Walter Soboleff, Tlingit spiritual elder, passes away at 102

Walter Soboleff, a Tlingit spiritual leader from Alaska, died on Sunday. He was 102.

Soboleff was born in the Tlingit village of Killisnoo on November 14, 1908. His Tlingit name was Kha'jaq'tii, which means One Slain in Battle.

Soboleff attended boarding school in Alaska and went to college in Oregon and Iowa. After returning home, he was the first Alaska Native to be ordained as a Presbyterian minister.

Soboleff was a major figure in Alaska's civil rights movement. He later served as a director of Sealaska, an Alaska Native regional corporation, and he sat on numerous boards and commissions for the state and for the federal government.

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