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First Nations chief dies in canoe journey accident

Jerry Jack, the chief of the Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation of British Columbia was killed on Wednesday when the canoe he was riding in overturned.

Jack, 55, and five other tribal members were taking part in the annual InterTribal Canoe Journey. They were paddling in the Strait of Juan de Fuca when their canoe overturned.

The U.S. Coast Guard responded and found Jack dead and three other passengers injured. The other two didn't require medical attention.

More than 70 canoes have been taking part in the journey, which is being hosted by the Muckleshoot Tribe in Washington.

Get the Story:
Tribal canoe capsizes; 1 killed (The Peninsula Daily News 7/27)
Indian chief dies when canoe overturns (AP 7/27)

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Paddle Journey -

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