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2015 Annual AFN Work Sessions and information

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The 2015 Annual AFN Convention is exactly one week away and this year we have many exciting and informative work sessions. Below is an overview of the 2015 work session we have planned for you. You can also view the full agenda here

Once again this year, Convention will be broadcast live on GCI, ARCS, 360 North and online at nativefederation.org. Click here to download a PDF of the broadcast schedule. 

You can access all of this information and more using this year's AFN Convention App! To get the 2015 Annual AFN Convention mobile app:
  • Android users—search "afn 2015" on the Google Play Store.
  • iPhone and iPad users — search “afn 2015" on the Apple App Store.
  • Blackberry, Windows, laptop users—go to this address (omit www): https://annualconv2015.gatherdigital.com

See you next week!

Main Convention Work Sessions

Community Based Solutions ~ Addressing Drug Abuse and Empowering Wellness

Time: Thursday 3-5pm Location: Main Convention Hall, 3rd floor

Partners: ANTHC (Facilitation and Coordination)

Planning committee members & speakers identified through: Aleutians East Borough School District, Bristol Bay Area Health Corporation, Cook Inlet Tribal Council, Eastern Aleutian Tribes, Maniilaq Association, Qagan Tayagungin Tribe, Tanana, Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation

This workshop focuses on solution-based Alaskan community efforts aimed at reclaiming our community health. As we work as a state to save our resources, our land, and our water, we also all must take action and do what we can do to support our people, our children, and our cultures. Part of this is done by talking about mental health and mental illness, drug and alcohol use and misuse, and our collective responsibility to continue to destigmatize these topics and improve community wellness.

This workshop highlights current community based efforts from around the state. These are the stories of individuals who have found partnerships in their towns and villages to address challenging situations head on with innovative and traditional solutions. The audience will be invited to join the conversation and share perspective for ways we might get the word out to increase and effect wide-spread community change.

Business Innovations for Alaskans:  A Partnership to Share, Learn and Build Upon Alaska Native Corporate Models of Business

Time: Thursday 3-5pm Location: K’enakatnu 6, 2nd floor

Partners: University of Alaska’s College of Business and Public Policy, Alaska Native Corporations, State of Alaska

Panelists will share success stories and innovative approaches to in-state investments, and will also examine what policy changes are needed to improve ANCs’ ability to stimulate Alaska’s economy. The panelists will highlight development in rural Alaska, which faces high rates of unemployment and are some of the most economically depressed areas in our country.

The moderator of this workshop will be Sheri Buretta, Chairman, Chugach Alaska Corporation. Panelists will include Jason Metrokin, President & CEO of Bristol Bay Native Corporation; Maver Carey, President & CEO of The Kuskokwim Corporation; and Carl Marrs, CEO of Old Harbor Native Corporation.


Justice for Alaska Natives

Time: Thursday 3-5pm Location: Tubughnenq 3-5, 2nd floor

Partners: Alaska Native Justice Center, Alaska Criminal Justice Commission, Alaska Legal Services Corporation

Alaska’s justice system disproportionately confines Alaska Natives and exercises control over their lives with probation and parole supervision.  The prison and probation population has grown significantly over the last decade, and is projected to keep growing.

In the first part of this workshop, we will learn what’s driving the growth in Alaska’s prison population, with a special focus on Alaska Natives, and the cost to all of us if the prison population continues to grow un-checked. Terry Schuster from the Pew Charitable Trusts will also describe the current work of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission. The Commission will use recent state data and national research to propose reforms to state laws and practices for the 2015 Legislative Session.

In the second part of this workshop, we will hear from a panel of experts about efforts already underway in Alaska communities, courts and Corrections to reform the traditional (Western) criminal justice model. In the last third of this program, Greg Razo, AFN Board member and a member of the Alaska Criminal Justice Commission, will engage Convention attendees in a conversation about the focus of a potential AFN resolution in support of justice reform.


