Elizabeth Peratrovich

If you ask many Alaskans, the name Elizabeth Peratrovich isn't familiar. Still, the state has honored her with a holiday every Feb. 16 since 1989. In special coverage by Alaska Newspapers Inc., the meaning of Peratrovich's civil rights accomplishments, which predated similar efforts in the Lower 48 by decades, are given the spotlight. 

A civil rights pioneer continues through the art of her son

Posted on February 11th, 2010

Roy Peratrovich Jr. was just 10 years old when his mother, Elizabeth Peratrovich, famously spoke to the Alaska Territorial Legislature in 1945. It was her testimony that is credited for spearheading the passage of the state's Anti-Discrimination Act, the first of its kind in the United States.

Film does justice to Peratrovich legacy

Posted on February 11th, 2010

What does Feb. 16 mean to you? To most Alaskans, Elizabeth Peratrovich Day comes and goes like the middle of the week. Maybe it's because most people don't get that day off work. Maybe it's because her name doesn't ring a bell.

Changing course through Alaska Native Brotherhood, Sisterhood

Posted on February 11th, 2010

The Alaska Native Brotherhood was founded in 1912 by about a dozen Tlingit, Tsimshian and Haida men in Sitka with the goal to fight discrimination against Alaska Natives and get their rights recognized and to gain compensation for lands. A counterpart organization, the Alaska Native Sisterhood, was created to aid the ANB.

Youthful perspectives on Peratrovich

Posted on February 11th, 2010

Tunnel Vision

Peratrovich facts

Posted on February 11th, 2010

Alaska passed its own civil rights legislation two decades earlier than the country as a whole passed similar legislation, the first state to pass such a law since Civil War times.

Raven Woman Takes Flight

Posted on February 11th, 2010

Following is a poem by Reta Lorraine Bowen Taylor that is dedicated to Elizabeth Peratrovich. It was written in 2007.

Gold medal for the Peratroviches

Posted on February 11th, 2010

Editor's note: Following is a speech by Sen. Lisa Murkowski on Oct. 6, 2004, on behalf of Senate bill 2900:


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