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Anthony Aronica

Attorney, Yakama Nation Office of Legal Counsel in Ellensburg

History Made Personal

PRESENTED ON OCT 19, 2018
IN ELLENSBURG @ VOL 15

Anthony Aronica personalizes the land of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation with stories of fishing with his father and of his grandmother's love.

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