Native leaders promise a modern AFN

Leaders of the Alaska Federation of Natives say work is under way to overhaul and modernize the 46-year-old organization.

Saturday’s announcement follows warnings by some AFN member organizations that they might withhold dues unless changes were made.

The Anchorage Daily News says one group – Cook Inlet Tribal Council – has refused to pay convention dues until it sees action on restructuring.

AFN president Julie Kitka says the tribal council is among more than 400 organizations that AFN represents.

Members have called for more tribal seats on the AFN board, changes to the convention voting process and term limits for federation leaders.

The overhaul announcement came on the final day of the annual AFN convention.