Free Community Picnic May 18

  Click on flyer to download the 2014 Spring To Action Community Picnic flyer.   … [Read more...]

Sad News: Billy Frank, Jr. has walked on

Native American environmental leader and treaty rights activist Billy Frank, Jr. has died at the age of 83. A Nisqually tribal member, Frank is known specifically for his grassroots campaign for fishing rights on the tribe’s Nisqually River, located in Washington state, in the 1960s and 1970s. He is … [Read more...]

Interior Department Invites Public Comment on Proposed Rule to Take Land into Trust for Alaska Native Tribes

Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs Kevin Washburn today announced that the Interior Department is seeking public comment on a proposed rule that would allow the Secretary of the Interior to consider petitions from Alaska Native tribes to take land into trust. “This is a first step in a … [Read more...]

Alaska could become the second state to officially recognize Native languages

Early Monday morning in its 91st day of the session, the Alaska Senate passed House Bill 216 by an 18-2 vote, making 20 Alaska Native languages official state languages.  The Bill passed the Alaska House of Representatives last week, 38-0.  It now heads to Governor Parnell for his signature. “We … [Read more...]

Native Community Disappointed in Failure to Increase the Base Student Allocation

Early this week, the Alaska Federation of Natives passed a resolution requesting the Alaska State Legislature to increase the base student allocation (BSA) in fiscal years 2015–2017. “Today, AFN is disappointed in the failure of the legislature to increase the BSA funding," said AFN President … [Read more...]

Journalist Tom Richards, Jr. Passes

Community advocate and journalist Tom Richards, Jr. died on March 31, 2014. Among the many accomplishments of his life, including serving his country in the U.S. Navy, chairing the first Eskimo Olympics Committee and founding the Institute of Alaska Native Arts, Tom is best known to the statewide … [Read more...]

AFN CALLS ON FELLOW ALASKANS TO JOIN THE NATIVE COMMUNITY IN CONDEMNING THE HATE SPEECH OF WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH

According to several news sources, a notoriously abhorrent hate group from Kansas has announced plans to picket the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 1.  The Westboro Baptist Church’s news release contained extremely distasteful, anti-Native vitriol. Tara Sweeney, Co-Chair of the Alaska … [Read more...]

SJR 21 Legislative Alert

Senate Joint Resolution 21 (SJR 21), Constitutional Amendment to the Alaska Judicial Council, went to the Senate floor last Friday, April 4. Since then the Senate Majority Leadership has held the resolution over attempting to secure one additional vote. SJR 21 proposes to amend Alaska’s … [Read more...]

Native Language Bill Moves Through State House

  A bill that would add 20 Native languages to Alaska's list of official languages is moving through the Alaska State House this week.   Largely symbolic, the bill wouldn't require that anything be said or written in any language other than English.  Its approval by the State Affairs … [Read more...]

AFN APPLAUDS SUPREME COURT DECISION ON KATIE JOHN CASE

 ANCHORAGE, AK – On March 31st the Supreme Court of the United States decided to reject the State of Alaska’s petition in the legal case State of Alaska v Sally Jewell, Secretary of the United States Department of Interior et al, widely known as one of the Katie John Cases. AFN President Julie … [Read more...]