Coverage of the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention.
Award winners this year include a master carver, a nurse and a longtime Alaska state trooper.
The organization also supported a reduction of “intercepted” salmon in the Area M region in the Alaska Peninsula, in an effort to help collapsed salmon runs recover in Western and Interior Alaska.
On the final day of the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention, all candidates in statewide races took the stage to address convention-goers from all corners of the state.
Dance groups from across the state, international guests and attendees shook the floor of the Dena’ina Center for the first in-person Quyana performances at AFN since 2019.
Alaska’s Republican senior senator said at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention that she’ll rank Peltola first on her ballot in the U.S. House race.
Much of the convention’s focus was on all that’s happened during the pandemic, from floods of funding to new policies and programs for Indigenous communities.
The event is often artists’ single biggest moneymaker, and its closure during the pandemic added to losses.
After going virtual the last two years, AFN’s annual conference returns in person at the Dena’ina Center. Here’s a roundup of events.
Also on Saturday, the state’s largest Native group gave several awards for exemplary actions and lives.
The Alaska Federation of Natives called for more action to reduce crimes, particularly against women.
Audience members packed the Carlson Center in Fairbanks to watch dance groups from across the state perform at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention.
On Day 2 of the three-day convention, the state’s former attorney general said delays in the criminal justice system will worsen.
Joel Bolger asked the state’s largest Native organization to join in resisting “political influence” in the court system, after the governor vetoed funding over abortion decisions.
AFN also honored the longest-serving member in the history of the state Legislature and praised a bill to expand tribal authority to reduce criminal activity.
Alaska artist Amber Webb’s work, featuring the faces of dozens of indigenous women and girls missing or killed, is being displayed on the stage at the AFN convention in Fairbanks.
Alaskans from across the state gathered at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks for the 2019 Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention.
William Barr announced the funding in a video broadcast at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Fairbanks.
As someone banged a drum in protest and others stood with raised fists, an AFN official called for respect for their guest.
The 53rd annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention is being held this year in Fairbanks.
Organizers hope to bring greater awareness to and acknowledgment of the truths of the past and generational trauma and how they continue to impact what happens today.
“There’s something about hearing those words that speaks to our soul, that speaks to our spirit,” said Valerie Nurr’araaluk Davidson.
The Alaska Federation of Natives annual event, in Fairbanks this year, will mix culture, politics, entertainment and family.