Hundreds mourn Makah leader's death in Neah Bay

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010

NEAH BAY, Wash. - Nearly 1,000 people mourned the death of Edward Eugene Claplanhoo, a leader of the Makah Indian Nation who left his mark on the tribe.

Claplanhoo died of a heart attack March 14 at the age of 81. Under his leadership, he helped create the Makah Cultural and Research Center in Neah Bay after the Ozette village was uncovered during a dig.

Gov. Chris Gregoire said Claplanhoo was an accomplished leader and a mentor to many in the Makay community.



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