The Federal Court of Canada has ruled the Yellowknives Dene First Nation was wrong in firing former Ndilo Chief Ted Tsetta.
Tsetta was stripped of his powers and pay in June 2012 after he sent a letter to the prime minister's office asking for a forensic audit of the Yellowknives Dene band.
Tsetta alleged corruption and mismanagement of band funds and the funds of band subsidiary Det'on Cho Corporation.
The band said that by sending the letter, Tsetta was acting unilaterally and was risking the reputation of the First Nation.
In its ruling, the court says the band acted beyond its power when it fired Tsetta and that the councillors' reasons for doing so were "insufficient."
The court ordered the band to pay Tsetta just over a year of salary and benefits and his legal costs. There is no word yet on how much that could be.