Building Capacity in Co-management

Time: Thursday 3-5pm Location: Kahtnu 1-2, 2nd floor

Partners: AVCP, TCC, Afognak, North Slope Borough, Landye Bennett Blumstein LLP

This workshop will focus on how Alaska Native groups can build capacity to grow co-management projects with the state and federal governments, for the advancement of Alaska Native management of traditional and customary fish and wildlife resources critical to the well-being of Alaska Native communities, and for the improvement of resource management for all of Alaska.  The workshop will provide a brief overview of the status of co-management in Alaska today, and explore opportunities, tools, and resources to further build Alaska Native capacity for increased co-management.

Opportunities for “Co-management” include, but are not limited to: increasing ANILCA Section 809 Agreements with Alaska Native organizations; increasing Annual Funding Agreements under Title IV of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, where self-governance Tribal Governments /Organization can undertake programs, functions, services and activities on behalf of non-BIA Department of Interior Agencies; MOUs/MOAs with the State of Alaska Department of Fish and Game; adopting Private Lands Wildlife Management programs; and drafting new legislation which allows for co-management.  Panelists will include Victor Joseph, President and Chairman of Tanana Chiefs Conference; Myron Naneng, President of the Association of Village Council Presidents; Taqulik Hepa, Director of the North Slope Borough Department of Wildlife Management; and Howard Valley, Lands and Timber Executive for Afognak Native Corporation.

Additional work sessions: 

Click here for full descriptions. 
  • Up Close with Keynote Speakers
Time: Thursday 10:40am-11:30am Location: Tubughnenq 3
  • Small Business Administration Workshop

Time: Thursday 10am-12pm Location: Tubughnenq 4 

  • ANLPAC Language Workshop and Listening Session

Time: Thursday 10:50am-11:30am Location: Tubughnenq 5

  • Veterans Workshop - Alaska Native Health Board, US Department of Veterans Affairs

Time: Friday 10am-12pm Location: Kahtnu 1

  • ICWA - Alaska Legal Services Corporation, TCC

Time: Friday 9am-11am Location: Tubughnenq 5

  • CEO and Board Perspectives on Cybersecurity - Alaska Communications

Time: Friday 1pm-2:30pm Location: Kahtnu 1

  • Federal Communications Commission Workshops: Overview of the Federal Universal Service Fund Program and How to obtain a radio Broadcast License with the FCC’s Tribal Priority and how to run a radio station

Time: Friday 9am-12pm Location: Tubughnenq 3

  • Existing Models to Improve Consultation Procedures for Alaska Native Tribes and Tribally Authorized Organizations

Time: Friday 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Location: Kahtnu 1

  • Federal Communications Commission Learning Lab

Time: Saturday 9am-3pm Location: Tubughnenq 3

  • What Can I do Today to Reduce my Energy Costs? - Alaska Energy Authority

Time: Saturday 9am-12pm Location: Tubughnenq 4

  • Arctic Council: Promoting Community & Mental Well Being and Exploring Renewable Energy
Time: Saturday 9:00 - 9:30am Location: TBD
  • President’s Award Winners Reception

Time: Saturday 2pm-4pm Location: Kahtnu 1

  • American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association break-out session

Time: Saturday 2pm-3pm Location: Tubughnenq 4

  • Veterans’ Hospitality Room

Time: Friday 9am-11:30am and 1:30pm-4pm, Saturday 9am-3pm Location: Kahtnu 2

  • Elizabeth Peratrovich Legal Clinic

Time: Friday 10am-3pm Location: K’enakatnu 6

  • Health Fair

Time: Thursday 9am-5pm, Friday 9am-4pm Location: 2nd Floor

Click here for more information.



The Alaska Federation of Natives was formed in October 1966, when more than 400 Alaska Natives representing 17 Native organizations gathered for a three-day conference to address Alaska Native aboriginal land rights. It is now the largest statewide Native organization in Alaska. Its membership includes 165 federally-recognized tribes, 146 village corporations, 12 regional corporations, and 12 regional nonprofit and tribal consortium's that contract and compact to run federal and state programs. AFN is governed by a 38-member Board, which is elected by its membership at the annual convention held each October. The mission of AFN is to enhance and promote the cultural, economic and political voice of the entire Alaska Native community. Learn more at www.nativefederation.org.

Copyright © 2015 Alaska Federation of Natives, All rights reserved.


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