Tanana Chiefs Says DOJ Tracking Fairbanks Four Case

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A member of the Tanana Chiefs Conference Native Justice Task Force says the federal Department of Justice is tracking the case of the Fairbanks Four. That’s the four Alaska Native men who the task force and others say were wrongfully convicted of killing a teenager in Fairbanks in 1997.

“They stated that they’re aware of the case, and they’re monitoring it. And are waiting for a decision to be made. And if that decision warrants their involvement, they’ll take action,” said task force member Shirley Lee. She outlined the status of efforts to get the state to review the case of the Fairbanks Four on Tuesday, during the Tanana Chiefs Conference’s annual convention at the Westmark Hotel.

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Tim Ellis is a reporter at KUAC in Fairbanks.