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For the first time in their lives, as Gov. Sean Parnell, state legislators, tribal leaders and an overflow crowd looked on, Alaska Native people one by one took the microphone Thursday to speak in their Native language -- as an official state language.

 

Lisa Demer
If the legislation to recognize 20 Alaska Native languages as official state languages was wrought with emotion, the ceremony to turn the bill into law with the governor’s signature is fraught with politics. Lisa Demer
The state’s largest 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.  Alex DeMarban
It’s been a year since the girls from Tanana first went public in a big way with some of the most toxic parts of their lives. Now they are in Anchorage and in the spotlight again about what destroys their friends, family members and neighbors -- and what heals them.Lisa Demer
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.Lisa Demer
Journalists and public relations specialists will delve into communications questions ranging from coverage of Native cultures to explaining the role of Alaska Native corporations, the largest commercial enterprises in the 49th state. Alaska Dispatch
The translators must stick to the speeches and avoid getting sidetracked or caught up emotionally. That’s hard when difficult topics such as sexual abuse come up. Lisa Demer

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.

Bill Roth
The annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention is a big boon for local businesses, which means the competition between Anchorage and Fairbanks to host the meeting and its thousands of delegates is fierce.Sean Doogan

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