JUNEAU, Alaska -

A new bill would set aside Nov. 14 each year as Dr. Walter Soboleff Day in Alaska.

Soboleff, a Tlingit elder, died in 2011 at age 102.

According to a release from the House Democratic caucus, Soboleff was the first Alaska Native to be ordained a Presbyterian minister, and the first to serve on the state Board of Education. He also was a director of Sealaska Corp.

The Juneau Empire reports the bill, HB217, has been proposed by Democratic Reps. Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins and Beth Kerttula and Republican Reps. Cathy Munoz and Peggy Wilson.

In recent years, the Legislature has approved setting aside days to honor other Alaskans, including Ted Stevens and Jay Hammond.