Southeast cemetery bill awaits governor's signature
June 3, 2021
JUNEAU (AP) - A bill that protects the graves of Unangax people in Southeast Alaska awaits a signature from Gov. Mike Dunleavy after both chambers of the Alaska Legislature approved the measure.
The Unangax cemetery holds more than 30 graves of people who died at Funter Bay during World War II. They were relocated to two internment camps there from the Aleutian Islands by U.S. forces after the Japanese military invaded.
They spent much of the war at the remote spot on the western side of Admiralty Island, about 20 miles west of Juneau, and, more than 1,000 miles from their homes in the Aleu...