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FAIRBANKS - Village survival is the big issue at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention opening Thursday in Fairbanks.
Marlene Johnson, who helped organize the first AFN gathering in 1966, told KTUU-TV the economic stability of village life depends on subsistence hunting and fishing rights.
The three-day convention is the state's largest annual gathering of Alaska Native leaders and village delegates.
Delegates are scheduled to hear from officials including Gov. Sean Parnell, Rep. Don Young and Sen. Lisa Murkowski.