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Dec 21, 2020

After Christmas Day 1869 turned into a bloody mess, the United States Army opened fire on the Tlingit village of Ḵaachx̱ an.áakʼw. The bombardment lasted two days, and ended with the first murder trial held by the United States in Alaska.

In Part II of The Christmas Bombardment, we'll look at the days, months, and...


Dec 19, 2020

When William Tamaree was six years old, the US Army fired cannons on his village, Ḵaachx̱ an.áakʼw, kicked off by a drunken party on Christmas Day 1869. He revealed a new version of the story, that unraveled a massive coverup and days of violence. Tamaree’s story forces us to rethink what we know about the...


Oct 24, 2020

In 1923, two respected Tlingit elders in Wrangell were arrested. Charlie Jones was charged with illegal voting and perjury for voting in the 1922 general election. And Tillie Paul Tamaree was accused of inducing him to do it. The arrests were the latest escalation in a long, simmering battle over Alaska...


Sep 26, 2020

A member of a prominent Wrangell family is arrested for murder after an encounter on Cow Alley leaves one man dead. The year is 1921. The trial of Charles Lynch for the murder of Harry Nakamoto features some of Alaska's biggest names. It paints a picture of what life was like in a politically-charged time in Wrangell...


Sep 2, 2020

In our first episode, we look at the life of William King Lear (1832 - 1915). He is best known as the man who owned Fort Wrangel during a gold rush. He defended his claim to own Fort Wrangel for decades, during which time he shaped the Wrangell we know today.