WASHINGTON D.C. –
The Alaska Federation of Natives honored U.S. Senator Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii) yesterday with its Denali Award. The award is the Federation’s top honor for non-Alaska Native individuals who have contributed to the growth and development of the Alaska Native Community’s culture, economy, and health.
“I am deeply honored and truly touched to receive this meaningful Denali award, and I am humbled to be the first person from outside of Alaska to be presented with it.” said Senator Akaka. “Throughout my career, the Hawaii and Alaska Congressional delegations have worked in support of each other, to advance issues important to each of our non-contiguous states. Especially for our Native peoples.
“I believe that it is critical that all Native Americans — American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians — continue to stand together, and move forward together, to advance Native sovereignty and self-determination in the United States.
“As I prepare to leave Congress this January after 36 years of service, I am confident this bond will remain strong—and the close cooperation and partnership between Hawaii and Alaska will continue.”
Today, Senator Akaka, who chairs the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, will address the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention at in the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center at 1:30 p.m. Alaska Time (11:30 a.m. Hawaii Time, 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time). A live stream is available here: LINK
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