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1912: Alaska Natives organize to seek rights

Twelve Alaska Native men and one woman create the Alaska Native Brotherhood to preserve traditions, fight injustices suffered by the Native peoples of Alaska, and campaign for civil rights.

“These men recognized the need for uniting efforts to correct injustices. They were interested in correcting injustices imposed, not only on our people, but on other minorities as well.” —Roy Peratrovich, speaking at the 65th Annual Convention of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Sisterhood in 1977

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Attendees at Alaska Native Brotherhood convention in Sitka, Alaska, 1914

Courtesy Alaska State Library Photograph Collection