Anchorage Paintball Attacks

The Anchorage paintball attacks of January 14, 2001 were a series of pre-meditated and racially motivated drive-by shootings targeted at Alaska Natives in downtown Anchorage that night. These attacks, described by the news media and by Alaska legislators as hate crimes, and by Anchorage mayor George Wuerch as "racism at its worst", sparked a broader debate about race relations in Alaska.

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Anchorage Paintball Attacks - Aftermath
... The incident inspired governor Tony Knowles to appoint a 14-member "Commission on Tolerance" which reported back to him with over 100 recommendations for improving race relations in the state of Alaska ... This list included more new hate crime laws, increased funding for schools in rural villages, and even adding new verses to "Alaska's Flag" (the state song) to recognize contributions of aboriginal natives ...

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