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First Alaskans Institute to Host First Annual Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA – First Alaskans Institute (FAI) is proud to announce their first annual signature event—The Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala, to be held at 7 p.m. at the Hilton Anchorage on November 30, 2012, the final evening of Alaska Native Heritage Month.

“The Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala is an event to remember those who have helped us, show our young people that we believe in them and share the pride in our cultures,” said Willie “Iggiagruk” Hensley, FAI Board Chair.

The Gala recognizes the incredible contributions of Howard Rock (Inupiaq) and Ted Stevens to the Alaska Native community as both men served as lifetime champions for Alaska Native rights.

The event is also named after the smokehouse, a valuable utility shared among Alaska Native cultural groups, which symbolizes the inherent connection among Alaska Native peoples and traditions.

FAI seeks to honor Alaska Native peoples and friends who have made important contributions to the advancement and vibrancy of Alaska Native peoples, cultures and communities. Proceeds from the Gala will benefit FAI programs, such as the Elders & Youth Conference, internships for emerging Native leaders, First Alaskans Magazine and community partnerships.

The Gala will feature a five-course, indigenized dinner menu, live performances and a silent and live auction. Tables can be purchased online at thesmokehousegala.org or by calling FAI at (907) 677-1700.

Through work in three major initiative areas—Leadership Development, the Alaska Native Policy Center and Community Engagement—First Alaskans Institute, a statewide Native non-profit, strives to develop the capacities of Alaska Native peoples and our communities to meet the social, economic and educational challenges of the future, while fostering positive relationships among all segments of our society.

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