SIX NATIONS – HDI lawyer Aaron Detlor and Bill Monture and Wilfred Davey of the Men’s Fire met in court last week for the discovery phase of a suit filed against Detlor.
This is not their first clash with Detlor. Several months ago, he was physically removed from his office at Grand River Education and Training by the Men’s Fire after several attempts to get detailed information regarding the activities and finances of the Haudenosaunee Development Institute. The incident resulted in legal action against two members of the Men’s Fire, yet to be heard in court.
Discovery is when both parties reveal their evidence relative to their cases to one another prior to a court appearance. A number of questions were posed by the Fire and its lawyer James Brown, mainly regarding full disclosure of the agreement between he and the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs Council (HCCC) and a detailed expense account including who is being paid what and why, which Detlor deflected, saying he could not answer without the permission of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy Chiefs. He was asked to seek this permission as one of several undertakings presented which Detlor is obligated to answer.
Detlor’s defense denies any wrongdoing by himself, the HDI or the HCCC, however several requests for detailed information regarding the finances of the HDI have been met with general financial reports without specific details. The Men’s Fire, as residents of Six Nations, have been asking for, as well as details of Detlor’s contract which they believe should be open to the public upon request.
A date has not been set for trial awaiting Detlor to fulfill the undertakings set before him by the court.