Hundreds of AFN delegates urged Gov. Bill Walker on Friday to free the Fairbanks Four -- Eugene Vent, Marvin Roberts, Kevin Pease and George Frese -- Alaska Natives who many believe were improperly convicted of murdering John Hartman in Fairbanks in 1997.
Charles “Etok” Edwardsen, Jr., a longtime Alaska Native activist who died this May on a whaling trip outside of Barrow at the age of 71, was honored by a special tribute at this year's Alaska Federation of Natives convention.Shady Grove Oliver | The Arctic Sounder
An estimated 4,000 people attended this year's Alaska Federation of Natives convention, and organizers said the event highlighted growing ties between Alaska Natives and state and federal officials that ultimately could help the state’s economy.Alex DeMarban
An Alaska suicide-prevention activist is hoping a man's public suicide at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage will propel people across the state to reach out to others who may be hurting.Rachel D'Oro | Associated Press