Iditarod Sled Dog Race champion Pete Kaiser, a Bethel musher of Yup’ik descent, will deliver the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention keynote address. The event set for Oct. 17-19 in Fairbanks.
Kaiser, the winner of Iditarod 2019, who has run every Iditarod since 2010, is also a four-time winner of the Kuskokwim 300 Sled Dog Race. He was the first musher from western Alaska to win the race since John Baker of Kotzebue won in 2011.
“Good Government, Alaskan Driven” is the theme of this year’s convention, reflecting the basic necessity of sound, fact-based government policy in the midst of the state’s current fiscal issues, AFN officials said.
The annual convention, billed as the largest representative annual gathering in the United States of Native peoples, serves as the principal forum and voice for the Alaska Native community in addressing public policy and government issues.