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Ruth Etta Tantaquidgeon, Mohegan matriarch

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Ruth Etta Tantaquidgeon, one of the two matriarchs of the Mohegan tribe, died Wednesday, a funeral home said. She was 95.

Ms. Tantaquidgeon, along with her sister Gladys, was credited with helping the Mohegan Tribe gain federal recognition.

The sisters were 10th-generation descendants of Uncas, the Mohegan sachem (or chief), who settled at Fort Shantok. Gladys Tantaquidgeon, who is 105, is the last surviving full-blooded Mohegan.

In the early 1990s, Ruth Tantaquidgeon organized a large collection of family memorabilia, which included correspondences and notices of births, funerals, graduations, marriages, military, and tribal records.

The documents proved vital to the tribe's federal recognition effort.

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