Synopsis by Mark Deming
In 1993, two teenagers from Alaska who were visiting Seattle, Washington attacked and robbed a pizza delivery man; they were found guilty of robbery, and each served a year in jail. However, the two boys were also Native Americans and members of the Tlingit Indian tribe, and at the request of the tribal leaders, they were returned to Alaska to stand trial before the Tlingit tribal elders. The Tlingit judicial council ordered that the two teenagers each be banished to a small island to fend for themselves for twelve to eighteen months. However, Alaska's state courts opted to intervene, and eventually ordered the young men be sent to prison instead. The Eagle and the Raven: A Purification by Banishment is a documentary which examines this unusual case and it's ramification on juvenile justice, as well as the traditions and practices of Native American justice.
Alaska, controversial, criminal, exile, imprisonment, Native-American, punishment, robbery