U.S. Navy will apologize for deadly 1882 attack on Angoon

An apology for the bombardment that destroyed Angoon in 1882 will be offered by the U.S. Navy, Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski said while appearing with a dance group from the Tlingit village at Celebration in Juneau on Friday.

The attack burned the village, leaving few structures intact, resulting in the death of at least six children and "countless" more due to its impact during the winter, according to the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Historical narratives by Natives in Angoon and the Navy differ, but both agree the attack followed the death of a Native on a whaling ship that resulted in village...

 

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