AFN Sponsors Essay Contest

The Alaska Federation of Natives is partnering with the National Congress of American Indians to sponsor an essay contest open to all Native thinkers.

UPDATE: (Oct. 22, 2009)

During the its October convention in Anchorage, Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) President Julie Kitka announced the names of seven Native Insight Competition winners, who will receive $10,000 each.

Winning Essays (PDF)

Among the winners included:


  • Harold Frank Jr, “Renewing Our Future”. Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribe of Alaska. Ellensburg, Wash.
  • Methanie Ongtooguk, “America and the Whale: Strengthened Economy through Smaller Community”. Kotzebue/Fairbanks. Fairbanks, Alaska.
  • Charles W. Ralston, “Alaska Native Corporations Can Provide International Benefits Through Marketing Carbon Offset”. Nulato Tribal Council (Nulato, AK) and Doyon Ltd. (Fairbanks,AK). Arcata, Calif.

Suzanna Caldwell, APRN – Anchorage

Download Audio (MP3)