Alaska Federation of Natives opens annual conference
Thursday, October 15, 2020
Indianz.Com

The Alaska Federation of Natives is opening its annual conference on Thursday morning.

This year’s event is being held virtually on account of the coronavirus. The theme is “Good Government, Alaskans Decide.”

The conference runs through Friday. Viewers can watch the livestream on the AFN website.

For a more interactive experience, visit the 2020 AFN Convention virtual hub on a web browser. Or download the AFN app.

The marketplace also has gone virtual this year. Visit collective49.com to connect with Native artists and vendors.

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday, October 15
8:00 a.m. — Coffee with AFN President Julie Kitka and special guests U.S. Senators Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, Gen. Glen VanHerck, Commander, U.S. Northern Command, and the North American Aerospace Defense Command, and Lt. Gen. David Krumm, Commander, Alaskan NORAD Region, Alaskan Command, and Eleventh Air Force. With a traditional welcome by Dr. Rosita Worl, Albert Kookesh, and Wayne Westlake
(NOTE: this can only be watched on our Livestream at nativefederation.org, on our Virtual Event Portal, or on the 2020 AFN App from Apple or Google)

9:40 a.m. — Keynote address by Alaska House Speaker Bryce Edgmon

11:00 a.m. — Doctors Anne Zink, State of Alaska; Robert Onders, ANTHC; and Donna Galbreth, SCF will host a panel on Coping With Covid: Health In The Time Of Pandemic

1:35 p.m. — AVCP President Vivian Korthuis; Alaska U.S. Attorney Byran Schroder; and Special Agent In Charge of the FBI’s Alaska Office Robert Britt will host a panel on Rethinking Justice: Native-driven Progress

2:20 p.m. — U.S. Attorney William Barr

Friday, October 16
8:00 a.m. — Coffee with AFN President Julie Kitka and special guest Tara Sweeney, Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior
(NOTE: this can only be watched on our Livestream at nativefederation.org, on our Virtual Event Portal, or on the 2020 AFN App from Apple or Google)

9:15 a.m. — U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Dan Brouillette

10:10 a.m. — Panel of senior military officials discuss Strategic National Security Imperatives: Maintaining Balance Of Power In The Arctic

2:40 p.m. — Panel of national and state leaders in communications and technology discuss Up To Speed: How New Technologies Are Overcoming Rural Alaska’s Broadband Challenges