FROM THE ARCHIVE

Santa brings joy to Gwich'in village

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THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2002

It was Christmas on Tuesday for the youth of Arctic Village, a Gwich'in community right outside the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

The early Santa tradition dates to 1967, when a fire prevented the caribou from going near the village. The Air Force helped out by flying hunters to the herd.

Now, the Air Force and parents of the village cooperate to present a gift to every young child.

Get the Story:
Soldier Santa visits Arctic Village kids (The Anchorage Daily News 12/5)