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Tantaquidgeon, oldest Mohegan, dies at 106

Gladys Tantaquidgeon, the oldest member of the Mohegan Tribe of Connecticut, died on Tuesday morning. She was 106.

Tantaquidgeon was a 10th generation descendant of Chief Uncas. She was known as a keeper of tribal culture who worked to founded one of the first Indian museums in the country and authored books on New England tribes.

Tantaquidgeon was born in 1899, after her tribe had been terminated by the state. She championed the tribe's successful federal recognition bid, which was aided by her research. The tribe went on to open a highly successful casino and has become one of the most prosperous in the United States.

Get the Story:
Matriarch's life leaves huge legacy (The Norwich Bulletin 11/2)
�A Friend To Everybody' Was A Mohegan Legend (The New London Day 11/2)
Keeper Of Mohegan Culture Dies (The Hartford Courant 11/2)
G. Tantaquidgeon, 106, Tribal Elder Helped Preserve Mohegan Traditions (The Los Angeles Times 11/2)
106-year-old Mohegan medicine woman dies (AP 11/2)

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