Anchorage, AK – The Alaska Federation of Natives Board of Directors selected the 2014 Annual AFN Convention theme “Rise As One.” The Annual AFN Convention is the largest meeting of its kind in Alaska and will take place October 23-25, 2014 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
“At this year’s Convention we heard many presenters calling for unity in the Native Community,” said Sheri Buretta, Chair of the AFN Convention Committee. “Rise As One is all about coming together, working together, meeting the challenges together.
AFN’s annual convention brings together some 3500 delegates from across the state to discuss key issues, share information, and set the course for the AFN for the coming year. It is an opportunity to engage with fellow Alaskans and with leaders from Alaskan communities as well as government officials. The Alaska Native Customary Art Show, which will be open all three days of the Convention on the Dena’ina Center’s first floor, is renowned as one of the best places to find Alaska Native and American Indian artwork. Two evenings of Native dance and music, the ever-popular Quyana Alaska cultural performances, are also scheduled.
All proceedings and events are open to the public. AFN Board Co-Chair Tara Sweeney said, “We welcome and encourage our fellow Alaskans, Native and non-Native alike, to join us as an observer, visit and celebrate with us and rise as one with the Native community. For those unable to make it downtown in person, the entire Convention and Quyana will be broadcast live on statewide television and webcast as well.”