Story last updated at 2/11/2009 - 11:38 am
SITKA - The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium (SEARHC) will honor the achievements of Alaska Native civil rights leader Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich by closing its clinics on Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Monday, Feb. 16.
It was Peratrovich's impassioned testimony before the Alaska Territorial Legislature in 1945 that led to the passage of an Anti-Discrimination Bill eliminating the blatant discrimination policies faced by Alaska Natives. Until the bill passed, many Alaska businesses wouldn't serve Natives and treated Natives as second-class citizens. In 1988, the Alaska Legislature established Feb. 16 as Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, the anniversary date of the bill's signing in 1945.
Though outpatient clinics will be closed Monday, on-call staff will be available to provide emergency services.