Skookum threatens radio station on voice mail

Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation Chief Eddie Skookum left a threatening voice mail at a local radio station after it aired comments critical of his leadership.

Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation Chief Eddie Skookum left a threatening voice mail at a local radio station after it aired comments critical of his leadership.

“In the event of anything coming out, there will probably be some legal ramification against you,” said Skookum in a voice mail left with CHON radio Wednesday morning.

CHON had previously aired comments by Joseph O’Brien, a councillor with the First Nation, who believes Skookum should resign, said Shirley Adamson, CEO of Northern Native Broadcasting, which runs CHON.

Skookum was convicted last week in a Juneau, Alaska court of recklessly endangering his girlfriend in a drunken attack.

“(The voice mail) said Joseph O’Brien was not the official spokesperson and if we continued running stories there would be legal action,” said Adamson.

The station is not worried about being sued, she said.

“We haven’t run a story that is any different from other media,” she said. “If we do get legal action, we’ll deal with that when it happens.”

CHON aired the segment Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The Little Salmon/Carmacks First Nation is planning a special assembly over the fate of Skookum’s leadership, CHON reporter Dan Jones said Wednesday. (James Munson)

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