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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


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.


Fall 2022 edition available now!

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First Alaskans Magazine is pleased to offer you this free edition focusing on community response to Typhoon Merbok, a tannery, languages, Congresswoman Mary Peltola, Tribal government, cultural tourism, Tribal consultations for 8(a) BD program, healing, and  book reviews.

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Alaska Native Policy Center

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.

Compacting in Alaska – information and resources.

Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT). Learn more about our TRHT work here (How We Heal Toolkit).


• Sign up for the Alaska Youth Voting Challenge!


Leadership Development

Helping to develop the
next generation of Alaska Native leadership, ensuring that they are connected to their culture and each other.

• FAI’s Summer Internship application period is now open. Apply Here

  • Summer Internship Program – places Alaska Native, American Indian, Indigenous and rural community members and students into organizations around Alaska to provide leadership growth and employment experience and exploration around the state (approx. 10 weeks from June – August).

• Elders & Youth Conference  Call for Proposals

Our 40th Annual Statewide Elders & Youth Conference will be held at the Dena’ina Conference Center in Anchorage, AK on October 15-18, 2023. 

We invite our Native language Teachers, Artists, Writers, Cooks, Culture Bearers and Providers, Elders, Community Organizations, Leaders, Dance Groups and Performers to engage and share by submitting a brief proposal of what you would be interested in sharing. 

Learn more by following these links below:

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY: Knowing, Living & Loving Our Ways of Life Support Fund.


Community Investments

Our commitment to highlighting and supporting what is working well in Alaska, funding projects that promote healthy and thriving communities, and publishing the First Alaskans Magazine.

Announcing the 2022 Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala Awardees!

• First Alaskans Magazine goes digital!

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