ANCHORAGE - The annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention gave a lift to businesses in downtown Anchorage this weekend.
The convention is the largest Native gathering in the state. For three days Alaska Natives, elders and youth from across Alaska took over the Dena'ina Center in downtown Anchorage and then headed out to city shops and restaurants.
Fairbanks will host the convention in 2010. Organizers said it's is a more central location, which makes it more accessible to thousands of visitors from 178 villages