Tanana man sues over banishment

A man accused of promoting violence toward law enforcement wants to return to the village of Tanana after he was exiled.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports William “Bill” Walsh has filed a federal lawsuit attempting to stop the Tanana tribal village government from enforcing its ban. He also calls the tribe’s rational for exile as “libelous statements.”

Walsh and Arvin Kangas were exiled after Kangas’ son, Nathanial, was charged in the shooting deaths of two Alaska State Troopers.

The tribal council exiled Walsh and the elder Kangas for “promoting violence toward law enforcement and other representatives of the state of Alaska.”

Arvin Kangas remains in a Fairbanks jail on charges related to the shooting.