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Council banishes 2 in village where troopers died

By Associated Press 8:46 AM May 8, 2014
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) –

The tribal government in the village where two Alaska State Troopers were killed has voted to banish two men indirectly connected to the deaths.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner (http://bit.ly/1nsdQpU) reports the Tanana Tribal Council voted unanimously Tuesday to ask Arvin Kangas and William Walsh to leave permanently.

Kangas is the father of 20-year-old Nathanial “Satch” Kangas, who is charged with murder in the May 1 deaths of Sgt. Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich.

Walsh is leader of the Athabascan Nation, a small group that rejects the authority of the Alaska state government.

Tanana Tribal Council chairman Curtis Sommer says the council is holding the older men accountable for rhetoric that “more or less brainwashed” Nathanial Kangas.

The council’s action must be reviewed by the tribal court.

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Information from: Fairbanks (Alaska) Daily News-Miner, http://www.newsminer.com

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