Chief Roger Thomas

Chief Roger Thomas

By Greg Plain

MUNSEE – The newly-elected Chief of  Munsee-Delaware Nation says responding to needs and concerns expressed by his First Nation’s youth will be a council priority.

“Our Nation’s youth are tired of sitting around waiting for the action of leadership to bring something to the community and I have heard their concerns,” Roger Thomas said following his Aug. 3 byelection win over three other candidates to fill the vacant Chief’s position. “I will be looking to bring these concerns to the table.”

A former Ford autoworker, Thomas served seven years ago as Chief. About 200 of the First Nation’s 600 citizens live on the 2600-acre community bordered by Chippewas of the Thames and the Oneida Nation near London, Ontario.

Chief Thomas  will hold office for seven months until the regular election in May, 2014. He says members of council are looking at what is achievable in the short term, but also at long-term planning to focus on youth and education files.

Recent community achievements have included the launch of Paradise Bingo operations and a new community centre.