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Alaska Federation of Natives 2009 Convention Oct. 22-24 in Anchorage

The Alaska Federation of Natives will hold its 2009 Convention on Thursday, Friday and Saturday - October 22, 23 and 24, at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.

The theme of this year's Convention is "Northern Dreams: Our Historic Journey Continues." Delegates from regional for-profit and non-profit corporations and from village tribes and corporations will attend.

The Convention is open to the public at no charge, and everyone is invited to attend.

The Keynote Address will be delivered jointly by veteran Native leader Willie Hensley and his daughter, Elizabeth Hensley.

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.on Friday, October 23, members of the Alaska State Senate and the Alaska State House of Representative will hold an official Legislative Hearing (on the public record) regarding the crisis of rural energy.

Other Convention features include a trade fair with 100 exhibit tables; "Quyana Night" dance performances at 7 p.m. Thursday (10/22) and Friday (10/23); AFN awards for outstanding achievements; addresses by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan, by Governor Sean Parnell, and by all three members of Alaska's Congressional Delegation; gavel-to-gavel radio and TV coverage throughout Alaska, as well as web-streaming to any Internet connection in the world; and a closing reception at 6 p.m. and banquet from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, October 24.

Arts and crafts sales tables will be open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday, October 22 and 23; and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, October 24.

Convention-week activities began on Monday and Tuesday, October 19 and 20, with the annual AFN Elders and Youth Conference (also at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center), planned and operated by First Alaskans Institute.

For more 2009 AFN convention information go online.

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