Alaska Native Policies Shaped Stevens’ Legacy

Len Anderson, KSKA – Anchorage

One of the most visible symbols of Ted Stevens’ decades-long support for Alaska Natives stands adjacent to Tudor Road in Anchorage.   It’s the Alaska Native Medical Campus, dominated by a five-story, state-of-the-art hospital.  The medical complex rises as a tribute to a senator’s power and a people’s need.

Next to the hospital is South Central Foundation’s Primary Care Center.  A dedication to Senator Ted Stevens runs along the front of the building.

Katherine Gottleib, president of South Central Foundation, says Stevens his faith in the ability of Alaska Natives’ ability to meet even the greatest challenges never faltered.

Gottleib also serves on the board of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium.  She says that health system that Stevens helped Alaska Natives to create will become one of his enduring legacies.

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