Powerful testimony in AFN Convention Subsistence Report

During a key subsistence report at the 2013 AFN Convention, Native leaders stressed the vital importance of customary and traditional fishing and hunting across Alaska and asserted Alaska Native families' rights to food security. "A few years ago, our fish camps were vibrant and lively with … [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...]

Native Village of Tununak v. State, Office of Children’s Services decision

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)  establishes adoptive placement preferences for placing an Indian child with a member of the child’s extended family, with other members of the child’s tribe, or with other Indian families.  A court may deviate from these preferences only upon a showing of good … [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...]

Interagency Working Group Calls for Integrated Management and Planning for a Rapidly Changing Arctic

The inter agency working group chaired by Interior Deputy Secretary David J. Hayes released a report for an integrated management strategy for the  Arctic. The report highlights the need for a coordinated approach that uses the best available science to integrate cultural, environmental and economic … [Read more...]

Legislative update: Alaska Rural Communication Service

Governor Parnell recently placed $5.3 million in the 2014 Capital Budget for digital conversion of the Alaska Rural Communication Service analog television transmitters throughout Alaska.  The Alaska Rural Communications Service (ARCS) is a television service, formerly known as RATNet, owned and … [Read more...]

Subsistence Listening Sessions in Bethel and Ahtna region

Senator Lisa Murkowski, ranking member, is working with Senator Dyson, Chair, of the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources to hold an official oversight hearing on subsistence in Washington, DC this fall.  In preparation for the hearing, Senator Murkowski will host two listening … [Read more...]

$35.8 Million in Funding Available for State, Local, and Tribal Governments in Alaska

AFN would like to share the Department of Energy, Tribal Energy Department’s courtesy of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) list of nearly $35.8 Million in funding for projects and programs to support climate, renewable energy, environmental job training, and other energy initiatives.  … [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...]

Renewable Energy in the Remote Alaska Native Village of Tuntutuliak

The Alaska Native village of Tuntutuliak has pioneered the installation of an unprecedented renewable energy system that will use wind power, smart-grid technology and residential electric thermal storage to reduce its dependence on diesel-powered generators. The sophisticated energy system – which … [Read more...]