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Native leader apologizes for Jewish media remarks

The chief of the Rouseau River Anishinabe First Nation in Manitoba apologized on Monday for linking media coverage of a Native leader's hate crimes trial to Jewish people.

Chief Terrance Nelson said his comments were "hurtful and offensive" to some Jewish people. But he said he would continue to speak out against media coverage that he says is unfair to Natives.

Nelson made his comments during the hate crimes trial of David Ahenakew, a former chief of the Assembly of First Nations and former head of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations. Ahenakew is accused of violating the law by praising Adolf Hilter for the Holocaust and blaming Jewish people for World War II.

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Manitoba chief apologizes to Jews (CBC 4/18)
Chief sorry for letter about Jews (CBC 4/18)
Manitoba chief apologizes to Jews for letter to Winnipeg newspaper (CP 4/18)
Chief sorry but warns (The Winnipeg Sun 4/19)

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