- Associated Press - Thursday, October 6, 2016

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A yearly conference for Alaska Natives is set to kick off in late November after initially being canceled last month.

The Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Tribal Providers Conference is scheduled to take place Nov. 29 to Dec. 2 at the Dena‘ina Civic and Convention Center in Anchorage.

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski says in a news release that the matter was resolved after she and her staff contacted Department of Interior officials following word about the cancellation. Murkowski says the conference had been canceled because of “logistical problems with a contractor.”

Murkowski says there couldn’t have been a worse time for a cancellation. She noted the widespread interest in such issues as Alaska Native communities now being able place their land in federal trust.

The conference is in its 26th year.

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