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AFN celebrates 50th anniversary this month

October 14th, 2016 | Shady Grove Oliver, The Arctic Sounder Print this article   Email this article  

The 50th anniversary of the Alaska Federation of Natives convention is happening this month. From Oct. 20-22, immediately following the First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference, the convention will be held at the Carlson Center in Fairbanks.

The anniversary theme is "Reflect, Refresh, Renew" and will be part retrospective and part planning for the years to come.

Some of the sessions to be held this year include rethinking indigenous education, taking land into trust, criminal justice reform, safety for Alaska Native women, and a tribute to Sidney Huntington.

The day before the conference begins, Oct. 19, AFN will jointly host the 5th annual Tribal Conference with the National Congress of American Indians under the theme, "Strengthening Alaska Through Tribal Self-Determination."

As in years past at the convention, there will be an exhibit hall with a daily Alaska Native customary art show, Quyana dance and cultural performances in the evenings, and a banquet to conclude the event. More information on this year's AFN convention can be found at


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