The Alaska Native Sisterhood honored Ethel Aanwoogeex’ Lund as a champion for Native health care at a memorial service in Juneau on Friday.
The apology said the Religious Society of Friends ran around 30 schools for Native youth in the U.S., with the intention of forcing Indigenous children to assimilate into white society.
Jessica Kinville-James said it’s important that their kids have the connections to their culture that were severed in the boarding school era.
The plan is to install the bench in front of Harrigan Centennial Hall, where Sitka’s statue of Alexander Baranov once stood.
The Sitka School Board recently decided to send the question of the name change to the Sitka Tribe, in hopes of identifying a “significant local cultural educator.”
For more than 30 years, a bronze statue of Russian colonial administrator Alexander Baranov has stood in front of one of Sitka’s most prominent government buildings. But not for much longer.
Over the years, people have damaged the statue. The current group of protesters is asking the city to relocate it to a less prominent spot and replace it with a more inclusive monument.
The 2020 Native American $1 coin is currently only available online, but Alaskans are advocating for a wider release.
A dozen Alaska Native groups cosigned a letter asking Dunleavy to include money in his proposal for the next state budget, which his administration is scheduled to release on Dec. 15.
The 2020 dollar coin honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich will either have a literal image of the Alaska Native civil rights leader on it, or a Raven holding a key — a symbol of her Tlingit Raven moiety and her role in agitating for an anti-discrimination law.