Neal Charlie, Alaska Native expert on language and culture, passes
Neal Charlie Sr., an Alaska Native elder who was an expert on Athabascan culture and language, died on Saturday. He was 91.

Charlie served as chief of the Minto Tribe in the 1960s and early 1970s. He organized the move of the village to a new site to avoid flooding.

"He was a very well-regarded, very-well respected elder,” Jerry Isaac, the president of Tanana Chiefs Conference, told The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner.

Charlie and his widow, Geraldine Charlie, worked together to document the Lower Tanana dialect of the Athabascan language. The dialect is only spoken in Minto.

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Neal Charlie dies at 91: Minto elder, former chief kept language, culture alive (The Fairbanks Daily News Miner 11/9)