02.06.1909–This Day In Alaskan History


An act of Congress makes it illegal to sell intoxicating liquors to Natives of Alaska. In the law, the term “Indian” was defined as “aboriginal races inhabiting Alaska when annexed to the United States and their descendants of the whole or half blood, who have not become citizens of the United States.” Within four years, the Territorial Legislature outlawed giving or selling liquor to a Native, and that law remained in effect until 1953–more than two decades beyond national prohibition.

Cited From: A Reference in Time, Alaska Native History Day by Day. Edited by Alexandra J. McClanahan. Published by the CIRI Foundation, 2001.

A Reference in Time

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