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2016 AFN Convention has strong online presence


Fairbanks, Alaska (AK) – This year Fairbanks will host the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention, which is the largest annual gathering of Alaska Native peoples and the largest convention in Alaska, drawing more than 4,000 people from around the state.


There is a website along with a Facebook page to welcome and inform participants of the 2016 Alaska Federation of Natives Convention and the Elders and Youth Conference that will be held in Fairbanks this October. Current information on lodging reservations, transportation options, attractions and other convention-related resources, along with photographs and topical posts are now available via Facebook.com/AFNConventionFairbanks and online at afnfairbanks.com.


These sites are initiatives of Explore Fairbanks and the Native Leadership & Community Committee (NLCC), a Fairbanks-based group composed of Interior Alaska Native leaders and community. Members and representatives of these two entities are also coordinating 10 committees and subcommittees working together on the local logistics of hosting AFN in Fairbanks.


NLCC and Explore Fairbanks are coordinating with the Alaska Federation of Natives organization to share information about Fairbanks with their membership and to assure that participants know they are welcome. These groups are working together to make sure the website and Facebook page will contain the most up-to-date planning information. In addition, the AFN Convention Fairbanks Facebook page will be offering promotional prizes in order to entice people to the sites.


The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) is the largest statewide Native organization in Alaska. Its membership includes 178 villages (both federally-recognized tribes and village corporations), 13 regional Native corporations and 12 regional nonprofit and tribal consortiums that contract and run federal and state programs. The First Alaskans Institute will host the 2016 Elders and Youth Conference from October 17-19 at the Carlson Center followed by the AFN Convention which will take place from October 20-22.


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