More than 75 years after the Native people of Attu Island were taken captive, their descendants are working on a way to return home. Attu is the westernmost island in the Alaskan Aleutian chain. It was the also the site of the only World War II battle on U.S. soil in 1942. Japanese soldiers took the 44 residents as prisoners. Half of them died. After the ordeal the U.S. Government prevented the remainder from returning home. Now descendants from the island residents are working on ways to regularly return to their homeland.
Zoe Sobel – Reporter with KUCB
Helena Schmitz – Attu descendant
Theresa Deal (Aleut) – Descendant
Crystal Dushkin (Unangax) – Mayor of Atka
Break 1 Music: We Danced Movement I (song) Cris Derksen (artist) The Cusp (the album)
Break 2 Music: Rainbow Dance Song (song) Fernando Cellicion, Alton Nastacio, Florentine Johnson (artist) Music of New Mexico: Native American Traditions (album)