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Alaska lawmakers advance bill to protect cemetery

FILE - This April 2, 2012, file photo shows the front entrance of the Alaska state Capitol building in Juneau, Alaska. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer, File)

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska House of Representatives has advanced a bill that would protect an Alaska Native cemetery at Funter Bay and add about 251 acres of state land. KTOO Public Media reported Friday that the Unangax cemetery holds more than 30 graves of people from the state who died at Funter Bay during World War II after the U.S. military forced them from their homes and held them for much of the war at the remote spot. Most of the people who died at Funter Bay were elders or young children who were left without clean water or basic medical care more than a thousand miles from their houses.


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