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...]

AFN releases “Rise As One” – a short video featuring highlights of 2014 Convention … [Read more...]

Convention highlight: the first ever on-stage marriage proposal during Quyana Alaska! … [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving! AFN Convention on 360 North

The 2014 AFN Convention and Quyana Alaska will be rebroadcast in its entirety over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend on 360 North. Thursday, Nov. 27 and Friday, Nov. 28 Convention: 8:30 am to 5 pm Quyana Alaska: 8 pm to midnight Saturday, Nov. 29 Convention: 8:30 am to 4 pm … [Read more...]

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AFN Continues Work On Protecting Voting Rights

As Alaskans await the final results of the 2014 election, and the analysis to follow, AFN is looking ahead to what President Julie Kitka said in an October 31 press conference was “unfinished business.” “The work on national legislation will continue,” Kitka said. “Our partnership with the U.S. … [Read more...]

Proposal for a new Native Youth Initiative

The U.S. Department of Education is planning a new program called the Native Youth Initiative.  Below is some information about the proposed initiative. Comments were solicited between October 10 and November 1 through the e-mail address Comments will also be welcomed … [Read more...]