AFN Applauds Interior’s Approval of Land-into-Trust Application

The U.S. Department of the Interior’s decision to place the land owned by the Craig Tribal Association into federal Indian trust status is an important milestone for the tribes of Alaska and reflects AFN’s long-standing policy on Indian Country and land-into-trust issues. “Congratulations to the … [Read more...]

AFN Applauds Ahtna Region and US Department of Interior Historic Cooperative Management Agreement

U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Deputy Secretary Michael Connor signed an agreement today to create a cooperative management demonstration project with the Ahtna Intertribal Resource Commission (AITRC). The agreement formalizes the subsistence wildlife management partnership between the DOI … [Read more...]

Election Day is next Tuesday, November 8 — Are You With Us?

Your voice is your vote.  Your vote is your voice.  Watch AFN's RUwithUS short video and then head to the polls! https://vimeo.com/186195396   … [Read more...]

Help AFN support Senate Bill 91/HB 205 for Criminal Justice Reform

Please join AFN in pushing back against amendments that will unnecessarily reduce its impact and effectiveness on SB 91/HB 205 and testify today at 1:30 PM. When:  Friday, Mar. 18th at 1:30 p.m. Call-in number:  1 (844) 586-9085 Room number:  Beltz hearing room 105 Live video stream:  … [Read more...]

AFN Commends Senator Murkowski For Co-Sponsoring Key Voting Rights Bill

The Alaska Federation of Natives commends U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski for signing on as co-sponsor to the Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (VRAA).  The legislation, originally introduced this past June by Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont, a Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, is … [Read more...]

Help Support the Alaska Native Veterans Allotment Bill

Congressman Don Young introduced HR 2387, A Bill to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide for equitable allotment of land to Alaska Native veterans on May 15.  If passed, the bill would allow Alaska Native men and women who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War era to … [Read more...]

2015 Honoring Our Children Day – April 26th

CALL TO ACTION Honoring Our Children April 26th - A Statewide Day of Celebration The AFN Council for the Advancement of Alaska Natives (CAAN) and its members issue this statewide invitation for collaborative, individual, family and community action to celebrate and share our collective love, … [Read more...]

Help AFN Protect Vital Rural Alaska funding

Recent proposed budget cuts to the Alaska Rural Communications Service (ARCS), public broadcasting, and early childhood funds in the FY 2016 budget threaten vital services and programs in our rural Alaska communities. The Alaska State House recently cut all early childhood funds, including … [Read more...]

In address to Congress, President Obama calls the right to vote ‘sacred.’

In his 2015 State of the Union address to Congress, President Obama challenged Congress to go beyond the status quo and improve the Voting Rights Act. "We may go at it in campaign season, but surely we can agree that the right to vote is sacred; that it’s being denied to too many; and that, on … [Read more...]

AFN Continues Work On Protecting Voting Rights

As Alaskans await the final results of the 2014 election, and the analysis to follow, AFN is looking ahead to what President Julie Kitka said in an October 31 press conference was “unfinished business.” “The work on national legislation will continue,” Kitka said. “Our partnership with the U.S. … [Read more...]