Slideshow | Walter Soboleff Center groundbreaking

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Ross Soboleff, one of the three sons of Dr. Walter Soboleff, is greeted during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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The Walter Soboleff Center Groundbreaking Ceremony is held Thursday at the corner of Front and Seward Streets. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Dr. Rosita Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, arrives in her Tlingit regalia at the Walter Soboleff Center groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Spectators line up to watch and photograph the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Walter Soboleff, Jr., left, and Sasha Soboleff, two of the three sons of Dr. Walter Soboleff pose for a picture before the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Byron Mallott, Chair of the Sealaska Heritage Institute's Capital Campaign Committee, speaks at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Albert Kookesh, Chair of the Sealaska Board of Directors, welcomes Mayor merrill Sanford to the stage during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Sasha Soboleff, one of the three sons of Dr. Walter Soboleff, greets dignitaries during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Byron Mallott, Chair of the Sealaska Heritage Institute's Capital Campaign Committee, introduces Gov. Sean Parnell and his wife, Sandy, to the stage at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Byron Mallott, Chair of the Sealaska Heritage Institute's Capital Campaign Committee, center, and Gov. Sean Parnell listen to First Lady Sandy Parnell speak during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Sasha Soboleff, left, Ross Soboleff, center, and Walter Soboleff, Jr. give thanks for their father being honored during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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The cornor lot at Front and Seward Streets is the site of the future home of the Walter Soboleff Center. A groundbreaking ceremony for the 0 million cultural center was held on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Gov. Sean Parnell, left, Marlene Johnson, Chair of the Sealaska Heritage Institute Board of Trustees, Chris E. McNeil, CEO and President of Sealaska, and Mayor Merrill Sanford turn the first shovels of ceremonial dirt for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Dr. Rosita Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, gives her comments at the Walter Soboleff Center groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Eagle Clan leader David Katzeek, left, Paul Marks, center, of the Raven Clan, and Dr. Rosita Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, take part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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A photograph of Dr. Walter Soboleff on display at the groundbreaking ceremony for the cultural center that will bear his name. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Spectators line up to watch and photograph the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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The Yees Ku Oo Dance Group (New Beginnings, New People) perform during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Eagle Clan leader David Katzeek, left, gives a welcoming response to Paul Marks, right, of the Raven Clan as Dr. Rosita Worl, president of the Sealaska Heritage Institute, oversees the cultural part of the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Chris E. McNeil, CEO and President of Sealaska, speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Rep. Cathy Mu–oz speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Assembly members Karen Crane, left, Mary Becker, Loren Jones and Randy Wanamaker pose with groundbreaking shovels during a ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Assembly members Jerry Nankervis, left, Carlton Smith, Johan Dybdahl and Jesse Kiehl pose with groundbreaking shovels during a ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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The Yees Ku Oo Dance Group (New Beginnings, New People) perform during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Gov. Sean Parnell watches the Yees Ku Oo Dance Group (New Beginnings, New People) perform during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday.
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The Yees Ku Oo Dance Group (New Beginnings, New People) perform during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Cecelia Unick of the Yees Ku Oo Dance Group (New Beginnings, New People) perform during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Spectators watch and photograph the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Juneau Assembly Member Randy Wanamaker came prepared with his hard hat and camera phone during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Nancy Barnes of the Yees Ku Oo Dance Group (New Beginnings, New People) performs during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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The Yees Ku Oo Dance Group (New Beginnings, New People) and community members dance in front of a model of the Walter Soboleff Center during a groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Walter Soboleff Center groundbreaking ceremony. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire
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Former President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood Selina Everson gives her comments with the help of escorts during the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empir
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Walter Soboleff Jr. dances with the Yees Ku Oo Dance Group (New Beginnings, New People) during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Walter Soboleff Center on Thursday. Michael Penn | Juneau Empire

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