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Woman wins 32-year fight for Indian status; argued rules were discriminatory

Lynn Gehl, Christa Big Canoe
Lynn Gehl (left) and her lawyer Christa Big Canoe have been fighting for decades to gain Indian status for Gehl. Both Gehl’s grandmother and father have status, but Gehl was denied because she does not know the identity of one of her grandfathers.

A woman’s decades-long quest for recognition as an Indian ended in victory Thursday, when Ontario’s top court ruled she should be granted status, something the federal government had steadfastly denied her because she didn’t know who her paternal grandfather was.

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