Pitney delivers address at Alaska Federation of Natives

Oct. 21, 2022

The Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention is the largest representative annual gathering in the United States of any Native peoples. Each year, the AFN Convention draws some 6,000 attendees. The proceedings are broadcast live statewide, and webcast to 70 countries worldwide. This year’s theme is “Celebrating Our Unity.” 

UA President Pat Pitney spoke at 2:25 p.m. at the Dena'ina Center, in Anchorage, just prior to The Future of Alaska Native Education discussion. 

In her remarks she addressed the university’s response to typhoon Merbok; highlighted the Alaska Native Success Initiative; addressed the critical need for broadband Internet across the state; discussed the positive impact of dual enrollment programs for rural and Alaska Native students; highlights initiatives across the university system to support Indigenous staff, faculty and students; honors recent Alaska Native faculty promotions and recent doctoral graduates; and calls out the need for continued partnerships to achieve our goals for Alaska Native success.