Villages Across The State Register To Become Absentee Early Voting Sites

      Anchorage, AK –  A Native leadership team dedicated to increasing Alaskan voter turnout announced it has helped 176 villages sign up as absentee in-person voting sites for the upcoming primary and general elections.  The number will change slightly after today's 5 p.m. … [Read more...]

Department of Justice initiates consultations with Alaska Natives to address voting challenges

The U.S. Department of Justice will hold consultations to discuss with Tribal leaders whether the DOJ should recommend to Congress new legislation that would require any state or local election administrator whose territory includes an Alaska Native village or Indian reservation to locate at least … [Read more...]

AFN President’s Commentary on Voting Rights

Check out AFN President Julie Kitka's commentary in today's Anchorage Daily News and on line at AK Dispatch: http://www.alaskadispatch.com   "A democracy is only as strong as the election process, which includes not only the act of voting but the information necessary for a voter to … [Read more...]

AFN and Native Vote Candidates Forum This Monday

Join us at the Dena'ina Center Tikahtnu Foyer You are invited to the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) and Native Vote Alaska gubernatorial and U.S. Senate candidates’ forum and reception on Monday, June 9th, at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, during the National Congress of … [Read more...]

Alaska Natives Applaud Introduction of Native Voting Rights Act of 2014 in the Senate

Earlier today, Senator Mark Begich introduced a bill in the United States Senate to protect Alaska Native voters from discrimination.  Senator Begich’s bill, the “Native Voting Rights Act of 2014” (“NatiVRA”), would require close scrutiny of the closure of polling places and voter registration in … [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...]

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...]

AFN calls for an increase to the Base Student Allocation

Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Federation of Natives passed a resolution yesterday requesting the Alaska State Legislature to increase the base student allocation (BSA) for fiscal years 2015–2017. “When we fail to adequately fund our schools, we actively impair our children’s ability to succeed,” … [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...]

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...]