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Alaska Federation of Natives convention to return to Fairbanks in 2013

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Posted: Friday, December 7, 2012 6:30 am

FAIRBANKS — The Alaska Federation of Natives board of directors voted Thursday to bring the organization’s annual convention to Fairbanks in October 2013.

The major annual multi-day event typically is held in Anchorage and draws 4,000 to 5,000 people from throughout Alaska.

The AFN website states the event is the largest gathering of its kind in the country and includes many events ranging from cultural performances to discussion of current events and issues.

AFN held its convention in Fairbanks in 2005, 2007 and 2010, and a Fairbanks delegation attended the meeting in Anchorage to make the pitch to make Fairbanks a regular host for the event.

Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor Luke Hopkins’ chief of staff, Jeff Jacobsen, said the announcement is good news.

“Any time our community has the opportunity to showcase Interior Alaska to other residents of the state is valuable,” he said. “It’s also beneficial for our local residents to participate with AFN convention activities without having to travel. We’ve been very welcoming to the delegates of the AFN delegation, and we look forward to welcoming them warmly in October of 2013.”

Contact staff writer Matt Buxton at 459-7544.

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