William Walsh, age 61, is filing suit in federal court to overturn his exile from an Interior Alaska village of 240 people. The Tanana tribe banned him after two Alaska State Troopers were killed on May 1, 2014. Walsh was the leader of a small group that didn't recognize the state of Alaska's authority. He clashed with the tribal government as well. The Fairbanks Daily News Miner reports Walsh squatted on private and tribal lands, claiming ownership. The tribe said he had been promoting violence against law enforcement, and had "brainwashed" Nathanial Kangas, age 20, who allegedly shot the two troopers.
Alaska's Congressional delegation is pressing for a quick resolution to the nation's seafood standoff with Russia. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich and Rep. Don Young wrote to President Obama Tuesday asking him to pick up the pace of negotiations so Russia will drop its ban on American seafood. Russia imported about $328 million worth of seafood to the United States in 2013, about four times the amount U.S. fishermen sent to Russia that year.
The Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority is holding meetings in villages along the route of a proposed 200-mile road to the Ambler mining district in northwestern Interior Alaska. But villages are raising concerns, and one for-profit village corporation created under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971, has declared use of its land along the route off limits.