Murkowski and Young criticize government actions to AFN delegates

Kyle Hopkins
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Ursula Paniyak-Irvin's dolls are supporting the Obama/Biden ticket at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Sam Herman, from Nunavak Island, at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Robyn Jack and her son Allen Jack at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Mike James and his daughter Linzi James at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Charles Powell and his grandson Alaino Devoe at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Jaida Bennett, Tiffany Bennett and Dinah Bennet at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Robyn Jack and her son Allen Jack at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Delegates representing Calista Corporation and the Association of Village Council Presidents consider language of an amendment during a brief recess Saturday morning. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News AFN delegate Jason Bourdukofsky speaks at Saturday morning's session. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Joseph Chaimegalrea of Napakiak speaks at Saturday morning's session to consider resolutions. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Frank Peterson Sr., president of the Indigenous Justice Alliance, reads draft resolutions at Saturday's AFN session. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Elizabeth Hensley, right, talks with others at the Saturday's AFN session. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Carmaleeda Estrada passes out papers to delegates at Saturday morning's AFN session. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Elia Epchook spoke Saturday morning about issues related to homelessness. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Spear dancers with the Mt. St. Elias Dancers of Yakutat perform during Quyana Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday evening October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
An invitational dance draws spectators onstage to join the Nunagiaq Dancers of Wainwright during Quyana Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday evening October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Audience members join the Tanacross Dance Group onstage for an invitational dance during Quyana Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday evening October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
An invitational dance draws spectators onstage to join the Nunagiaq Dancers of Wainwright during Quyana Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday evening October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Siberia Madsen, 2, takes in the scene from the lap of relative Bobby Piscoya as the Sivuqaq Dancers of Anchorage perform pieces based on their St. Lawrence Island heritage to start the day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday morning October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News The Sivuqaq Dancers of Anchorage perform pieces based on their St. Lawrence Island heritage to start the day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday morning October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Ginna Walluk and the Sivuqaq Dancers of Anchorage perform pieces based on their St. Lawrence Island heritage to start the day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday morning October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Karen Gardner of Anchorage joins in on an invitational dance as the Sivuqaq Dancers of Anchorage perform pieces based on their St. Lawrence Island heritage to start the day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday morning October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. "It's fun!" declared Gardner.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News An invitational dance brings some people out of their seats as the Sivuqaq Dancers of Anchorage perform pieces based on their St. Lawrence Island heritage to start the day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday morning October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Family and friends join Bernice Joseph of Fairbanks onstage as she is honored as the Citizen of the Year at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Co-chair Sen. Albert Kookesh introduces her at right.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Delegates applaud a keynote address by Carol Wren of Cook Inlet Tribal Council at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Carol Wren of Cook Inlet Tribal Council addresses delegates at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News First Lady Sandy Parnell delivers an impassioned plea to work to stop sex trafficking in Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Delegates listen to an address by First Lady Sandy Parnell at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Gov. Sean Parnell addresses the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Gov. Sean Parnell, right, and First Lady Sandy Parnell introduce Mary Jane Fate of Fairbanks as the recipient of the Shirley Demientieff Award for advocacy on behalf of Alaska Native women and children at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Fate is originally from Rampart.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell applaud after presenting Mary Jane Fate of Fairbanks with the Shirley Demientieff Award for advocacy on behalf of Alaska Native women and children at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Fate is originally from Rampart.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News AFN President Julie Kitka presents Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell with a carved kayaker artwork at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News AFN co-chair Sen. Albert Kookesh introduces honored guests in the audience at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News President Julie Kitka addresses delegates at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii receives a standing ovation honoring him for his many years of leadership and collaboration on Native issues in his state and in Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Akaka, who first went to Washington, D.C. as a Congressman in 1976, will wind up his 35-year congressional career in January 2013.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Family and friends join Bernice Joseph of Fairbanks onstage as she addresses the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention after receiving the Citizen of the Year award Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Her husband Stewart is at right. Joseph, born in Tanana and raised in Nulato, is vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Battling pancreatic cancer, Joseph told delegates she is Òfighting the good fight.Ó
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Peter Totemoff of Olympia, Wa. records video for friend Philip Akelkok, Sr., of Ekwok, right, as Citizen of the Year Bernice Joseph addresses the gathering at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News U. S. Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii offers an effusive Mahalo Lui Noa thank you to delegates for honoring him at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Bill Martin of the Alaska Native Brotherhood and Frieda Westman of the Alaska Native Sisterhood prepare to address the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Delegates watche a video commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Alaska Native Brotherhood at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Dr. Ted Mala, left, visits with U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News James Gregg of Kotzebue and Sells, Az. listens to a presentation at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
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ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News President Julie Kitka views a video presentation at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Peter Squartsoff of Kodiak watches a video commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Alaska Native Brotherhood at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Bill Martin speaks as the Alaska Native Brotherhood and the Alaska Native Sisterhood are honored at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Delegates greet and visit at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 in the lobby of the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Delegates visit in the lobby at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Frieda Westman of the Alaska Native Sisterhood appears onscreen at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Roseanne Voyles of Southcentral Foundation explains to youth how much sugar is in soft drinks at the Rethink Your Drink booth at the Alaska Native Medical Center Health Fair held at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Delegates leave messages explaining why they choose to be tobacco free at the Alaska Native Medical Center Health Fair held at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Ossie Kairaiuak, Stephen Blanchett and Karina Moeller of Pamyua greet fans while promoting their new CD and an upcoming tour to Bethel, Kotzebue, Dillingham and