Borough plans careful look at Institute grounds

Search intended to ensure no burial or cultural sites

The borough’s plans to subdivide the former Wrangell Institute Native boarding school property will wait until a thorough inspection of the site is conducted for cultural artifacts and remains.

“We are working with both the Army Corps of Engineers and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and working with the tribe (Wrangell Cooperative Association),” to ensure the property is searched “before any activity takes place,” Mayor Steve Prysunka said last week.

“It is incredibly sensitive that we do it really well,” Prysunka said. “What I care the most about is that our Native community and our entire comm...


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