Doyon Shareholders Shine at 2017 AFN Convention
Picture Above: TCC President Victor Joseph and friends and family of Kelly Shewfelt Turner accept the AFN President’s Award for Public Service on Turner’s behalf.
Strength in Unity: Leadership – Partnerships – Social Justice was the theme of the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) convention, which took place October 19 – 21 in Anchorage, Alaska.
The three-day event was at the end of a busy week that started with the First Alaskans Institute’s Elders & Youth Conference. Thousands of people gathered at the Dena’ina Center to learn about issues affecting Alaska Natives, hear from state and federal government officials, adopt resolutions, shop for arts and crafts, and visit with family and friends.
The keynote speakers of the AFN convention were Col. Wayne Don of the Alaska Air National Guard and Sgt. Jody Potts, Tanana Chiefs Conference’s (TCC) director of public safety.
Potts is Han Gwich’in, enrolled to the Native Village of Eagle and is a Doyon, Limited shareholder. In 2015, she was the keynote speaker for Doyon’s annual meeting of shareholders. She serves on the Governor’s Tribal Advisory Council and is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in applied indigenous studies with an emphasis in environmental management. Potts is also the proud mother of three shareholders: Isaiah, Quannah and Denali, all of whom accompany her on adventures in Alaska and throughout the world, including several triathlons.
Kelly Shewfelt Turner, another Doyon shareholder, was the recipient of the AFN President’s Award for Public Service. Turner, the 2017 Gin’tith (Richard Frank) Military Service Award recipient, was honored for her exemplary service in the Air National Guard for over 20 years.
Throughout her career, Turner has been recognized for her leadership qualities and dedication to her nation. Maintaining a work-life balance is important for Turner and her husband, Benjamin, as they raise their two daughters, Kamryn and Brianna. As Turner was unable to attend the ceremony, Victor Joseph, TCC president, and close friend, Jessica Black, accepted the award on Turner’s behalf.
During the convention, Ana Hoffman, Bethel Native Corporation President/CEO was re-elected as co-chair of the AFN board. Hoffman will serve alongside Doyon shareholder and executive director of TCC’s tribal and government services, Will Mayo.
More information about the 2017 AFN convention can be found at www.nativefederation.org.