Racism in Fairbanks: “The Pedophiles’ Paradise”

Videos and Letters Expose the Bishop of Fairbanks’ Dirty Fingerprints. He knew kids were being raped and he covered it up.

Or: Father Jim Poole, The Great Lover of the World (his words, not mine)

There’s more to the story of Fr. Jim Poole, SJ, subject of my last post.

Seattle’s weekly paper, The Stranger (click here to read), wrote a gripping story about Rachel Mike and other victims of sexual abuse in the Diocese of Fairbanks. The story outlines how dozens of child rapists were sent to Fairbanks to “Get them off the grid” and fill jobs where these men could rape hundreds of Alaska Native kids.

Rachel Mike was one of the kids.

Born in St. Michael (click to read William Lobdell’s LA Times story about the village), Rachel, a Yup’ik Eskimo, grew up in abject poverty with alcoholic parents.  She often suffered from the effects of starvation. By fifteen, she had tried to kill herself three times. Poole sank his claws into her after her second attempt. She was 14.

He started raping her.  Soon, she had gonorrhea and was pregnant.

What did Poole do when he discovered that she was carrying his child?  He had a plan: he told the starving child to say that her father raped her.  So she did.

Her father went to jail.  He died before she was able to tell him the truth.  When Rachel came forward in 2004 to name Poole as her abuser, the Diocese of Fairbanks tried to get the case thrown out on the statute of limitations – they weren’t saying that she was lying, they said that she came forward too late.

There was too much proof that Poole was a monster for them to deny Rachel’s story.

The Proof:

— Poole had already been sent to a “Perp Camp” in New Mexico.  We have the video of him talking about it – and he tells us that he was “the great lover of the world” (click here to watch).

— Around the same time in 1986, another victim was coming forward to complain about Poole. What did Fairbanks Bishop Kaniecki say? “Tried to cover all based, yet not admit anything … Nip this mess in the bud.” (Click here to read)

— In 1998, Fairbanks Bishop Kaniecki was actively working to erase the memory of Jim Poole by making sure that old KNOM tapes of Poole (used for fundraising) were never played.  He was afraid that Poole’s white victims would hear the tapes and come forward and report.  According to Kaneicki, white victims coming forward would be “the straw that broke the camel’s back,” and they would see lawsuits and scandal. (Click here to read).  (The letter also throws Seattle University President Fr. Steven Sundborg SJ under the bus)


— We have proof that Poole and dozens of other men molested Alaska Native kids,

— We have proof that the Diocese of Fairbanks knew about it,

— We have proof the Diocese of Fairbanks dumped perps in the Alaska Native Villages,

— We have proof that the Diocese of Fairbanks tried to cover it up,

— We have proof that the Diocese of Fairbanks lied about abuse to victims when they came forward, and

— We have proof that the Diocese of Fairbanks is racist …

So, what is the Diocese going to do about it?  They seem to think that offering $5500 to victims will take care of it.

I don’t agree.

Published in: on November 12, 2009 at 4:10 pm  Comments (6)  

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  1. Does Fr. James Pool still live in Spokane

    • As far as I know, Fr. Poole still lives on the Gonzaga University campus.

  2. Yes, to each Victim from the Diocese of Fairbanks, $5,500…..And then give $1,000,000 Plus Per Victim from the Vatican City State. For the Vatican, and most especially for this Pope, to continue to pretend that they had nothing to do with the Sexual Butchery of the Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults of Our Church, merely by the aid they gave their perverted clergy, is an insult to every Victim, not to mention every Roman Catholic on earth. How can these men operating at the highest levels of the Roman Catholic Church continue to pretend that they were innocent bystanders to the largest mass sexual victimization of children in the history of the world?

  3. It’s not my church..
    I don’t want it or to be associated with it.
    I do want the teachings of Christ to be honored.
    Remember christ with his whip screaming “you hypocrits” “you brood of vipers” on the steps of the temple to the authorities of his day
    This is a major rerun of that scene.
    Am tired of it and hope there is a new chapter in this drama.
    Jesus came to bring new life, to set the captives free to be new creations in Christ..
    Obviously the roman catholic church has not subscribed to him..
    It seems to me that like in canada with indigenous victims of church and state, american natives are getting a few crumbs out of a huge pot.. and that is not fair that’s revcitimization

  4. I can provide an address and other information for James Poole but not to be posted

  5. The Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation is a newly formed nonprofit with a mission to help heal and support adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse worldwide. We are actively seeking adult survivors who would be willing to post a childhood photo and caption, their story, or their creative expressions to our website http://www.letgoletpeacecomein.org. By uniting survivors from across the globe we can help provide a stronger and more powerful voice to those survivors who have not yet found the courage to speak out. Together we can; together we should; together we NEED to stand up and be counted. Please visit our site for more details on how you can send us your submissions.

    Thank you for everything you do!

    Gretchen Paules
    Administrative Director
    Let Go…Let Peace Come In Foundation
    111 Presidential Blvd., Suite 212
    Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

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