Condolences for the family of Anthony Dean Choquette

It is with a heavy heart the Qagan Tayagungin Tribe wishes the family and friends of one of our tribal members, Anthony Dean Choquette, our deepest condolences. While we take the loss of any of our tribal members to heart, the very nature of Mr. Choquette’s passing shocked, hurt, angered, and dismayed many of his family members, friends, and community members. While we can’t know what lead him to his final desperate act, we can strive to remember the good and happy memories we have of him. He was loved by many, and he will be missed. Remember to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you.

We would also like to take this opportunity to address the suicide epidemic in our state. Alaska Natives have the highest suicide rate of all ethnic groups in the United States, a statistic we cannot condone. Every life matters.

If you, or someone you know, are dealing with depression or a mental crisis, there are many options available to help:

  • Alaska Careline – 1-877-266-HELP (4357)
  • National Suicide Prevention line – 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • National Disaster Distress Hotline – 1-800-985-5990

In Sand Point, from 8am to 5pm you can call the Sand Point Clinic at 907-383-3151 and ask to speak to the behavioral health clinician. After hours, you can call 907-386-1227.

In Anchorage, the Alaska Native Medical Center’s emergency room is open 24/7 and can help any Alaska Native or American Indian dealing with a mental crisis or grief. The hospital is located at 4315 Diplomacy Drive. You can reach them by phone at 907-563-2662.

For more information on the Alaska Suicide Prevention Council and suicide in Alaska, visit