About the Gala
First Alaskans Institute is honored to host our annual signature event—The Howard Rock & Ted Stevens Smokehouse Gala, named in honor of two of our greatest supporters—Howard Rock (Inupiaq), founder and former editor of the Tundra Times, and Ted Stevens, longstanding U.S. Senator for Alaska. Both men championed Alaska Native rights throughout their lives.
The Gala is also titled after the smokehouse, a shared symbol among all Alaska Native cultures. It represents the strength of our ancestral foundation and the promise of our generations yet to come.
The unique and fun-filled evening will include elements of our indigenous cultures as we seek to reflect our cultural values while honoring Alaska Native peoples and our friends. Proceeds from the event benefit First Alaskans Institute, a non-profit, charitable organization committed to the advancement of Alaska Natives and to the values of integrity, respect, Native knowledge and responsibility. Please consider purchasing a table and joining us as we celebrate Alaska Native Heritage Month.