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Items taken from Auk Tribe returned to clans

More than 50 items have been repatriated to clans of the Auk Tribe of Alaska after they were taken over 100 years ago.

Some of the items were removed from the grave of Kaawa.Dee, the leader of the Auk Tribe, by a U.S. Navy officer. They ended up in the collection of the American Museum of Natural History in New York.

Other items were taken from different locations at different times. They ended up with the National Museum of the American Indian, the American Museum of Natural History, the Field Museum in Chicago and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.

The Tlingit-Haida Central Council held a ceremony to accept the items.

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Auk relics returned to clans (The Juneau Empire 6/28)

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