Story last updated at 2/8/2012 - 11:16 am
SITKA - The Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) will honor the achievements of Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich by observing Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Thursday, Feb. 16.
Outpatient clinics will be closed on Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, but on-call staff will be available to provide emergency assistance. Regular staff will be working at S'áxt' Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital to care for hospitalized patients.
Peratrovich's impassioned testimony before the Alaska Territorial Legislature in 1945 led to the passage of an Anti-Discrimination Bill eliminating the blatant discrimination policies imposed upon the Alaska Natives. Until the bill passed, many Alaska businesses refused to serve Natives and treated them as second-class citizens.
Peratrovich Day was established in 1988 by the Alaska Legislature, which used the anniversary of the signing of the anti-discrimination bill as the established memorial day. Alaskans are encouraged to pause and remember the former Grand Camp President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood and honor her efforts to establish equality and justice for all Alaskans regardless of race, creed and ethnic background.