Ground search at former Institute property on hold


September 23, 2021

The borough is waiting on further guidance from the U.S. Department of the Interior on the agency’s nationwide initiative for researching and even searching the sites of former Bureau of Indian Affairs boarding schools, including the former Wrangell Institute property.

The borough plans to subdivide the property for residential development, turning the 134 acres into 40 building lots.

While waiting on the Interior Department, borough officials are talking with the State Historic Preservation Office and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure that Wrangell fully complies with whatever proce...

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