The removal of the chair of the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority is not sitting well with Guy Lonechild, chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
The authority, known as SIGA, oversees six First Nations casinos in Saskatchewan.
The board of directors recently voted to remove the chair, Kirk Goodtrack, after concerns were raised about a potential conflict of interest.
Lonechild, however, says the selection of SIGA's board chair is something for FSIN leadership to determine.
"It isn't within their authority to remove the chairperson," Lonechild told CBC News. "So, it's deeply concerning."
According to Lonechild, the SIGA moves are motivated by other board members who are keen to protect the remuneration they receive for sitting on the board.
Recent annual reports from SIGA show that one board member was paid over $100,000 as a board member.
"To sit on a board like SIGA doesn't require that much time and doesn't merit the kind of resources going towards board remuneration," Lonechild said.
He also noted that most of the 13 board members are First Nations politicians.
He said the SIGA board should follow the recent example of the board of directors for the First Nations University of Canada, which was recently overhauled to have fewer politicians and more professionals.
According to Lonechild, the ousted chair, Goodtrack, was working to implement such changes before he was removed.
The new board chair, Edward Henderson, told CBC News that changing the chairperson was not influenced by politics.