‘We are Aleuts. Let the people know.’

US Fish and Wildlife Service joins commemoration of the Aleut evacuation and internment

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June 14, 2017 Evacuation Day prayers at the East Landing memorial Photos: USFWS/Lisa Hupp
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Aquilina Lestenkof leads the procession in Unungan song from the village to East Landing. Photo: USFWS/Lisa Hupp
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After prayer, an elder places a flower in the ocean in remembrance of those evacuated. Photo: USFWS/Lisa Hupp
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Lestenkof holds a bag with her belongings that she symbolically carried to East Landing on Evacuation Day Photo: USFWS/Lisa Hupp
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Tribal President, Amos Philemonof, holds stones carried from Funter Bay to be placed with the memorial at East Landing. Photo: Lisa Hupp/USFWS
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USFWS Acting Director Jim Kurth and Greg Fratis, Sr. embrace, and USFWS Alaska Director Greg Siekaniec gives a warm handshake to 90 year old internment survivor Haretina Krukoff following the agency’s apology Photos: USFWS/Lisa Hupp
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Unungan dancers perform songs revived after they had been lost to interference by outsiders Photos: USFWS/Lisa Hupp
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Play ball, St. Paul! Greg Fratis, Sr. watches the first game of the annual tournament. Photos: USFWS/Lisa Hupp

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