March 22, 2012 | Vol. 42, No. 12

CIA settles with Carnahan

Former Chilkoot Indian Association administrator Jim Carnahan said that he has settled his lawsuit against the Haines-based tribe.

Carnahan said his termination in October 2010 violated his employment contract, according to documents filed in December 2010.

The tribe suspended Carnahan in July 2010. Carnahan alleged that he received no explanation for his suspension and that he was the subject of “an almost continual campaign of harassment.”

A settlement offer by Carnahan at the time would pay him $100,000 in severance, moving expenses and attorney’s fees.

Carnahan said he is pleased this has finally come to an end and said he “had been absolved of all wrongdoing.”

Tribal president Harriet Brouillette disagreed with that characterization. She said the tribe did not absolve him of any wrongdoing but decided to settle the case when its attorney’s fees were on the verge of exceeding Carnahan’s settlement offer.

“Paying him off was an easier and less expensive option for us,” Brouillette said. The amount of the final settlement is confidential, Brouillette said.