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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
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 Ovluaq Dance Group from Barrow performed at the 2014 First Alaskans Elders and Youth Conference Wednesday, Oct. 22, marking the end of three days full of music and dance, educational workshops, and words of inspiration.

Tara Young
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
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
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.

 

A remote Alaska Native village where only half the homes have indoor plumbing is among rural communities nationwide that will receive upgrades to water and wastewater systems with $352 million in grants and loans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.Rachel D'Oro

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