Allakaket Tribe Banishes 4 Amid Claims of Meth Use
This is a very controversial issue up here. The small villages, which have extremely limited resources, wind up sending their problems to the big cities. Note that the comments are all over the place. There is no easy solution.
Author: Chris Klint
Alaska Dispatch News
Four people were removed this week from the Interior Alaska village of Allakaket in a series of banishments by tribal government, as reports of meth being given to teens drew fury from parents.
PJ Simon, chief of the Allakaket tribe, announced the banishments in an email that opened with “NO METH IN ALLAKAKET!” following an emergency meeting Tuesday at the Allakaket tribal office.
About four hours after the meeting, men who were at the meeting went to a home and detained the people in question. They were flown to Fairbanks on a Wright Air Service plane, which Simon said was paid for by the Allakaket tribe.
“We heard powerful testimonies from the public: uncles, aunties, parents, grandparents, and younger men of the community,” Simon wrote in the email. “Overwhelmingly we chose to banish the distributors/dealers to protect the communities from more harm. Meth is very destructive and will be not be tolerated in our community, zero tolerance.”
Two nonresidents and two tribal members were kicked out of the village, located on the Koyukuk River roughly 190 miles northwest of Fairbanks, Simon said. including one nonresident who was banished for life. The other three were urged to get drug treatment, with one of the tribal members banished for three years and the other nonresident banished for one year.