Saturday, September 30, 2023, 5p – 11p
Alaska Native Heritage Center – 8800 Heritage Center Dr, Anchorage, AK 99504
A fundraiser to support the Hawaii Community Foundation’s Maui Strong Fund. The fund is providing financial resources to support the immediate and long-term recovery needs for the people and places affected by the devastating Maui wildfires.
Food trucks, cake auction, silent auction, Hawaiian dance performances, and H3. All of the proceeds will go directly to the Maui Strong Fund. If you cannot attend the concert, you can still make a donation to Maui Strong Fund.
On October 15-18, 2023, we celebrate the 40th Annual First Alaskans Institute Statewide Elders & Youth Conference (Elders & Youth; EY), we will be hosting in-person in Dgheyey Kaq’ at the Dena’ina Center. Elders & Youth is open to all who want to learn and immerse in a gathering that centers our Elders and our youth inNative ways of knowing and being. In order to participate, you must register and agree to the rules that help keep our conference safe for our Elders and our youth. READ MORE
After 15 years of service with First Alaskans Institute for our Alaska Native community, the FAI Board of Trustees announces that La quen náay Liz Medicine Crow will be transitioning out of the President/CEO role by the end of 2023.
“When we first envisioned the potential of First Alaskans Institute, we always imagined an expansive body of work that could live up to our vision of progress for the next 10,000 years. Since our inception, we have helped to elevate almost 400 Summer Interns, nearly 100 Fellows, over 60,000 Alaskans in dialogues and gatherings, and have hosted the Statewide Elders & Youth Conference for 20 years – that’s an average of 2500 people every year for 20 years! We invest in our people, our communities, and our younger leaders in ways that make it possible to achieve that 10,000 year vision. And for the past 15 years – 11 as our President/CEO – La quen náay and the amazing staff of First Alaskans have advanced this vision by centering Native peoples, our knowledges, our truths, our love for who we are, and the critical connection between our Native peoples and our homelands. On behalf of our Board of Trustees, we wish her well on the next chapter of her service to our Native peoples,” said Willie Iġġiaġruk Hensley (Iñupiaq), Board Chair. Read the full announcement here.
First Alaskans Magazine is pleased to offer you this free edition focusing on a remembrance of Joe Senungetuk, a new cargo program for back haul out of Nome, a report on the Tribal Clean Energy Summit, Native artist, Crystal Worl’s design of an Alaska Airlines aircraft, Book reviews from Native authors and other stories from around the state of Alaska.
To increase readership and access, we are currently offering the magazine free of charge. In lieu of paid “subscriptions”, we are offering you the ability to become a supporter. In addition, we are launching a new online ad sales process in June to make it easier for advertisers to select from a menu of options for future editions.
Native Minds Shaping Our Future. Connecting people and ideas producing knowledge that can be used to understand and improve the lives of Alaska Natives and all Alaskans.
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Moananuiākea Voyage: A Voyage for Oceans, A Voyage for Earth
Polynesian Voyaging Society (PVS) is launching their next major voyage and educational campaign called Moananuiākea Voyage: A Voyage for Oceans, A Voyage for Earth from Alaska upon the Hōkūle’a, the original wa’a built to reignite their voyaging renaissance. This voyage will circumnavigate the Pacific Ocean over the next four years drawing attention to the vital role our ocean plays in the well-being of the world and connecting the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific to amplify our collective role and power in caring for our world. READ MORE
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Elders & Youth Conference Registration is Open
Our 40th Annual Statewide Elders & Youth Conference will be held at the Dena’ina Conference Center in Anchorage, AK on October 15-18, 2023.
Let it be that we heal each other
Elders & Youth is open to all who want to learn and immerse in a gathering that centers our Elders and our youth inNative ways of knowing and being. In order to participate, you must register and agree to the rules that help keep our conference safe for our Elders and our youth.
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Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala
The Smokehouse Gala is our signature fundraiser that celebrates our Indigeneity in beautiful and innovative ways while uplifting Alaska Native peoples and friends who work to advance our ways of life.
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