By Riley Rogerson
Anchorage Daily News 

Tlingit totem pole dedicated in Murkowski's D.C. office


Riley Rogerson/Anchorage Daily News

From left, in front of the totem, Joe Nelson, Camaleeda Estrada and Ricardo Worl perform a song to celebrate a totem pole dedication in Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's Washington office on Feb. 28. The senator is in the back, to the left of the totem.

WASHINGTON - Tlingit leaders dedicated a storied totem pole in Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski's office on Feb. 28.

The 10-foot tall, 900-pound totem pole, which is on loan from the Sealaska Heritage Institute, has a long history on Capitol Hill. The totem pole once stood in the late Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens' office. When Stevens left Congress, the totem pole journeyed to Alaska Rep. Don Young's office. When Young died last year, the totem pole traversed Capitol grounds back to Stevens' old office, now occupied by Murkowski.

At the ceremony, leaders explained that the pole, created by artist Nath...

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