Tukusngaluĝa, or the Chiefs’ Gathering Place: A Bureaucratic Case History of an Alaska Native Heritage Site in the Aleutian Islands

Rita A. Miraglia


In 1991, Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) ANCSA archaeologists investigated an ANCSA 14(h)(1) application for a Native historical place on the north shore of Amlia Island. Two circular depressions were located and tested. The tests did not produce any cultural material. BIA subsequently certified the site ineligible. The site was reinvestigated by BIA archaeologists in 2001. This paper reports on the results of that reinvestigation, as well as on ways in which politics affect the fate of Alaska Native heritage sites.

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