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New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history
New face of Bureau of Indian Affairs returns to Alaska after making history (October 16, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs for the Trump administration, is back home in Alaska.


Native elders and youth gather for annual conference in Alaska
Native elders and youth gather for annual conference in Alaska (October 16, 2018)

Thousands are attending the 35th annual Elders and Youth Conference, hosted by the First Alaskans Institute.


Justice Brett Kavanaugh's impact on Indian Country
Justice Brett Kavanaugh's impact on Indian Country (October 15, 2018)

The recently confirmed Supreme Court justice was heavily opposed by Indigenous leaders.


Judge strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act in contested ruling
Judge strikes down Indian Child Welfare Act in contested ruling (October 5, 2018)

Tribes are preparing for a big battle after a federal judge struck down the Indian Child Welfare Act in a case many believe is headed to the Supreme Court.


Twenty congressional districts where #NativeVote18 could make all the difference
Twenty congressional districts where #NativeVote18 could make all the difference (October 2, 2018)

There are at least 20 congressional districts where the Native Vote tops one percent of potential voters.


Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy
Supreme Court takes up Indian law petitions amid major controversy (September 24, 2018)

With a high-stakes nomination in doubt, the Supreme Court is preparing for a term that's already going to be a busy one for tribal interests.


'No reason for any further delay': Key Republican on Brett Kavanaugh
'No reason for any further delay': Key Republican on Brett Kavanaugh (September 19, 2018)

With his Indian law record in doubt, President Trump's nominee to the Supreme Court is confronting a sexual assault allegation.


Court strikes down landmark Indian Child Welfare Act ruling
Court strikes down landmark Indian Child Welfare Act ruling (September 18, 2018)

A federal appeals court has delivered a major blow to tribes and parents who have been seeking to protect their children.


'Blatant discrimination': Native voters face barriers at ballot box
'Blatant discrimination': Native voters face barriers at ballot box (July 18, 2018)

Native Americans have been 'systematically denied access to fair representation' as a result of persistent barriers to voting.


'Shake it up': Bureau of Indian Affairs undergoes change in the Trump era
'Shake it up': Bureau of Indian Affairs undergoes change in the Trump era (July 10, 2018)

Key lawmakers have described the Bureau of Indian Affairs as lacking 'leadership' and even being 'in complete disarray.'


Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era
Bureau of Indian Affairs finally lands a leader in the Trump era (June 29, 2018)

More than 18 months into the Trump administration, the Bureau of Indian Affairs finally has a new leader and it's a historic choice.


Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing
Bureau of Indian Affairs nominee finally lands confirmation hearing (May 1, 2018)

Tara Sweeney, the Trump administration's nominee to lead the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is finally getting her day on Capitol Hill.


Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council welcomes First Nation to group
Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council welcomes First Nation to group (February 26, 2018)

The Rocky Mountain Tribal Leaders Council has welcomed a new member from the north.


Supreme Court passes on climate change case that drew tribal interest
Supreme Court passes on climate change case that drew tribal interest (January 23, 2018)

The U.S. Supreme Court won't be hearing a climate change dispute that drew intense interest among Alaska Natives.


President Trump warned not to revert to non-Native name for Alaska's highest peak
President Trump warned not to revert to non-Native name for Alaska's highest peak (October 25, 2017)

It looks like Denali, the Native name for Alaska's highest peak, is safe under the Trump administration. For now.


National Congress of American Indians backs Native component for trade agreement
National Congress of American Indians backs Native component for trade agreement (October 24, 2017)

The National Congress of American Indians is joining its sister organization across the northern border in seeking a Native component for the North American Free Trade Agreement.


Mark Trahant: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns
Mark Trahant: Native candidates cross Indian Country to raise money for campaigns (October 23, 2017)

We have the first round of campaign finance reports out and there are seven Native American candidates for Congress, three Republicans and four Democrats.


Alaska tribes enter new era with first land-into-trust application
Alaska tribes enter new era with first land-into-trust application (October 20, 2016)

The Bureau of Indian Affairs is ready to help tribes in Alaska restore their homelands.


Native leaders in Alaska endorse Hillary Clinton in historic move
Native leaders in Alaska endorse Hillary Clinton in historic move (October 20, 2016)

The Alaska Federation of Natives is taking a stand as politicians flock to the organization's annual convention.


Alaska Natives welcome removal of 'Eskimo' from federal laws
Alaska Natives welcome removal of 'Eskimo' from federal laws (May 24, 2016)

Native scholars said the word was brought in by outsiders and is not an accurate description of their people.


