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McLeod Lake defamation suit settled
A defamation lawsuit by two elected officials of the McLeod Lake Indian Band against a member of the band, Verne Solonas, has been settled.
The lawsuit was settled at the courthouse Wednesday, August 28, just before the case was called for its final resolution.
Verne Solonas has apologized to both Chief Derek Orr and Councillor Jenine Solonas. Solonas acknowledges that each of his accusations were false. He says he regrets them. By way of reparation, he is making a donation to the Youth and to the Substance Abuse budgets of the band. He has “belatedly come to recognize that it is important that the elected leadership ... not be subjected to false and irresponsible attack without foundation.”
His charges received broad publication through the media which harmed the band and its members.
“It is good to get this resolved, so that we can concentrate on our community,” said Orr.
The settlement included a consent injunction prohibiting repetition of the charges by Verne Solonas.