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Village moves ahead with lifetime banishment

By Lauren Maxwell 4:02 PM May 9, 2014

Tanana tribal court must convene

ANCHORAGE –

The Tanana tribal government is pushing ahead with a plan to banish two residents from the village for life.

One of the residents is 58-year-old Arvin Kangas. He is the father of 20-year-old Nathanial Kangas, who is accused of killing two Alaska State Troopers.

Tanana Tribal Council members also voted to banish another resident, William Walsh. Council Chairman Curtis Sommer said both Walsh and the elder Kangas held extreme political views about Native rights and that Walsh, in particular, was considered a danger in the village.

“Intolerance is what brought this on,” Sommer said. “From what led up to the circumstances that took two state troopers’ lives. We need to communicate more openly and reinforce the fact that we will no longer accept intolerance in our community.”

Sommer said the next step in the process is to hold a hearing with the tribal court, where witnesses would be allowed to testify. He hoped to schedule that as soon as possible. He said there is still some discussion about who would enforce the ban if it becomes a reality.

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