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Sen. Bishop Welcomes Alaska Federation of Natives to Fairbanks

The Alaska Federation of Natives meet in Fairbanks this week to host their 47th annual meeting

Fairbanks – The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) will be holding their annual convention in Fairbanks this week to discuss current events and issues. The convention is the largest representative annual gathering of Native peoples in the United States.

“It is a great pleasure for me to welcome the Alaska Federation of Natives to Fairbanks for their 47th Annual Meeting,” Senator Click Bishop (R-Fairbanks) said. “I was pleased to hear that AFN had chosen, once again, to hold their annual convention here in Fairbanks, the great Interior. Over the years, the AFN Annual Convention has become not only an important meeting for establishing the political and business priorities for Alaska’s first people, but has also become critical in reaffirming the social and cultural bonds that all Alaska Natives share.”

This year’s AFN Convention theme is “Traditional Family Values,” which will spur discussion toward possible solutions for the challenges facing Alaska native communities.

“It is with our cultural bonds in mind that I applaud the Federation’s decision to recognize “Traditional Family Values” as this year’s convention theme,” Senator Bishop said. “Those same traditional family values have served the Native community so well over the years. As I travelled throughout rural Alaska, the traditional values — encompassing respect for family, hard work, and a determined perseverance — were evident in every community I had the privilege to have lived or worked in. These are values we all share, and which we can and should continue to live by every day. I wish the Alaska Federation of Natives a safe and successful convention, and look forward to visiting with all my friends and family from across the state.”

The AFN Convention will commence Thursday, October 24 at the Carlson Center.

For more information, please contact Peter Fellman in Senator Bishop’s Fairbanks office at 907-456-8161.

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