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Illustration: Her final journeySometime between 1825 and 1828, Clark compiled a list of expedition members. After their names, he recorded whether they were still living. After Sacajawea´s name, he wrote "dead."
The Lemhis, along with some of the nation´s foremost scholars, accept Luttig´s and Clark´s reports. They say Clark was closer to her than anyone else on the expedition except her husband and son, that he was in contact with Jean Baptiste and in a better position than almost anyone to know Sacajawea´s fate.
Photo: Lucille Pohipe Eldridge Photo: Lemhi Speak Text "We went to her grave in South Dakota. The Hunkpapas had heard her sprit crying and told us where she's buried. We had a ceremony there and prayed for her spirit to go to the spirit world and not stay and wait for her people. It worked. One of the Hunkpapas came to the Sacajawea center in Salmon and said that ever since then nobody has heard her spirit crying again."  Lucille Pohipe Eldridge Photo: Rod Ariwite Photo: Lemhi Speak Text "When Pomp came through this area, he met some Shoshoni Paiutes and told them he was a salmon eater and that his mother died in South Dakota. That's in our oral history."  Rod Ariwite If she had lived to be old, as some maintain, Sacajawea would have had decades to realize her dream of returning to her Idaho homeland. There is nothing in the tribe´s oral history to indicate that she was ever seen there again after the Lewis and Clark expedition.
There is Lemhi oral history, however, regarding the place of her death. Consistent with the report of an early death at Fort Manuel, it attributes to Jean Baptiste statements that his mother died in South Dakota.
Charbonneau had several more wives, each a fraction of his age. He lived to be well into his 80s.
Almost two centuries after the Lewis and Clark expedition, in November 2001, a group of Hunkpapa Indians asked some Lemhis to go to South Dakota for a traditional ceremony at what they believe to be Sacajawea´s grave. The Hunkpapas told them they´d heard Sacajawea´s spirit crying and wanted her people to set it free.
They don´t give the exact location, citing concerns that the grave would be desecrated.
The general location is Fort Manuel.
Eagles were circling high overhead, a propitious sign in Indian culture. Some of those taking part in the ceremony said they felt Sacajawea´s fingers running through their hair and experienced a feeling of peace.

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