Bill protecting access to WWII internment site signed into law

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Today, a years-long effort to preserve access to a cemetery at the site of a World War Two internment camp where Unangax people were held reached its culmination as the governor signed House Bill 10 into law.

The measure ensures Alaskans will be able to access the site at Funter Bay in Southeast Alaska in perpetuity by transferring a parcel of land from the Department of Natural Resources Land and Mining Water Division to the Division of Parks and Recreation.

Rep. Sara Hannan (D-Juneau), the bill’s sponsor, said, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. The tireless work of Unangax advocates, and the support from

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