ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Marie Smith Jones, who worked to preserve her heritage as the last full-blooded member of Alaska's Eyak Indians and the last fluent speaker of their native language, has died. She was 89.
Jones died in her sleep Monday at her home in Anchorage. She was found by a friend, said daughter Bernice Galloway, who lives in Albuquerque, N.M.
"To the best of our knowledge she was the last full-blooded Eyak alive," Galloway said Tuesday.