Aug. 17, 2015

Civil rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich nominated to be on new $10 bill

By Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska

The Walker-Mallott administration has nominated Tlingit civil-rights leader Elizabeth Peratrovich to be on the new $10 bill.

The U.S. Treasury is collecting nominations of women who were champions for democracy to put on the redesigned note. The governor and lieutenant governor say Peratrovich fits the description well. 

Walker Press Secretary Katie Marquette says Peratrovich is an obvious nominee.

In 2009, Quinahagak villagers noticed an eroding shoreline was uncovering arrowheads, and contacted the University of Aberdeen in Scotland. Now, an archeological dig is revealing bows and arrowheads, armor made of antlers, ash, and skeletal remains -- evidence of the "bow and arrows" wars of Yup'ik folklore. Roofs were "riddled" with arrowpoints, evidence of a battle. Elders call the site Arilik, which means "lots of ash" in Yup'ik.