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.
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 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.
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
The Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks called for Gov. Sean Parnell to accept an expansion of Medicaid in Alaska, endorsed Alaska as a "Right to Mush" state and asked for an increase in state efforts in stopping the flow of dangerous drugs.Dermot Cole
Outrage and frustration about the high rate of suicide by young Native Alaskans emerged as one of the key issues at the 2013 Alaska Federation of Natives convention, epitomized by the presentation given by seven children from the Tanana 4-H Club Friday. Action, not just talk, is required, several speakers said.