Alaska Federation of Natives draws big crowd to annual meeting

A scene from the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention in October 2014. Photo from Facebook

Thousands of Alaska Natives are in Anchorage this week for a series of big meetings and events.

The First Alaskans Institute kicked off its 32nd annual Elders and Youth Conference this morning. The theme is "“Not in Our Smokehouse!” aimed at protecting and preserving Native culture.

The event runs through Wednesday. The following day, the Alaska Federation of Natives opens its annual convention, which is expected to draw upwards of 5,000 from across the state.

“We’re expecting this to be one of our biggest conventions,” President Julie Kitka told Alaska Dispatch News.

Every major politician in Alaska is on the agenda for the meeting, which concludes Saturday. The theme is "Heroes in our Homeland," aimed at honor everyday Native community leaders.

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Elders & Youth Conference kicks off Monday (KTVA 10/11)
Feds recognize Native names of major Alaska river system (Alaska Dispatch News 10/11)
AFN convention to bring thousands of Natives to Anchorage (Alaska Dispatch News 10/10)
Alaska Native events kick off in Anchorage (The Arctic Sounder 10/9)
AFN and Elder and Youth Conference Preview (Coastal Television 10/5)

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