The SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium will observe Elizabeth Peratrovich Day on Feb. 16.
Outpatient clinics will be closed on Feb. 16, for Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, but the clinic will have on-call staff available to provide emergency services at those clinics that offer emergency services. The clinic also will have regular staff working at S’áxt’ Hít Mt. Edgecumbe Hospital to take care of patients who are hospitalized.
It was Peratrovich’s testimony before the Alaska Territorial Legislature in 1945 that led to the passage of an anti-discrimination bill eliminating the 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, using the anniversary date of the bill’s signing in 1945.