Alaska Natives meeting for annual conference
Monday, October 20, 2003

The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) is holding its annual conference in Anchorage this week.

About 4,000 are expected for the meeting, which takes place October 23-25. The hot topic will be the push by Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), the powerful chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, to limit federal funding to Native villages. Stevens has inserted a rider to divert federal funds for tribal courts and justice systems to the state. He is considering another to redirect housing funds to regional Native associations.

Native leaders consider the initiative an attack on their sovereignty.

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Relevant Links:
Sen. Ted Stevens -
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Alaska Federation of Natives -

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