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From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon1/23/08 7:20 PM 
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 2371.1 
Marie Smith Jones, last Eyak speaker, dies at 89
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Filed Under: National

Marie Smith Jones, the last known speaker of Eyak, died on Monday. She was 89.

Jones was known as a strong advocate for Native rights. Though she dropped out of school in the fourth grade, she fought to protect natural resources, for the repatriation of ancestors and for indigenous rights on the international level.

"My mom had more spunk," daughter Bernice Galloway told The Anchorage Daily News. "And don't get in her way when she makes up her mind about something."

Jones became the last fluent speaker when her sister died in 1992.

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From: Coconut Queen (JEANNE2469) DelphiPlus Member Icon1/24/08 1:06 AM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (2 of 6) 
 2371.2 in reply to 2371.1 

This is a quote from the article:

She once told a writer from The New Yorker who knocked on her door to buzz off. She reconsidered when the fresh halibut brought as tribute wouldn't fit in her mailbox, leaving her no choice but to open the door.

This is a woman after my own heart!

 

Aloha, Jeanne

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From: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon1/24/08 1:18 PM 
To: Coconut Queen (JEANNE2469) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 6) 
 2371.3 in reply to 2371.2 

I'll remember that if I ever make it the Island for a visit...lol.
No stale fish for Jeanne.

Tim

 

 
From: Coconut Queen (JEANNE2469) DelphiPlus Member Icon1/24/08 10:57 PM 
To: Cherokee21 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 6) 
 2371.4 in reply to 2371.3 

That's right.  No stale fish for me!

I like that lady's spunk, too; I can just imagine her telling the guy to "buzz off!"

 

Aloha, Jeanne

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From: ctj20101/25/08 1:33 PM 
To: Coconut Queen (JEANNE2469) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 6) 
 2371.5 in reply to 2371.2 

Good afternoon,   Jeanne...

And the lady you're writing about reminds me of my own granny:

She didn't put up with anybody's crap either!

A particular youngin I know as well as the face looking back from the bathroom mirror in the morning  found that out the hard way too!

Duh...

(Smile)...

Lastly:

My codolences to the family and friends at their recent loss and one hopes all is not lost as regards preserving that part of their legacy etc.

Take care....

Later...

Peace...

 

 
From: Coconut Queen (JEANNE2469) DelphiPlus Member Icon1/25/08 10:54 PM 
To: ctj2010  (6 of 6) 
 2371.6 in reply to 2371.5 

She sounds like she was a neat lady.

 

Aloha, Jeanne

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