Alaska Natives seek fair consideration of Supreme Court nominee
Alaska Natives seek fair consideration of Supreme Court nominee (March 14, 2016)

President Barack Obama is reportedly close to announcing his pick for the nation's highest court.


Mark Trahant: A new era of reconciliation emerges in Canada
Mark Trahant: A new era of reconciliation emerges in Canada (November 9, 2015)

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered the message that Aboriginal Canadians are significant intellectual contributors to Canada’s political discourse.


Suicide raised as major issue during NCAI's annual convention
Suicide raised as major issue during NCAI's annual convention (October 20, 2015)

One elder wondered why the largest inter-tribal organization in the lower 48 failed to put suicide on the agenda for its annual meeting.


Mark Trahant: Alaska's reluctant pursuit of justice for Native men
Mark Trahant: Alaska's reluctant pursuit of justice for Native men (October 19, 2015)

The Fairbanks Four case is more than an injustice. It represents the contradiction that is Alaska; a state of extraordinary beauty, many remarkable people of all races, and yet, a deep strain of racism.


Alaska Federation of Natives draws big crowd to annual meeting
Alaska Federation of Natives draws big crowd to annual meeting (October 12, 2015)

The First Alaskans Institute kicked off the annual Elders and Youth Conference as the Alaska Federation of Natives prepares for its annual convention.


President Obama restores Alaska Native name of highest peak
President Obama restores Alaska Native name of highest peak (August 31, 2015)

Excitement has been building for the president's extended trip to Alaska, which will include a historic visit to a Native village in the Arctic.


President Obama to visit Native villages on historic trip to Alaska
President Obama to visit Native villages on historic trip to Alaska (August 25, 2015)

The president will be the first to visit the Arctic when he touches down in the Native community of Kotzebue.


Alaska Federation of Natives hosts welcome event for Obama
Alaska Federation of Natives hosts welcome event for Obama (August 17, 2015)

The president will focus on climate change during his first extended visit to the 49th state.


House subcommittee hears views on tribal and Alaska Native bills
House subcommittee hears views on tribal and Alaska Native bills (June 11, 2015)

The hearing lacked the fireworks of the panel's last session but Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) still pushed hard for a Native veterans bill.


Alaska to make changes to Indian Child Welfare Act procedures
Alaska to make changes to Indian Child Welfare Act procedures (April 16, 2015)

The state issued emergency regulations to make it easier for Native families and tribes to join child welfare cases.


Interior Secretary Jewell meets with Alaska Native leadership
Interior Secretary Jewell meets with Alaska Native leadership (February 18, 2015)

The leader of the Interior Department visited to Native villages and met with the Alaska Federation of Natives on her two-day trip.


Alaska Federation of Natives meeting draws big political crowd
Alaska Federation of Natives meeting draws big political crowd (February 9, 2015)

The presence of Interior Secretary Sally Jewell appears to have heightened interest in AFN's winter retreat.


Assembly of First Nations elects Perry Bellegarde as new leader
Assembly of First Nations elects Perry Bellegarde as new leader (December 11, 2014)

The new chief said Canada won't be able to approve energy projects without the consent of First Nations.


Ticket with Native candidate continues preparation in Alaska
Ticket with Native candidate continues preparation in Alaska (November 13, 2014)

Ana Hoffman, an Alaska Native corporation executive, is co-chair of the bipartisan transition team for the governor's office.


Ticket with Native candidate preparing for transition in Alaska
Ticket with Native candidate preparing for transition in Alaska (November 6, 2014)

With every vote on the line, Native villages are playing a key role in the outcome.


Rep. Don Young easily wins re-election despite recent misstep
Rep. Don Young easily wins re-election despite recent misstep (November 5, 2014)

The incumbent Republican will serve a 22nd term as Alaska's sole representative in the U.S. House.


Ticket with Native candidate holds tiny lead for Alaska governor
Ticket with Native candidate holds tiny lead for Alaska governor (November 5, 2014)

Democrat Byron Mallott would serve as lieutenant governor under independent Bill Walker if they win the race.


Sen. Mark Begich trails in contested Senate matchup in Alaska
Sen. Mark Begich trails in contested Senate matchup in Alaska (November 5, 2014)

Less than 4 percentage points separate the incumbent Democrat from Republican Dan Sullivan.


Rodney Pederson: Republicans don't earn rural Alaskan votes
Rodney Pederson: Republicans don't earn rural Alaskan votes (November 3, 2014)

Why Senator Mark Begich and the Bill Walker/Byron Mallott ticket deserve votes from rural Alaska.


