Enhancing and promoting the cultural, economic and political voice of the Alaska Native community.
The largest statewide Native organization in Alaska, AFN represents more than 140,000 Native peoples – about one out of every five Alaskans. Formed in 1966 to settle land claims, AFN continues to be the principal forum and voice of Alaska Natives in addressing critical issues of public policy and government.
AFN-Space X Challenge
In partnership with SpaceX, AFN is accepting nominations to
recognize leaders, warriors and heroes that are using creative
ideas during the COVID-19 pandemic to make positive impacts
in Alaska. We call on all Alaskans that demonstrate positive
encouragement, support and inspiration through humor,
drawing on cultural traditions and values during this time of
isolation. Examples could be the arts and music and writing, use
of technology and subsistence, or cultural activities.
News + Updates
2020 Annual Convention Will Be VirtualAugust 5, 2020
Native Elder Mary Jane Fate PassesMay 19, 2020
On the Passing of Native Leader Byron MallottMay 14, 2020
Answering U.S. Census Form Questions 5 and 9February 14, 2020
federally recognized tribes
regional nonprofit & tribal consortiums
The AFN Convention is the largest representative annual gathering in the United States of any Native peoples.
Each year, the AFN Convention draws some 6,000 attendees. The proceedings are broadcast live statewide, and webcast to 70 countries worldwide.
Our Native people have a distinct trust relationship with the Federal Government and a unique relationship with the State of Alaska.
We foster ongoing dialogue with our representatives and administration officials to advocate for fair and appropriate policies.
Learn more about the regional and service organizations, and elected officials who make a difference in our peoples' lives.
Raise your voice and help inform our representatives about our priorities, and please let us know if you have a resource or opportunity to share.