Nome at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Gary Murphy of Anchorage looks to sell his Yup'ik windmaker mask at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Earrings are offered at the Alaska Native Customary Art Show at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Delegates greet each other coming and going at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Youngsters peer over the railing at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Phillip Blanchett of Pamyua, left, greets fans as the group promotes a new CD and an upcoming tour at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Karina Moeller, right, shares a hug with Angela Gonzalez as Pamyua promotes a new CD and an upcoming concert tour in rural Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News William Bean and Amber Walters of ASRC Energy Services encourage delegates to Get Out the Native Vote at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Smoked salmon from Chignik is offered for sale outside the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News T-shirts and pickled sockeye salmon from Chignik are offered for sale outside the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Ursula Paniyak-Irvin's dolls are supporting the Obama/Biden ticket at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Sam Herman, from Nunavak Island, at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Robyn Jack and her son Allen Jack at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Mike James and his daughter Linzi James at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Charles Powell and his grandson Alaino Devoe at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Jaida Bennett, Tiffany Bennett and Dinah Bennet at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News Robyn Jack and her son Allen Jack at AFN. The Alaska Federation of Natives continued on Friday, October 19, 2012 at the Den'ina Convention Center in Anchorage, AK. A panel discussion with native leaders and Alaska Congressional members is going on upstairs and the art and craft sale is taking place on the bottom floor. 121019
Bob Hallinen
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Delegates representing Calista Corporation and the Association of Village Council Presidents consider language of an amendment during a brief recess Saturday morning. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News AFN delegate Jason Bourdukofsky speaks at Saturday morning's session. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Joseph Chaimegalrea of Napakiak speaks at Saturday morning's session to consider resolutions. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Frank Peterson Sr., president of the Indigenous Justice Alliance, reads draft resolutions at Saturday's AFN session. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Elizabeth Hensley, right, talks with others at the Saturday's AFN session. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Carmaleeda Estrada passes out papers to delegates at Saturday morning's AFN session. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Elia Epchook spoke Saturday morning about issues related to homelessness. Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Marc Lester / Anchorage Daily News Alaska Federation of Natives delegates considered draft convention resolutions in a session at the AFN annual convention on Saturday morning, October 20, 2012.
Marc Lester
Spear dancers with the Mt. St. Elias Dancers of Yakutat perform during Quyana Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday evening October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
An invitational dance draws spectators onstage to join the Nunagiaq Dancers of Wainwright during Quyana Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday evening October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
Audience members join the Tanacross Dance Group onstage for an invitational dance during Quyana Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday evening October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
An invitational dance draws spectators onstage to join the Nunagiaq Dancers of Wainwright during Quyana Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday evening October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Siberia Madsen, 2, takes in the scene from the lap of relative Bobby Piscoya as the Sivuqaq Dancers of Anchorage perform pieces based on their St. Lawrence Island heritage to start the day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday morning October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News The Sivuqaq Dancers of Anchorage perform pieces based on their St. Lawrence Island heritage to start the day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday morning October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Ginna Walluk and the Sivuqaq Dancers of Anchorage perform pieces based on their St. Lawrence Island heritage to start the day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday morning October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Karen Gardner of Anchorage joins in on an invitational dance as the Sivuqaq Dancers of Anchorage perform pieces based on their St. Lawrence Island heritage to start the day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday morning October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. "It's fun!" declared Gardner.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News An invitational dance brings some people out of their seats as the Sivuqaq Dancers of Anchorage perform pieces based on their St. Lawrence Island heritage to start the day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Friday morning October 19, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Family and friends join Bernice Joseph of Fairbanks onstage as she is honored as the Citizen of the Year at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Co-chair Sen. Albert Kookesh introduces her at right.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Delegates applaud a keynote address by Carol Wren of Cook Inlet Tribal Council at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Carol Wren of Cook Inlet Tribal Council addresses delegates at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News First Lady Sandy Parnell delivers an impassioned plea to work to stop sex trafficking in Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Delegates listen to an address by First Lady Sandy Parnell at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Gov. Sean Parnell addresses the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Gov. Sean Parnell, right, and First Lady Sandy Parnell introduce Mary Jane Fate of Fairbanks as the recipient of the Shirley Demientieff Award for advocacy on behalf of Alaska Native women and children at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Fate is originally from Rampart.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell applaud after presenting Mary Jane Fate of Fairbanks with the Shirley Demientieff Award for advocacy on behalf of Alaska Native women and children at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Fate is originally from Rampart.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News AFN President Julie Kitka presents Gov. Sean Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell with a carved kayaker artwork at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News AFN co-chair Sen. Albert Kookesh introduces honored guests in the audience at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News President Julie Kitka addresses delegates at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka of Hawaii receives a standing ovation honoring him for his many years of leadership and collaboration on Native issues in his state and in Alaska at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Akaka, who first went to Washington, D.C. as a Congressman in 1976, will wind up his 35-year congressional career in January 2013.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Family and friends join Bernice Joseph of Fairbanks onstage as she addresses the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention after receiving the Citizen of the Year award Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. Her husband Stewart is at right. Joseph, born in Tanana and raised in Nulato, is vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Battling pancreatic cancer, Joseph told delegates she is Òfighting the good fight.Ó
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News Peter Totemoff of Olympia, Wa. records video for friend Philip Akelkok, Sr., of Ekwok, right, as Citizen of the Year Bernice Joseph addresses the gathering at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
Erik Hill
ERIK HILL / Anchorage Daily News U. S. Sen. Daniel Akaka of Hawaii offers an effusive Mahalo Lui Noa thank you to delegates for honoring him at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention Thursday October 18, 2012 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.
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Fishermen cited for breaking a subsistence fishing ban on the Lower Kuskokwim River should never have been fined, Sen. Lisa Murkowski told a crowd of hundreds Friday at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.

