Indian Point protection advances

The National Park Service is collecting public comments on a proposal to add the X’unaxi cultural and historic site on Auke Cape to the National Register of Historic Places.

The nomination has been in process for more than a decade. In 2004, the Alaska Historical Commission unanimously approved an application from Sealaska Historical Institute to put the site on the federal register. Since then, the application has garnered support from the City and Borough of Juneau and other groups.

According to the application filed with the National Park Service ─ which controls the Register ─ the site encompasses 78 acres. The site is closely associated with key events in the history of the Auk Kwaan, especially the Yaxte Taan L’eineidi clan, according to the application. Dwellings, subsistence sites and burial sites date to 1100 to 1300 A.D.

If the application is approved, it would be the first traditional historic site in the City and Borough of Juneau to be named to the national register.

Auke Cape located past the ferry terminal but before Auke Recreation Area, and separates Auke Nu Cove and Indian Cove.

Anyone with comments on the proposed listing may email Edson_Beall@nps.gov before June 17.

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