This year’s AFN was a good one. I am always delighted to attend this important event every year. This is the largest annual gathering of Alaska Natives and according to the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau, about 4,200 people visited Anchorage for AFN while the First Alaskans Institute expected about 1,300 for the Youth & Elders Conference. My family and staff like to take this time as an opportunity to see friends scattered across Alaska and to see constituents from the district and hear their concerns. This event is also important because it allows for Alaskan Natives statewide to come together and combine political influence through the AFN’s 37-member board representing nearly 180 villages. It’s always interesting to see what comes of the convention and I look forward to the resolutions AFN passes and sends to the legislature.