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Sacajawea descendant doesn't like other spellings

A descendant of the Shoshone woman who helped the Lewis and Clark expedition says alternate spellings of Sacajawea's name sound like "a fingernail running down a blackboard," The Great Falls Tribune reports.

Sacajawea's name means "That is her burden" in the Shoshone language, says Rose Ann Abrahamson, the great-great-great-niece of the famous woman.

Abrahamson said Sacajawea didn't enjoy her time among the Hidatsa Tribe of North Dakota, who refer to her as Sakakawea, or "Bird Woman."

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Descendent spreads Shoshone lore, origin of Sacajawea's name (The Great Falls Tribune 6/14)

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