The Alaska Federation of Natives' annual three-day convention -- the biggest Alaska Native gathering of the year – started Thursday morning at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center. The conference attracts as many as 5,000 people from Barrow to Kodiak, Nome to Sitka. It’s a huge economic driver for Anchorage, a chance for politicians to mingle and candidates to prowl for votes, a reunion for families and friends and colleagues. It’s a multidimensional event, with a huge Alaska Native art show and two nights of song and dance performances.
The importance of Alaska Native languages to culture, identity and individual well-being took center stage Monday as the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders and Youth Conference – the precursor to the biggest Native gathering of the year – began in Anchorage.
Courtney Lamb and Stephanie Pearson wed in an impromptu ceremony outside of the Midtown Anchorage Frontier Building Monday, a mere half-hour after picking up their marriage license from the Bureau of Vital Statistics. They were among the five couples who challenged Alaska’s same-sex marriage ban in May, arguing that the amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman denied them equal protection and due process rights.
The Ontario Reign defeated the Alaska Aces 4-1 at the Sullivan Arena on Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014, on their way to a season-opening three-game series sweep of the defending Kelly Cup champions on their home ice.