U.S. Secretary of the Interior Zinke Meets with AFN

Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke met with the Alaska Federation of Natives and Alaska’s congressional delegation May 30 in Anchorage. “It was a very productive meeting,” said Julie Kitka, AFN President. “We emphasized that Alaska Native corporations, tribes and organizations are ready to … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

Congressman Don Young Seeks To Add a Subsistence Representative to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council

  As part of the pending changes during the reauthorization of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, Congressman Don Young is looking to add a subsistence representative on the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The act provides the basis for federal fisheries management throughout the … [Read more...]

President Obama Announces 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference

President Obama has announced a 2013 White House Tribal Nations Conference on November 13th at the Department of Interior.  The conference will allow tribal leaders the opportunity to interact directly with the President and members of the White House Council on Native American Affairs. Department … [Read more...]

Join the AFN/NCAI National Coalition for Tribal Program Funding

Dear community and tribal members, The AFN Human Resources Committee is launching an initiative with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) to form a national coalition.  The purpose of the coalition is to address the negative impacts of sequestration on tribal programs.  Together, we … [Read more...]

The “fiscal cliff”, VAWA, and lame duck session.

In this C-SPAN interview, NCAI Executive Director, Jackie Johnson-Pata talks about what the “fiscal cliff” and sequestration could mean to Native American communities, and she responded to telephone calls and electronic communications. She also discussed priorities for the lame-duck session of … [Read more...]

Salazar Applauds Senate Confirmation of Kevin Washburn as Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs

Kevin K. Washburn was confirmed as the Department of Interior’s newest Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs during a ceremony presided over by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar in late September. Mr. Washburn, who was unanimously confirmed by the Senate, has served as the Dean of the University of … [Read more...]

United Nations Human Rights Council Report on the Situation of Indigenous Peoples in the United States

In September 2012, the United Nation’s Human Rights Council (UN HRC) released its most recent report on the rights of indigenous people, which assessed the laws, government programs and constructive agreements between indigenous peoples and states that typify and/or highlight the situation of … [Read more...]