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By Dan Rudy 

WCA dedicates new cultural facility

 

Vincent Balansag / Submitted Photo

Propelled by daughter Sandra Byrd and accompanied by Apryl Hutchinson, Wrangell elder Marge Byrd leads a procession of people around the Wrangell Cooperative Association cultural center for a cedar-bough blessing of the new facility during Saturday's dedication.

A good-sized crowd of over 100 people attended the dedication ceremony for the Wrangell Cooperative Association's new cultural center on Saturday.

After a welcoming performance by the Shxat Kwaan Dancers, the building was consecrated by Rev. Wilson Valentine of St. Philip's Episcopal Church and cleansed with a traditional placement of cedar boughs by community members.

"This is over a decade in the making," said Aaron Angerman, WCA tribal

administrator. He expressed the Tribe's thanks for those who made the project happen. This included financial donors such as M.J. Murdoch Charitable Trus...



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