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Jerry Isaac, the former longtime leader of the Tanana Chiefs Conference in Interior Alaska, was named Saturday as the new co-chair for the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Alaska Dispatch News
In addition to the Senate and gubernatorial endorsements, the Alaska Federation of Natives approved a packet of 50 other resolutions that include opposition to Ballot Measure 2, support for tribal co-management of subsistence, and a push for more education funding for all kids.Lisa Demer
After a summer when subsistence fishing was shut down for critical spells along both the Yukon and Kuskokwim rivers, the Obama administration has agreed to experiment with managing next year’s Kuskokwim salmon runs jointly with tribal organizations. Lisa Demer

The Anchorage Museum is asking AFN attendees to help collect info on 500 photographs.

Marc Lester
From local leaders to the leader of the free world, speakers at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention are delivering a clear message: Vote.Lisa Demer
The Alaska Federation of Natives honored parents, elders, health advocates and others at its annual convention in Anchorage this week. Lisa Demer
More than 500 images were brought to the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention by the Anchorage Museum, which hopes elders from across the state can identify a friend, building, landscape or relative. Megan Edge
The U.S. Senate race in Alaska turned into a battle Friday over the candidates’ views on the issues facing Alaska Natives and rural residents, as Republican challenger Dan Sullivan sought to show the audience at the Alaska Federation of Natives’ annual convention that his record on those issues could match his opponent’s.Nathaniel Herz

The largest annual gathering of Alaska Natives is a high-stakes political scene as much as a cultural event, with candidates vying for attention before thousands of delegates from distant villages -- and a coveted endorsement from a pivotal part of the electorate.

Alaska Dispatch News
Speaking at the annual convention in Anchorage late Friday morning, Rep. Don Young, 81,  said his personal feelings about the topic -- because of the loss of a family member by suicide -- “may have caused me to mangle some of my statements and comments, (and) that’s caused this uproar."Dermot Cole,Alex DeMarban