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...]

Journalist Tom Richards, Jr. Passes

Community advocate and journalist Tom Richards, Jr. died on March 31, 2014. Among the many accomplishments of his life, including serving his country in the U.S. Navy, chairing the first Eskimo Olympics Committee and founding the Institute of Alaska Native Arts, Tom is best known to the statewide … [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...]

AFN CALLS ON FELLOW ALASKANS TO JOIN THE NATIVE COMMUNITY IN CONDEMNING THE HATE SPEECH OF WESTBORO BAPTIST CHURCH

According to several news sources, a notoriously abhorrent hate group from Kansas has announced plans to picket the Alaska Native Heritage Center on June 1.  The Westboro Baptist Church’s news release contained extremely distasteful, anti-Native vitriol. Tara Sweeney, Co-Chair of the Alaska … [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...]

Native Language Bill Moves Through State House

  A bill that would add 20 Native languages to Alaska's list of official languages is moving through the Alaska State House this week.   Largely symbolic, the bill wouldn't require that anything be said or written in any language other than English.  Its approval by the State Affairs … [Read more...]

THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT AND ALASKA NATIVES

Monday March 24 was the National Tribal Day of Action for Affordable Care Act (ACA) Enrollment. AFN joins President Obama in wanting to ensure that every Alaska Native has the information they need to take advantage of new health care options available under the health care law.   This is a … [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...]

2014 Annual AFN Convention Arts and Crafts applications are now available

Applications for the 2014 Alaska Native Customary Art Fair are now available. The Alaska Native Customary Art Fair is renown as one of the best places to find Alaska Native and American Indian artwork from cultures that are vital and rich with history, skill, tradition, adaptation, and … [Read more...]

AFN endorses Stosh Hoffman and Ted Spraker to the Alaska Board of Game

Anchorage, AK – On Thursday, March 20th, 2014, the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) official endorsed the reappointment of Stosh Hoffman and Ted Spraker to the Alaska Board of Game (BOG). “Mr. Hoffman and Mr. Spraker have gained the respect of fellow board members and groups around the state as … [Read more...]