Dick Hanscom submitted this press release on behalf of the Fairbanks Coin Club. Thanks for the update! See the November 2019 article linked below for more background. -Editor
In January 2019, the Fairbanks Coin Club contacted the members of the Alaska State Legislature promoting the release of the Elizbeth Peratrovich dollar coin to circulation in Alaska. In the
spring, local 4H leaders traveled to Juneau with a group of 4h'ers as part of the 4H Youth in Government program. They lobbied all 60 legislators for a resolution calling for the release of the
Peratrovich dollar to circulation in Alaska. They also met with Paulette Mareno, Grand President of the Alaska Native Sisterhood, who has been involved with the mint since the beginning of the
planning for the Peratrovich dollar.
The results of the lobbying is HJR9, calling for the release of 5 million of the coins into circulation in Alaska. This was passed by the State House with one dissenting vote. Text of the
resolution can be seen here:
Testimony in the State House can be seen here:
Testimony on the Peratrovich Dollar begins at 23:30, and the best testimony is at 41:00
On January 22, 2020, on the second day of the 2020 session, the Senate passed HJR9 unanimously with most State Senators asking to be shown as co-sponsors. A brief article from the Juneau Daily
Empire can be seen here:
All that remains is for it to be transmitted to the Governor, and then to officials in Washington.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
PERATROVICH DOLLAR RELEASE LOBBIED IN ALASKA (https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/esylum_v22n46a09.html)
1 dollar - Elizabeth Peratrovich and Alaska’s Anti-Discrimination
Wayne Homren, Editor
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