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Coast Guard member scrutinized for Facebook post

By Associated Press 1:38 PM March 21, 2014

Petty Officer Brandon Upchurch was among people on the Facebook site who were sharing opinions about Kodiak Native groups closing their private land to public use.

KODIAK, Alaska (AP) – A Kodiak-based Coast Guard member is under scrutiny after he posted derogatory remarks about Alaska Natives on a Facebook page.

KMXT (http://is.gd/SnlmoN ) Coast Guard officials say Petty Officer Brandon Upchurch’s comments on the “Friends of Kodiak” page are being taken seriously and possible actions are being considered.

Upchurch was among people on the Facebook site who were sharing opinions about Kodiak Native groups closing their private land to public use.

In his Wednesday posting, Upchurch said he will still go to Native land to camp and have fires. He went on to say Natives “live like a bunch of bums with trash everywhere. You think that the billions they get from the U.S. Government, they would live like kings.”

Upchurch could not immediately be reached for comment Friday.

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