The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) convention gets officially underway tomorrow in Anchorage. But that doesn’t mean that there’s any lack of activities related to the convention going on beforehand. The First Alaskans Institute is sponsoring a series of panel discussions on Native perspectives on statehood, in recognition of the state’s fiftieth anniversary. Byron Maillot, Vic Fisher and Liz Cheney headed a discussion panel in Anchorage aimed at understanding the impact statehood had and continues to have on Natives. Maillot said statehood came at a time when Alaska Natives were discriminated against, therefore they were left out of the process.
Ellen Lockyer, APRN – Anchorage
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