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HONOLULU – The Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement will coordinate a cultural exchange by Native Hawaiian leaders in Anchorage, Alaska, as part of the nonprofit’s Leadership Network Program. In June, CNHA member leaders will engage with Alaska Native leaders around a variety of community development strategies deployed by Native controlled and focused organizations.

CNHA operates its Leadership Network Program each year to build relationships and strengthen community and policy efforts for Native Hawaiians.

“These opportunities are vital for our members as it allows us to connect resources with other Native leaders, and to share best practices in education and cultural programs,” said Robin Puanani Danner, CNHA president and CEO. “We want to facilitate the connection of our leadership and practitioners here in Hawaii with Native leaders around the country.”

Through support in part from the Office of Innovation and Improvement of the U.S. Department of Education, and its Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations, also known as ECHO, a small delegation of Native Hawaiians will make the trek to Anchorage.

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“We know that it is our people, our practitioners that make great things happen in our communities,” Danner said. “These leader-to-leader projects are powerful in building life-long organizational relationships that benefit both Native groups.”

The June 2009 project will feature coordinated site visits to Native villages, tribal governments and Alaska Native charter schools.