Mark Trahant: Alaska Senate race is a real test of Native policy
Mark Trahant: Alaska Senate race is a real test of Native policy (October 29, 2014)

Alaska is a case in point where misleading ads about character are common.


Mark Trahant: Alaska Federation of Natives endorses candidates
Mark Trahant: Alaska Federation of Natives endorses candidates (October 27, 2014)

Alaska Natives for Begich passes out that all important swag at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention. But even more important: The list of early voting locations across the...


Language preservation a top issue as AFN opens annual meet
Language preservation a top issue as AFN opens annual meet (October 24, 2014)

Thousands of Alaska Natives are in Anchorage to express pride and unity in their languages and cultures.


Rep. Don Young to speak to Alaska Natives amid controversy
Rep. Don Young to speak to Alaska Natives amid controversy (October 24, 2014)

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R) has urged the Congressman to apologize for remarks he made about suicide.


President Barack Obama urges early voting for Alaska Natives
President Barack Obama urges early voting for Alaska Natives (October 23, 2014)

Voting is a big issue at the Alaska Federation of Natives conference.


Alaska Federation of Natives ready to open annual convention
Alaska Federation of Natives ready to open annual convention (October 23, 2014)

Some 5,000 people are expected for the event and state politicians are all appearing in hopes of winning votes and endorsements.


Alaska governor to sign Native language bill six months later
Alaska governor to sign Native language bill six months later (October 23, 2014)

The bill that designates 20 Native languages as official was passed in April.


Alaska Native elders and youth share issues at annual meeting
Alaska Native elders and youth share issues at annual meeting (October 22, 2014)

This year's theme is 'Get Up! Stand Up!' and participants are focusing on languages and culture.


Mark Trahant: Alaska Natives ready for conference and election
Mark Trahant: Alaska Natives ready for conference and election (October 21, 2014)

No one thinks of AFN as a small group these days.


Charisse Millett: No politics with signing of Native language bill
Charisse Millett: No politics with signing of Native language bill (September 23, 2014)

Rep. Charisse Millett (R) defends decision to have House Bill 216, which designates 20 Native languages as official in Alaska, signed during the upcoming Alaska Federation of Natives convention.


Group starts dragging of river in search of missing Native women
Group starts dragging of river in search of missing Native women (September 17, 2014)

Volunteers are looking for clues about missing and murdered Native girls and women in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Tribal leaders headed to Capitol Hill to push legislative priorities
Tribal leaders headed to Capitol Hill to push legislative priorities (September 16, 2014)

A fix to the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Carcieri v. Salazar and Native language programs are high on the agenda.


First Nations leader in Manitoba faces scrutiny on spending
First Nations leader in Manitoba faces scrutiny on spending (July 22, 2014)

Grand Chief Stephen Harper used the organization's credit card for guitars, car repairs and flights for his girlfriend.


Assembly of First Nations to elect national chief this December
Assembly of First Nations to elect national chief this December (July 17, 2014)

Former chief Shawn Atleo resigned unexpectedly in May.


Julie Kitka: Alaska must protect voting rights of Native people
Julie Kitka: Alaska must protect voting rights of Native people (June 12, 2014)

Julie Kitka, the president of the Alaska Federation of Natives, says Alaska Natives deserve the right to vote in their own languages.


Editorial: Return to table for reforms of First Nations education
Editorial: Return to table for reforms of First Nations education (May 14, 2014)

Newspaper calls on Native leaders and the Canadian government to return to the table to discuss the future of the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act:


Assembly of First Nations to hold new election for national chief
Assembly of First Nations to hold new election for national chief (May 7, 2014)

The Assembly of First Nations will hold an election to choose a new national chief.


Shawn Atleo steps down as leader of Assembly of First Nations
Shawn Atleo steps down as leader of Assembly of First Nations (May 5, 2014)

Shawn Atleo resigned as chief of the Assembly of First Nations on Friday.


First Nations leaders and activists battle education reform bill
First Nations leaders and activists battle education reform bill (April 30, 2014)

First Nations leaders and Native activists are vowing to do whatever it takes to defeat a controversial education reform measure.


Shawn Atleo: First Nations gain control over educational system
Shawn Atleo: First Nations gain control over educational system (April 14, 2014)

Shawn Atleo, the chief of the Assembly of First Nations, explains why he supports the First Nations Control of First Nations Education Act despite opposition from Native leaders.


Shawn Atleo: First Nations must turn page on residential schools
Shawn Atleo: First Nations must turn page on residential schools (April 3, 2014)

Shawn Atleo, the chief of the Assembly of First Nations, discusses what should happen now that the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada has wrapped up its hearings.