74 years ago on February 5th

74 years ago on February 5th

74 years ago on February 5, 1945, the Alaska Territorial legislative gallery in Juneau, Alaska, was so crowded the doors were flung open, and people, Native and non-Native alike, lined the hallway outside. Some stood on chairs to see better. Elizabeth Peratrovich sat in the back, knitting needles clicking while her youngest, little Lorie, fed her the yarn.

Fifty years ago today…

Fifty years ago today…

50 years ago one of Alaska’s greatest civil rights heroes passed away in a little known Christian Science care facility in Seattle. Just as she had prepared herself to fight for equality for Alaska Natives, Elizabeth had steeled herself for a different battle, but this one she could not win.