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Associated Press, Published May 03 2010

Sacajawea statue dedicated in Great Falls, MT

GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A statue of Sacajawea with her baby in a papoose on her back has been dedicated with the burning of ceremonial sweetgrass at the Missouri River Federal Courthouse in Great Falls, Mont.

More than 100 people took part Friday in the ceremony for the 9 1/2-foot statue of the American Indian woman who guided explorers Lewis and Clark on their trip West.

The statue, titled "Arduous Journey," was created by Carol Grende, who died in March 2009.

A fundraising campaign raised $80,000 to buy the statue, which had been previously located at the Great Falls International Airport.


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