FAIRBANKS- The annual Rural Providers’ Conference that brings together members of the sobriety movement ended today. The Tanana Chiefs Conference has hosted the event for two years to support Interior residents fighting addictions. The conference moves around the state and Nome will host it in the coming years. The final action this year was the annual Staking Ceremony. Each participant placed a stake in the ground - a symbol of their commitment to sobriety. While many people placed stakes, there was a special group called “stakeholders” who were recognized for their ongoing work. Organizers gave the small group of stakeholders gifts of thanks because they will continue to pray for group healing after the conference.