AFN Announces Keynote Speakers for 2015 Annual Convention

The Alaska Federation of Natives is pleased to announce that world-renowned Haida weaver Delores Churchill and her grandson, the Haida master carver Donald Varnell, have accepted our invitation to deliver the 2015 AFN Convention keynote address.  The Convention will be held October 15-17 at the … [Read more...]

Help Support the Alaska Native Veterans Allotment Bill

Congressman Don Young introduced HR 2387, A Bill to amend the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act to provide for equitable allotment of land to Alaska Native veterans on May 15.  If passed, the bill would allow Alaska Native men and women who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam War era to … [Read more...]

Veteran Allotment Act legislation gets House hearing

Yesterday, Alaska's Congressman Don Young chaired a legislative hearing on H.R. 2387, the Alaska Native Veterans Land Allotment Equity Act, in the House Natural Resources Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs (IIANA) to discuss legislation  that would allow approximately 2,800 … [Read more...]

2015 Honoring Our Children Day – April 26th

CALL TO ACTION Honoring Our Children April 26th - A Statewide Day of Celebration The AFN Council for the Advancement of Alaska Natives (CAAN) and its members issue this statewide invitation for collaborative, individual, family and community action to celebrate and share our collective love, … [Read more...]

Highlights of Historic AFN Leadership Meeting

In a remarkable gathering of leaders, the Alaska Federation of Natives board of directors hosted the Winter Leadership Retreat at the Nullagvik Hotel in Kotzebue on February 17.  Virtually every level of government was represented at the meeting, from small town mayors to an Obama cabinet secretary, … [Read more...]

Help AFN Protect Vital Rural Alaska funding

Recent proposed budget cuts to the Alaska Rural Communications Service (ARCS), public broadcasting, and early childhood funds in the FY 2016 budget threaten vital services and programs in our rural Alaska communities. The Alaska State House recently cut all early childhood funds, including … [Read more...]

AFN Holds 2015 Winter Retreat: “Our Homeland, Our Future”

In a gathering of leaders, the Alaska Federation of Natives board of directors met in retreat at the Nullagvik Hotel in Kotzebue on February 17. Virtually every level of government was represented at the meeting, from small town mayors to an Obama cabinet secretary, from elected officials to … [Read more...]

AFN Announces theme for the 2015 Annual AFN Convention – Heroes In Our Homeland

At the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) quarterly meeting on February 12, the AFN board of directors selected “Heroes In Our Homeland” as its theme for the annual convention in Anchorage this October.  The theme reflects the general mood of the statewide Native community, and guides the structure … [Read more...]

Arctic Art Contest! Deadline FAST approaching – enter now!

Alaskan artists age 18-25 are invited to participate in the Alaska preliminary round of the 2015 Arctic Council Youth Art Contest. The Alaska Humanities Forum, the Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the Alaska Federation of Natives are working together to facilitate a statewide contest to … [Read more...]

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...]