Yurok Tribal Chairman Resigns After Story Breaks About His Role in the Death of His Infant Daughter
According to an article in the San Jose Mercury News, Dunlap was arrested for stabbing his infant daughter to death. The September 13, 1988 article begins,
A Humboldt County man is in custody in San Mateo after allegedly killing his 3-month-old daughter “to set her free for God.”
San Mateo police said they arrived at a house where the family was staying Friday just as James Dunlap, 30, of Hoopa was lifting the girl over his head and yelling out that he had sacrificed her to God.The girl, Brittaney, had been stabbed with a buck knife in her crib, police said.
The article says that police suspected Dunlap of being under the influence of methamphetamine at the time. According to the North Coast News, he was “charged with 2nd degree murder in San Mateo County and according to the San Mateo Superior Court clerk, he was sentenced in April of 1993 to 15 years to life in prison.”
Dunlap, according to his 2012 statement while running for tribal office, has been living in the local area since 1998 even though he grew up in the Bay area. At that time he said he was Chairman of the Board of Directors for Drug & Alcohol Detox & Treatment Services and had been President of the All Indian Boarding Schools Association from 2001 until 2006. He also said he had run a successful contracting business for 13 years.