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Photos: Tanana youth confront elders at AFN over suicide

FAIRBANKS -- Seven children from the 4-H Club from Tanana held the attention of a large crowd in the Carlson Center on Friday -- for the second time this week -- only this time before the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention.

As they did Tuesday at the Elders & Youth Conference, the children spoke in personal terms Friday afternoon about the toll of alcohol abuse, sexual assault and suicide. One child lost her father to suicide. Another lost an uncle. A third described crying herself to sleep on nights when her parents were drunk.

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