February 12, 2005
Elizabeth Peratrovich made history, along with the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Alaska Native Sisterhood and Alaska's Territorial Governor Ernest Gruening, by successfully advocating for the Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945 in Alaska's Legislature.
Elizabeth and her husband Roy Peratrovich were both Presidents of the Alaska Native Sisterhood and Brotherhood Grand Camps in 1945. At the direction of the ANB/ANS Grand Camp, they lobbied for the Anti-Discrimination Bill, by joining forces with members of all ANB/ANS camps in Alaska, and Territorial Governor Gruening to fight for equality for Native Alaskans. The Anti-Discrimination Bill passed on Feb. 8, 1945, with much credit given to Elizabeth Peratrovich for her eloquent testimony.
Locally, the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood Camps 14 and 15 -- Ketchikan and Saxman - have joined forces with the Ketchikan Indian Community, Organized Village of Saxman, US Forest Service and the local Tlingit & Haida chapter, to co-sponsor a three-day celebration in honor of Alaska's civil rights leader, Elizabeth Peratrovich.
Saturday, February 12 there was an unveiling of a window exhibit on Elizabeth Peratrovich and the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood, at the Plaza Mall main entrance. Refreshments and commemorative pins and ribbons were offered at this unveiling.
There will be a car parade
on, Sunday, February 13, at 1:00 p.m, starting at Gas-At-Last
and ending at Walmart with a hot-dog feed. Everyone is welcome
to join in the car parade and hot dog feed, in honor of Alaska's
civil rights leader, Elizabeth Peratrovich.
All events are free to the
public and everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.
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