Welcome and thank you for your interest in the President's Awards at the 2018 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention on October 18-20, 2018 at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska.
Please note: we are continuing with an early deadline due to Convention material print deadlines. Late submissions will not be considered.
Nomination Deadline: August 17, 2018
As a part of an effort to properly recognize award winners at the Convention, AFN will continue to present fewer awards. Please see the description of each award below.
- Any delegate to the Annual Convention, member of an Alaska Native group, or AFN member organization may submit nominations for the AFN President’s Awards.
- Sponsors may nominate a person or couple for multiple awards, but must do so on separate nomination forms, paying particular attention to the criteria of each award.
- Nominees must be living.
- Submit typed or printed forms only. Letters of support for the nominees are welcome. All information will be used at AFN’s discretion and will not be returned.
- The Convention Committee will consider only those nominees who meet the criteria.
- Please nominate only persons of good moral character who, to your knowledge, have not had serious questions raised regarding their stability, honesty or integrity (e.g. nominees should not have been convicted of or indicted for a felony, a crime involving dishonesty, or a crime involving harm to a child, nor be under indictment for such crimes). You can check for criminal proceedings here: www.courtrecords.alaska.gov
- Once award winners are selected, sponsors will be asked to submit a short bio and a photo for AFN’s promotional and convention materials.
- The sponsor is responsible for the winner’s travel, hotel, per diem and other expenses for travel to the AFN Annual Convention. It is recommended that the winner(s) be present at the Convention during the presentation of awards.
Health — Recognizes an Alaska Native who has demonstrated strong commitment, competence and sensitivity in the health fields, whose accomplishments have improved health care for Alaska Natives. Nominees may be involved in the areas of health advocacy, program administration, and professional care and in the health professions.
Eileen Panigeo MacLean Education — Named for the late State Legislator, elementary and bilingual teacher, Eileen Panigeo MacLean, this award recognizes an Alaska Native who has demonstrated strong commitment, competence and sensitivity in the education field, and whose accomplishments have improved educational opportunities for Alaska Natives. Individuals nominated for this award may be involved in traditional education, preschool, elementary, secondary, or post-secondary education, the nominee can be cultural educators, parent committee members, school board members, administrators, teacher aides, or other education-related professionals, who have been a positive role model for the Alaska Native community.
Hannah Paul Solomon "Woman of Courage Award" — Named for the late Hannah Paul Solomon, recognizes an Alaska Native woman who demonstrates through their life and work the strengths of our culture and values and tremendous courage.
Katie John Hunter-Fisher — Recognizes an Alaska Native who exemplifies and preserves the spirit of successful subsistence hunting, trapping and sharing, and our way of life. Nominees must acknowledge and ensure that the next generations of providers will carry on the traditions and customs in harmony and peace to sustain their extended families.
Roger Lang Youth Leadership — Named for the late Roger Lang, former AFN President, who encouraged young people to expand their horizons and challenge themselves to become future leaders. Nominees must be young men of high school age or students in college, who demonstrate leadership qualities.
Small Business — Recognizes an Alaska Native business owner or manager who has demonstrated success in business as with a commitment to their community, which has improved economic opportunities for Alaska Natives.
Gin'tith (Richard Frank) Military Service Award — Recognizes an Alaska Native who demonstrates a strong commitment and willingness to serve in the U. S. Armed Forces in the defense of the United States of America. Individuals nominated for this award may be involved in the U. S. Armed Forces in active duty, reserves, National Guard or a veteran who was honorably discharged from active duty or reserves.
Glenn Godfrey Law Enforcement — Named for the late Glenn Godfrey, Colonel and Director of the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Commissioner of Public Safety. This award recognizes an Alaska Native law enforcement officer, federal, state or local, who has shown outstanding dedication to the safety of the public in any location(s) within Alaska, often requiring heroic courage in the face of danger.
Citizen of the Year — Native person who has demonstrated strong commitment, dedication, and service to the Alaska Native Community and to Rural Alaska (Nominated & selected by the AFN Board of Directors).
Denali — Non-Native person who has demonstrated strong commitment, dedication, and service to the Alaska Native Community and to Rural Alaska (Nominated & selected by the AFN Board of Directors).