Murkowski and Rep. Don Young, speaking at a forum about hunting and fishing rights and other issues, also criticized recent sanctions against an Alaska Native artist fined for using raven parts and other feathers in his contemporary artwork.

"I think this has been an embarrassment for how our government and our federal agencies ignore the traditions and cultures of our first people," Murkowski said.

Subsistence -- the question of who gets the first opportunity to hunt and fish for food -- is once again the marquee issue of the convention. On Friday, Young and Murkowski appeared to pick sides, telling delegates from villages across Alaska they are seeking to defend or expand existing subsistence rights for Alaska Natives.

Murkowski pledged to hold a congressional hearing on the issue, an action requested in a draft resolution proposed this year by the AFN board. Delegates will vote on that resolution and more than 40 others Saturday.

More than 20 subsistence fishermen facing citations or criminal misdemeanors have refused to plead guilty to illegally fishing for king salmon in June.

Young told the crowd that riverside villages have been asked to make all the sacrifices to conserve salmon, saying that limits on the number of salmon the pollock fleet should be allowed to kill as bycatch should be "much, much, much, much lower." He repeated support for a plan, outlined in a speech to the convention Thursday, that would allow representatives of Yukon River villages to manage king salmon fishing on that river.

Tlingit artist Archie Cavanaugh made headlines earlier in the week when he said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service charged him with violation of federal laws for selling artwork that used feathers from a raven and a robin-sized bird known as a flicker. Cavanaugh settled the case by agreeing to pay a $2,000 fine.

Murkowski and Young criticized the sanctions.

"To make innocent people criminals because of laws that either, in my view, are wrong or are being interpreted wrongly, that's wrong in and of itself," Murkowski said.

The AFN board has proposed a resolution calling for Alaska Natives to be allowed to "sell their traditional handicrafts containing feathers or parts of migratory birds."

Young said he's hoping to win enough support to pass legislation that says members of cultural or ethnic groups that have traditionally used parts of animals for cultural purposes can continue to do so as long as they did not kill the animal to obtain the parts. For example, a Tlingit artist who found a dead raven might be allowed to use the wings in artwork.

Murkowski told the group D.C. policymakers sometimes fail to understand Alaska Native issues.

"We're working with the State Department to make sure that we can continue to allow the whale hunts up north. But they don't get it," she said. "They have no understanding as to why you would want to harvest a whale in the first place."

The remarks came during a two-hour session that also focused on rural energy costs, education and health care. Sen. Mark Begich is scheduled to address the convention at 2:15 p.m. Saturday, the final day of the meeting.

 

 

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