Anchorage fears loss of Alaska Native convention

Tourism officials in Anchorage are trying hard to prevent the Alaska Federation of Natives from moving its annual convention.

The meeting, held every October, draws 4,000 to 6,000 people to the city. It has an economic impact of $4.1 million.

AFN, however, is considering a move to Fairbanks in response to concerns that the city isn't welcoming for Natives. Fairbanks could see a $4.8 million to $5.2 million boost in its economy.

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AFN vote threatens to move convention (The Anchorage Daily News 3/13)

Relevant Links:
Alaska Federation of Natives -

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