Presidential Visit Update

I read with interest the Alaska Dispatch article describing our collaborative event, Rising Together on August 31st at the Alaska Airlines Center. I was dismayed that the potential participants were described as "fans".  We are not fans, we are Americans and Alaskans who wish to roll out the red … [Read more...]

2015 Convention Deadlines and Information

Remember to mark your calendars on October 15 - 17 for the 2015 Annual AFN Convention in Anchorage. This year’s theme is "Heroes in our Homeland.” The theme reflects the general mood of the statewide Native community, and guides the structure and focus of the convention agenda, presenters, and … [Read more...]

Alaskans Plan Event To Welcome President Obama: Rising Together 

Anchorage, AK – More than two dozen Alaskan organizations and community groups wish to announce the creation of a Presidential Welcome Committee specifically formed to welcome President Barrack Obama, on his first extended trip to Alaska. The Rising Together event, which coincides with the … [Read more...]

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...]