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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Senior giving back to adoptive culture with historical fix-it project


April 12, 2023

Courtesy of Brodie Gardner

Brodie Gardner, left, and Richard Oliver look over the Chief Shakes gravesite, seeing what work needs to be done to repair the fence and stairs. Gardner picked the site as her senior project graduation requirement.

What started out as merely a way to show support for her best friend ended up being a life-changing experience for high school senior Brodie Gardner.

Last June, she was asked by Mia Wiederspohn to go with her to the Sealaska Heritage-organized Celebration in Juneau, which led to Gardner becoming more involved in the Tlingit culture and restoration of the Chief Shakes gravesite on Case Avenue.

"I went to Celebration with Virginia (Oliver), and I'm not part of her Tlingit class but my best friend Mia has a big role there," Gardner said. "She said, 'Please go so I can have a buddy.' I did and...

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