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Once there, however, the nearly 500 in attendance were pleased to learn their movements weren’t as restricted as previously believed.
“In the 11th hour we have been made aware of statements made by Homeland Security, as well as the Government of Canada, through Indian and Northern Affairs, that the restrictions will not be imposed,” said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip. “First Nations will not be required to have a passport and the Status Cards we carry give us ample access to both countries.”
On the US side of the border, Native Americans can also traverse the border-straddling region they refer to as the Syilx Nation with their Tribal Identification Cards, he added.