A protest is planned for Saturday, June 26, outside the Alaska Native Heritage Center near Anchorage, which is hosting a drag queen event for young children.

The protest, which runs 5:30-7 p.m., is being organized by local Alaska Natives who disagree with the radical stance that Heritage Center leadership has embraced.

Protesters will meet at the Heritage Center sign, just off of Muldoon across the street from the Tikatnu Movie parking lot. All Alaskans, Native and others are invited to participate.

“Drag Queens are targeting Alaskan Native children at ANHC (Alaska Native Heritage Center) with liberal sexual propaganda,” a notice for the protest states. “Alaskan Native cultural and religious traditions are rooted in well-defined gender roles and family values. The Protect Our Children and Heritage Rally stands against contemporary colonial attempts to confuse and indoctrinate vulnerable Alaskan Native children away from their heritage and Elder teachings.”

Attendees are invited to bring signs and posters. Those who are Alaska Native are asked to wear their Native regalia.

Established 22 years ago by the Alaska Federation of Natives with the core mission to preserve and strengthen the “traditions, languages, and art of Alaska’s Native People,” the Alaska Native Heritage Center agreed to the drag queen event as part of its youth programming for children. The June 26 event features three hypersexualized drag queens who will push “fluidity of gender concepts,” to children during a two-hour free public “story hour” that runs from 7-9 p.m.

The event is a collaboration between Alaska Native Heritage Center and Native Movement – a group that promotes Marxist ideas about wealth and land redistribution, dismantling of private property ownership and ending capitalism. It also pushes extreme environmentalist views such as the Green New Deal, attacks traditional views of human sexuality and embraces critical race theory.

The event is described as an occasion that “celebrates gender equality through inclusive activities connecting traditional values to the present. To incentivize attendance, families that agree to attend the event will receive $50 gift cards. The event is being underwritten, in part, by funds from the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services.

The featured drag queens go by the sexualized names of Ivanna Kishacok, Golden Delicious, De La Rosa.

Typically, Heritage Center youth programming focuses on Alaska Native practices, languages, beliefs, art and history. It’s not clear how the drag performers fit into the center’s youth activities, which according to its website exist to empower future generation to “steward and promote Alaska Native culture and tradition.”

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Alaska Natives to protest Drag Queen story hour at AK Native Heritage Center

Joel Davidson
Joel is Editor-in-Chief of the Alaska Watchman. Joel is an award winning journalist and has been reporting for over 24 years, He is a proud father of 8 children, and lives in Palmer, Alaska.