As the state’s largest Alaska Native organization closed out its 57th annual convention in Anchorage on Saturday, it called on Congress to expand subsistence protections amid a court battle with the state over fishing rights.
The Alaska Federation of Natives also voted to support the continuation of Alaska’s open primary and ranked-choice voting system.
The group’s resolution said the system provides more opportunities for Alaska Natives to run for office and get elected, in part because it supports individual views over extreme partisanship.
Bob Sam, from Sitka, left, and Lemmie Charlie, from Chistochina, sit on a bench during a lunch break at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023 at the Dena'ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage. (Loren Holmes / ADN)