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AFN announces 2012 convention theme

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

"Success Beyond Barriers" has been announced as the theme of the 2012 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention, according to a press release sent out on Thursday.

"This year's convention theme recognizes our Native communities' achievements in context," AFN President Julie Kitka announced. "It's about our peoples' repeated success at overcoming barriers and finding ways to thrive beyong the challenges that persist, especially in rural Alaska."

The annual AFN Convention attracts around 4,000 delegates and attendees from across the state; the Convention features three days of its coveted craft show, two night of traditional Alaska Native dance performances, and a Health Fair, among other events.

The Convention will take place Oct. 18–20 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. The keynote speaker for the Convention will be Carol Wren, Director of Emplyment and Training Services at the Cook Inlet Tribal Council. Wren is featured on the Alaska Journal of Commerc'’s 2012 "Top Forty Under 40" list; more of her credentials can be found at AFN’s press release.   

More updates on the 2012 Convention will be featured, here.