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Name: Williams, Franklin

Historical Note: Franklin Williams, Sr. (born circa 1928) is a Tlingit Native America Indian from Southeast Alaska. His ancestral family home is from the village of Kake, Alaska and his Tlingit name is Shkane. Williams received his basic education at the Mt. Edgecombe High School near Sitka, Alaska, where he played basketball during the late 1940s. Williams later lived in various communities throughout Southeast Alaska, including Kake, Hoonah, Sitka, and Juneau. Williams served in the US Army during the early 1950s and was primarily stationed in Alaska. From 1977-1980 Williams took courses from University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau. Williams is a long-time Alaska Native Brotherhood camp member, member of the American Legion, was an ANCSA constituent, and a Sealaska Corporation shareholder. Williams and his wife Emma had three children, Frank Jr., Jeff, and Colleen. As of 2008 Williams was living in Juneau.

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