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Alaska Inmates, Families Share at Hudson, Colo. Potlatch

Approximately 25 Alaskan family members participated in an annual Potlatch ceremony held by inmates within the confines of Hudson Correctional Facility in Colorado on September 24. Over 200 inmates participated and were joined by 63 family members in all. Opening Ceremony was held at 9 am with performances by Inupiaq drummers and later games and meals. Guest speakers included Anne Frank and Rev. Shirley Lee of Fairbanks and Deputy Commissioner Carmen Gutierrez. The traditional ceremony is held annually at a number of facilities holding Alaska prisoners.