Interesting to read about this development. While our own welfare system's failures are an incredible example of what "free" money does to a society, a more focused example does come from Alaska.
While some there do benefit from the "gift" the truth is that for too many it is detrimental, especially in indigenous communities. For instance, though Alaska is listed as being in the top ten states for gun violence, the truth that people who live there know is that the listing isn't as simple as those who oppose the state's gun laws would have the public believe. They know that the ranking should be broken down to reflect the truth about the population groups and what they do with the yearly "gift" when they can afford to have more free time for drinking a lot.
Truth about the facts goes a long way in helping people connect the dots on how "free" money affects communities. For instance, there is no motivation to maintain "needed" equipment like snowmobiles. Why not run them into the ground and dump them into the pristine rivers when they are destroyed? Why not just buy a new one next year because the "gift" that will be coming their way allows them to be self indulgent?
Peeling back the layers of the problems manifested by "free" money is important business but it takes courage and strength and determination to do it. Most people would rather take the easy route of watching a Disney movie about Pocahontas than face reality.