The Beginning of Our Story

It is hard to introduce a story so specific yet universal, so young, yet so old. It is not enough to say that this is a blog about four young Native men wrongfully convicted of a brutal murder.

It is not enough to say that this blog is about racism or hate, or faith or hope. This is the story of Alaska. Of America. A story of injustice, a plea for help, for understanding, and above all a story of faith in the power of stories, of the truth. Writing this blog is an act of faith, a testimony to the power of the truth, spoken, read. We may not be experts in journalism, in law, or many other things. But the contributors here come from Alaska, from a culture that has a long tradition of storytelling, and a belief that the truth holds incredible power. This is a long story, and we will have to tell it the old way, the slow way, in pieces as they come.

In telling this story we hope to achieve one small justice for four men, but also to contribute to building justice for all Native people. For all people. In the weeks and months to come we will introduce a brutal murder, a shocking investigation, and the stories of heartbreak, determination, and hope from many people that have all sprung from one terrible night.

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17 thoughts on “The Beginning of Our Story

  1. Man, I sure miss them. I was in Arizona, and Colorado with them. I was surprised when I first walked into Red Rock, Marvin said whats up Shane. I was surprised he still remembered me after all these years. I really hated seeing them in that situation. But they sure are positive and strong after all these years. Miss you BRO’s!!!! See you when you get home.

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  3. I hope one day we all can get a long a quit pointing fingures! Isn’t that what we learned growing up? Now we have four innocent Native Men imprisoned, without strong evidence. If you are a lawyer, the person who commited this crime, or just someoone who wants to help. Please read through this blog and remember that without help on the outside, there is no help inside. Thank you to the person who wrote this blog. The place to start with this in in Juneau to get an absolute pardon by Governor Parnell based on new evidence.

  4. to my nephew Eugene! I was so happy and relieve to finally talk to you and hear your voice.I really want justice and freedom for you so that i can see and talk to you when ever i want. I will always know that you are innocent and deserve to be set free now. I will keep praying and praying to see you walk off a plane coming home finally. I love you and always will.call me ! get the number from your bro when you call him.Call me collect anytime you want.

  5. I haven’t read all of this story, but I know that in my hometown there was a terrible miscarriage of justice and a man wrongly convicted, spent 27 years in jail and was recently released mainly because of a book written by Raymond Bonner. The book was Anatomy of Injustice. Maybe he could help.

    • We have a copy, it has been helpful. It is so sad that wrongful convictions occur everywhere. We wish the Fairbanks Four were the only one, but are painfully aware there are many more, most withless support than these men have been blessed with. They all hope to fight wrongful conviction when the are released.

  6. FRee THEM NOW!!!
    Im all for the truth here as well. These men did not deserve to be punished w/o further or a more detailed investigation. If i were the law, i would look into the dude who was the only witness that night. He looked like a lying sack of ish in that chair. And now hes in jail for beating his wife (and God knows who else). put two and two together and ask him questions.
    I will continue to pray for these men and their families.
    AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!!!

  7. It is scary to think that our children could be picked up by the police and charged (and convicted) of a crime they did not commit. No evidence against these guys, just the words of the police.

  8. Announcement for Fred John Jr. and Walk for Tsucde:

    RE: Fairbanks Four

    As I walk along my homelands and enter my corporation headquarters of the Ahtna Region on this awareness walk for Traditional Awareness, I Fred John Jr. would like to take the time to publically announce my support of the Fairbanks Four. As a father and grandfather I have listened to the pleas from these four village boys and their supporters. My heart aches to know 4 young men who are the same ages of my own children sit behind bars of the cruel injustice of the system as their supporters wait for the State of Alaska to recognize their innocent. As a Native American I personally know about injustice and it breaks my heart to see our young people experiencing it. I want to do my part to try and bring awareness to this case.

    I will be dedicating the walk from Chistochina to Gakona to the Fairbanks Four in hopes of justice. Please join me to walk and bring awareness to their case. We need to keep these four men’s story alive in not only our hearts but in the spotlight of Alaska and our nation. We need to demand justice for the Fairbanks Four. Fred states, “You can write up what you think is best, we just walk!” As the family of Katie John we believe if we continue to struggle as one tribe or one village are progress will be slow but when we come together we can do anything!

    Fred John Jr
    Website: walkfortsucde.com
    Facebook page: Walk for Tsucde

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