in Long Plain and he provides his support as an elder of the church. On issues relating to treaties and the land claims process Peter always provides insight from his knowledge and experience.


Councillors
1990-1994
Dennis Meeches, Mary Perswain, Keith Woods (resigned 5/24/91)
Rosalind Merrick (bi-election 7/19/91), Garnet Meeches (resigned 2/26/93)
Janet Longclaws (bi-election 3/27/93), Janet Longclaws (resigned 8/12/93)
1994-1996 David Meeches, Mary Perswain, Marvin Daniels, Curtis Assiniboine (resigned 5/10/96)

Chief Marvin Daniels 1996 – 1998

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Chief Marvin Daniels began his career as a councillor from 1983 to 1987. He also served as a peace officer for the Dakota Ojibway Police Service. He became councillor again during the band’s successful 1994 Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) claim. Two year later he became chief and spearheaded the Loss of Use claim. He had the more difficult task then the previous TLE claim because Canada did not acknowledge the Loss of Use claim as a valid head of damage for a TLE. The Chief and Council along with the Loss of Use team presented the claim before a panel of the Indian Claims Commission (ICC) to debate with Canada the merits of the claim in the 1997 Loss of Use Inquiry. From Chief Marvin Daniels leadership and preparation in the early stages of the claim the ICC would validate the band’s position on the merits of Loss of Use of a TLE. After fourteen years of debating and negotiating with Canada the band was officially offered twenty million dollars for the claim in November 2010. From Canada’s offer it now comes to light what he has achieved and accomplished in the land claims process on behalf of Long Plain. As a current councillor he continues to be involved in the ongoing land claims for the band.


Councillors
1996-1998 David Meeches, Tony Daniels, Lloyd Lonclaws, Selma Perswain

Chief Dennis Meeches 1998 – 2009

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Chief Dennis Meeches first became a member of the Long Plain band council from 1988 to 1994. Dennis would become the chief of Long Plain for ten years in 1998 until 2009. For a number of years prior to becoming chief Dennis sat as a Trustee of the sixteen million dollars that the band received in its Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) of 1994. As the chief of Long Plain he was the lead negotiator for the Loss of Use claim. He successfully negotiated the Loss of Use claim from 2006 to November 2008. His negotiating skills in the Loss of Use claim on behalf of Long Plain would result in a twenty million dollar offer from the government of Canada. During his term as chief the Long Plain band received many awards from across the country in acknowledgement of the economic growth of the community. Dennis Meeches is not only a community leader he is also an accomplished recording artist and well known throughout the pow wow trail as a dancer, singer and traditionalist. Prior to completing his term as chief he submitted the 1916 Land Surrenders claim.



Councillors

1998-2002 Mary Perswain, Robert Peters, Steve A. Prince, Tony Daniels (resigned 4/27/99)
Marvin Daniels (bi-election 5/31/99)
2002-2004 John Meechas, Ruth Roulette, George Meeches, Marvin Daniels
2004-2006 Ruth Roulette, Marvin Daniels, Robert Peters, Curtis Assiniboine
2006-2009 Marvin Daniels, George Meeches, Jacqueline Daniels, Robert Francis

Chief David Meeches 2009 - 2013

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In the mid 1980s Chief David Meeches began to show leadership qualities when he was employed in the field of justice as a probation officer. These qualities of leadership became more apparent when he became a councillor of the Long Plain band in 1994. During his terms as council member and chief he has been active in the land claims process on behalf of the Long Plain band. He first became involved in the land claims process as a member of council during the band’s successful Treaty Land Entitlement (TLE) in 1994 when the band received sixteen million dollars. He was also in council in the early stages of the Loss of Use claim and helped spearhead the claim for the Loss of Use Inquiry in 1997. For the band the 1997 Loss of Use Inquiry was a success when the Indian Claims Commission went in favour of the band over Canada’s position in 2000. He would once again be a part of the land claims process this time as the band’s current chief for the ratification of the twenty million dollar offer from Canada for the Loss of Use claim. Chief David Meeches remains committed to the land claims process as research into the Five Mile Belt claim and1916 Land Surrenders claim continues.


Councillors
2009-2013
Ruth Roulette, Marvin Daniels, George Meeches, George Assiniboine

Chief Dennis Meeches 2013 - Present