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By Marc Lutz
Wrangell Sentinel 

Funds will aid in carving new totems, repairing old ones


Marc Lutz/Wrangell Sentinel

Edward Rilatos, president of the WCA tribal council, left, smiles and jokes with Sue Stevens after accepting a $20,000 check from Stevens, who is president of the Wrangell Tlingit and Haida Community Council. The money will go toward WCA's project to repair and also carve new totem poles for display in town. Lynn Allen, right, and other members of both councils attended the event at Chief Shakes Island last Saturday.

Many of Wrangell's totems have fallen into disrepair and need rehab work or replacement.

Thanks to a $20,000 donation from the Wrangell Tlingit and Haida Community Council, the Wrangell Cooperative Association tribal council will be able to move forward with plans to carve two new totems while repairing older ones.

Last Saturday, Sue Stevens, president of the WTHCC, presented Edward Rilatos, WCA tribal council president, with a check that will go toward the work. The funds came through a grant from the federal American Rescue Plan Act to the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribe...

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