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Alaska Federation of Natives stays mum on climate change task force progress

Oct 26, 2020

The Alaska Federation of Natives Convention came to a close with little discussion about how to respond to climate change. This year, the convention’s third day, when resolutions are openly debated, was eliminated.

Various Native organizations submitted 30 resolutions for consideration. There is no open resolution debate this year. Only one resolution briefly mentions climate change.

Fairbanks North Star Borough to review options for Carlson Center

Aug 10, 2020

A community online forum asked residents for their opinions about the future of the Carlson Center. The contract with the current management company is ending. The Fairbanks North Star Borough will review options for the big arena and convention space on the riverbank in Fairbanks.

The dominant user of the Carlson Center has been the University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey team, whose scheduling of the ice for practices and games has determined much of how the facility has been used. That dominance turns out to be a common gripe among folks who participated in the community forum.

The Alaska Federation of Natives’ top lawyer will join a five-person board tasked with redrawing the state’s legislative districts – based on the 2020 Census.

Since 2014, Nicole Borromeo has been general counsel and executive vice president of the Alaska Federation of Natives.

Editor’s note: This story is produced in part through a partnership between First Alaskans Institute and Koahnic Broadcast Corporation. Willie Iġġiaġruk Hensley serves on the First Alaskans Institute board of trustees, and previously served on the board for Koahnic Broadcast Corporation.

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As Heard on Morning Line - as we see signs of the Fall season approaching, we reached out to CIRI's Greg Razo for thoughts of the annual 

    

  Major candidates for the U .S. Senate in Alaska are making one final push to rally voters. Incumbent Senator Democrat Mark Begich, and challenger Dan Sullivan held rallies. Sullivan appeared at a rally with Sen. Ted Cruz, a Texas Republican and Tea Party favorite. Cruz blasted the status quo in Washington, DC., and advocated the abolition of the Internal Revenue Service. Begich called for more cooperation and an end to bipartisan politics.

 Alaska Federation of Natives endorses Begich, Walker, Mallott 

Pollsters are closely watching races in a few states to see whether Democrats are going to hang on to their majority in the U.S. Senate. In Alaska, incumbent Sen. Mark Begich, a Democrat, was behind Republican challenger Dan Sullivan in the polls by some five points until last week when Begich pulled ahead by a few points.

2014 AFN Convention and Elders & Youth Conference

Oct 17, 2014
Antonia Gonzales

Find audio below that includes our daily AFN show called "Alaska's Native Voice", The AFN Presidents Report by Julie Kitka and Produced interviews about Native values and traditions performed by Youth participants in the Media Production Workshop held October 21st, 2014 by Koahnic Broadcast Corporation and KNBA. 

Support for KNBA's 2014 AFN Broadcast was provided by:

Native leaders say a Sept. 12th Alaska Supreme Court ruling in a case involving a Yup’ik child will cause higher numbers of Native children to be cut off from their families and culture. As KNBA’s Joaqlin Estus reports, the state says the decision in Tununak vs the state of Alaska will put kids into permanent homes more quickly, and follows a U.S. Supreme Court ruling. “Baby Dawn,” not her real name, was four months old in 2008 when the state took custody of her. She was put in foster care with a non-Native family in Anchorage.

AFN and Native Vote Candidates Forum

Jun 10, 2014
http://www.nativefederation.org/2014/06/06/afn-and-native-vote-candidates-forum-this-monday/

KNBA news brings you special coverage of Alaska Federation of Natives and Native Vote Alaska U.S. Senate and gubernatorial candidates’ forum.  The forum was recorded Monday, June 9th, at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, during the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year Convention.  The 1-hour-and-nine-minute forum was moderated by UAA 2014 Atwood Chair Mark Trahant, and features a panel of Alaska Native leaders asking questions.Candidates included Mead Treadwell, Dan Sullivan, Byron Mallott, and Bill Walker.