Lecture shares bombardment history, calls for formal reconciliation
November 16, 2023
WRANGELL — In a livestreamed lecture sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute, ethnohistorian Zachary Jones presented on the U.S. military’s 19th century attacks on the Tlingit villages of Kaachxhaan.áak’w, Kéex’ Kwáan and Xutsnoowú Kwáan — present-day Wrangell, Kake and Angoon.
Though the attacks occurred over 150 years ago, their effects are still felt by Tlingit communities today, Jones said, and community leaders are still seeking restitution.
In 1867, the U.S. government paid Russia $7.2 million — less than two cents per acre — for the territory of Alaska and dispatc...