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Gavel-to-Gavel for AFN 2014

Steve Ginnis at AFN 2014

A special highlight of KNOM’s broadcast schedule and news reporting this autumn was the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) convention, held in late October in downtown Anchorage.

Through your support, we sent news director Matthew Smith to report on this vital annual gathering of Alaska Native representatives from throughout our state, while, in Nome, we aired gavel-to-gavel coverage of the event.

Governor Parnell signs Alaska Native language bill at AFN 2014

At this year’s AFN convention, Representative Jonathan Kreiss-Tomkins of Sitka, Nome’s Bernadette Yaayuk Alvanna-Stimpfle, and others look on as Governor Sean Parnell signs a bill into law making 20 Alaska Native languages into official state languages. (Photo: Matthew F. Smith, KNOM.)

We’d urge you to visit our news page to browse Matthew’s news dispatches from AFN 2014. Among other topics, his stories detailed the signing of a bill recognizing Alaska Native languages as official state languages, as well as serious discussions on security for subsistence foods and Alaska’s changing climate (pictured above). Thanks for making it possible!