. Research reveals errors about Alaska Native designer of state flag « JO LEE MAGAZINE

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAYNew details have emerged about an orphan who was the youngest and only Native designer of a state flag. A recently published paper shows Benny Benson was aged 14, not 13 as previously believed, when he won a 1927 contest for school children to design the Alaska flag. And he was Unangax̂, not Alutiiq. The age error stemmed from a birth certificate issued when he wanted to join the military and gave a birth date that had been assigned to him at the orphanage. Russian Orthodox Church records showed his actual birthdate was a year earlier.


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