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A Native Alaskan Remembers His Tlingit Village Up In Smoke

John Morris remembers the spot where his house once stood. (Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)
John Morris remembers the spot where his house once stood. (Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)

More than 50 years ago, a native village in Douglas, Alaska, was set ablaze to make way for a new harbor. The Tlingit T’aaku Kwaan people who lived in the Douglas Indian Village were promised their village would be relocated, but the village was never rebuilt.

John Morris is 75 years old and a tribal leader. He’s one of the last living members of the tribe to witness the burning of the village in 1962. He spoke with reporter Elizabeth Jenkins of Here & Now contributing station KTOO in Juneau.

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