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Parnell signs bill designating Nov 14 as Dr Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska

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JUNEAU, Alaska — Gov. Sean Parnell has signed legislation honoring the late Tlingit elder Walter Soboleff.

HB217 designates Nov. 14 of each year as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska. That date was Soboleff's birthday.

PHOTO: Children of the late Walter Soboleff are among those on hand on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska, as Gov. Sean Parnell, center, signs legislation designating Nov. 14 of each year as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska, in honor of their father. They are, from far left, Walter Soboleff Jr., Ross Soboleff, Sasha Soboleff and Janet Burke. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)
Children of the late Walter Soboleff are among those on hand on Wednesday, July 30, 2014, in Juneau, Alaska, as Gov. Sean Parnell, center, signs legislation designating Nov. 14 of each year as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska, in honor of their father. They are, from far left, Walter Soboleff Jr., Ross Soboleff, Sasha Soboleff and Janet Burke. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

The bill signing ceremony was held in a downtown Juneau park, not far from where work is underway on a cultural center bearing Soboleff's name that is being built by the Sealaska Heritage Institute.

Soboleff's children were on hand for Wednesday's bill signing, which also featured Alaska Native dancing.

Soboleff died in 2011 at age 102. He was a respected spiritual leader, remembered by Parnell as a man who loved all Alaskans.

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