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Eriksmoen: Much of Sakakawea’s life remains mystery

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Sakakawea is the most memorialized woman in American history. Yet, we know very little about her after her 18th birthday.

In fact, the year of her reported death varies by more than 70 years. The most attributed date placed her death in 1812, but there are many who steadfastly state that she lived to the ripe old age of 100, dying in 1884.


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