Triplicate Staff

Ada Charles, described by her family as the oldest of the Yurok tribal elders, died Thursday at the age of 103.

A basket-weaver and fluent speaker of the Yurok language, she lived almost all of her long life in Del Norte, growing up in Klamath when it was a booming river town.

Read an article written about her on her 100th birthday, "Where are my people?" by going to and clicking on "Ada Charles."