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Alaska’s Native Voice (ANV) is a three-part special, which airs annually during KNBA’s gavel-to-gavel broadcast of the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) convention. The program, in its fourth year, features engaging discussions on the top issues facing Alaska Native people. ANV also highlights the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders and Youth Conference, which is held each year in the days prior to AFN. The lunch hour show includes interviews with tribal leaders, conference attendees, and state and federal officials. ANV is hosted and produced by National Native News Anchor Antonia Gonzales and freelance producer Sarah Gustavus.
Thursday, October 15, 2015- Leadership in Alaska Native Communities
Join us as we take a look at how young people and elders approach leadership in their communities. Elders and youth representatives from across the state gather in Anchorage for the First Alaskans Institute’s 2015 Elders and Youth Conference to discuss how they can cherish, protect, reclaim and strengthen Alaska Native Ways of Life. In this hour, we also turn our focus to what tribal leaders are doing to meet the needs of people in their communities as the 2015 Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention begins.
Elisabeth Medicine Crow (Haida,/Tlingit), President/CEO, First Alaskans Institute
Dewey Hoffman (Koyukon Athabascan), Leadership Development Director, First Alaskans Institute
Will Micklin (Tlingit), 1st vice president, Central Council Tlingit and Haida Tribes of Alaska
Friday, October 16, 2015- Using Culture and Identity in Social Movements
How are culture and identity being used to address some of the challenges facing Alaska Native people? Advocates, leaders and educators are utilizing language, culture and identity to tackle substance abuse, depression and other social issues. Native people are also reclaiming their history to make change in their communities. Join us to hear directly from leaders and advocates who are taking on these issues and are seeing positive impacts in Alaska Native lives.
Sven Haakanson (Alutiiq), Curator of Native American anthropology, Burke Museum
Saturday, October 17, 2015- Alaska Native People and the Media
Join us as we look at some recent headlines including President Obama’s Alaska visit. We will discuss a couple recent court cases including a proposed 940 million dollar settlement Alaska tribes are expected to take part in. Reporters from across the state, covering the 2015 Alaska Federation of Natives Annual Convention, will share their thoughts with us.
Lori Townsend, News Director, Alaska Public Radio Network