Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly discussed energy and infrastructure development with several Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) at the National 8(a) Association Annual Conference in Anchorage, Alaska on June 23-25.
His hopes for for Navajo businesses to engage in similar government contracting activities as ANCs.
At the conference, Shelly and the Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) President Julie Kitka discussed how the Navajo Nation and the AFN can partner on mutual economic and political issues.
“Partnering for the continued success of our Native people is not just a good thing to do,” Shelly said in a statement. “It’s critical to our survival as we see shrinking federal budgets and detrimental polices and it’s important to coordinate where there is mutual interest.”
The meeting with Tyonek included a village visit to the closed community of Tyonek and a meeting with village tribal leadership.
During his stay, he also toured the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Alaska Tribal Health Consortium.
To keep the ball rolling forward, Shelly plans to attend the AFN annual meeting in October.