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...]

Proposal for a new Native Youth Initiative

The U.S. Department of Education is planning a new program called the Native Youth Initiative.  Below is some information about the proposed initiative. Comments were solicited between October 10 and November 1 through the e-mail address tribalconsultation@ed.gov. Comments will also be welcomed … [Read more...]

Message from President Obama

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Post 2014 Annual AFN Convention Press Conference

Anchorage, AK: At a press conference today, the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) discussed the recent endorsement of Senator Begich and the Walker/Mallott unity ticket.  The press conference opened with AFN President Julie Kitka and AFN Co-Chair Ana Hoffman with an overview of highlights from the … [Read more...]

2014 Annual AFN Convention Resolutions

The resolutions for consideration by the delegates of the 2014 Annual AFN Convention are now available for download.  Please feel free to print and bring them to the Dean'ina Center with you.   You may download the AFN resolution policies here.     … [Read more...]

AFN release 2014 election voting guide

Anchorage, AK: The Alaska Federation of Natives announced today the release of its 2014 Voting Guide. The guide includes a comprehensive questionnaire for the two leading gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates. The 28-page document will be printed and distributed to AFN delegates attending next … [Read more...]

AFN releases new non-partisan Get Out The Vote TV PSAs

Watch the PSAs in our Video Gallery page!   … [Read more...]

Alaska Supreme Court decision effectively blocks Alaska Native families from asserting their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act

Anchorage, AK: On September 12, 2014, the Alaska Supreme Court issued a decision that will effectively bar most Alaska Native families from asserting their rights under the Indian Child Welfare Act and in doing so will increase the number of Native children severed from their families and their … [Read more...]

AFN Applauds Federal Court Decision in Native Voting Rights Case

The Alaska Federation of Natives fully supports U.S. District Judge Sharon Gleason’s decision in favor of the plaintiffs of the Toyukak v Treadwell voting rights case.  In her partial ruling today, Judge Gleason agreed with the Native voters’ argument that the state Division of Elections failed its … [Read more...]