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Join us for our 2018 Graduate Reception on Friday, May 4 to celebrate the Doyon Foundation Class of 2018! The event takes place Friday, May 4 at 2 p.m. at the Doyon Industrial Facility at 701 Bidwell Avenue in Fairbanks.

This is our opportunity celebrate the hard work and incredible accomplishments of our students who are at the end of one important journey and getting ready to start on the next. We’ll have inspiring addresses from our student and alumni speakers, recognize our graduates, and enjoy refreshments.

High school and college students who are graduating during the 2017 – 2018 academic year are encouraged to attend, along with their friends, families, teachers and other Foundation supporters.

Join us at our annual graduate reception to give them some well-deserved kudos and say conGRADulations!

If you plan to join us, please RSVP with your name and the number of people attending to tindalln@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

Reminder! Students graduating this year are also encouraged to complete our short graduate information request form by Wednesday, April 25. We’ll feature the information you share in our popular annual graduate yearbook! Check out the 2017 graduate yearbook on our website.  

 

Fairbanks Native Association has an exciting opportunity for students entering the 9th grade in the fall, through students who are graduating this year. It is a Native Youth Leadership Training May 21-23, 2018.

Attached is the flyer, application, and agenda. Please print the application out and have the student return it to the Alaska Native Education (ANE) tutor if they would like to attend, or you can email it to ANE Secretary Robin Titus at robin.titus@k12northstar.org.

FNA NYL Flyer (1).pdf
Registration Form NWI.docx
FNA Agenda May 2018.docx

Students! Are you interested in an internship this year?  There are great opportunities at Doyon, Limited for students this summer!  Click on the below links to find out more and to apply!

Accounting Intern – Doyon, Limited – Fairbanks

Administrative Intern – Doyon, Limited – Fairbanks

Communications Intern – Doyon, Limited – Fairbanks

Construction Management Intern – Doyon Remote Facilities & Services – Anchorage

GIS Intern – Doyon Utilities – Anchorage

Human Resources Intern – Doyon, Limited – Fairbanks

Land & Resources Intern – Doyon, Limited – Fairbanks

You can also email HR@doyon.com if you have questions.

We had such a great time at the Doyon, Limited annual meeting this year. It was wonderful to meet and visit with so many of you who stopped by our table, and we appreciated the opportunity to present to you during the annual meeting. We took lots of photos – check them out on Facebook and be sure to tag yourself!

During our presentation, our executive director, Doris Miller, and language revitalization program director, Allan Hayton, shared about the two primary focus areas here at the Foundation – scholarships and language revitalization.

We were excited to announce that we distributed almost $1 million dollars in scholarships last year alone! And so far this year, we have awarded nearly 300 scholarships totaling more than $377,000.

We also reminded everyone planning to attend school this fall to mark their calendar for our fall scholarship application deadline coming up on May 15. This is the deadline to apply for competitive scholarships for the 2018 – 2019 academic year and basic scholarships for the fall semester. Applicants will apply using our brand new online scholarship application system, which offers a more streamlined, user-friendly experience for both our students and staff.

A reminder that our scholarships are not just for students pursuing traditional four-year degrees at a college or university. Funding is also available for Doyon shareholders who want to pursue vocational training. Vocational students are eligible for basic and competitive scholarships, as well as our short-term vocational scholarship, which pays the cost of the course or training, up to $1,000.

We also highlighted two brand new scholarships at the Foundation … the Marissa Flannery and Aaron Schutt Legal Scholarship Fund, and the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund. Doyon President and CEO Aaron Schutt and his wife, Marissa Flannery, partnered with Doyon, Limited last year to establish the endowment for a new competitive scholarship for aspiring young lawyers. Jennifer Fate, a member of the Foundation board of directors, established the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund to honor her parents’ accomplishments for the betterment of the Doyon people.

Since so many shareholders gather at the annual meeting, we took the opportunity to invite our alumni – which includes any previous Foundation scholarship recipients – to connect with us. We’d love to hear where you are and what you are doing, and continue to stay in touch with you. Foundation alumni can contact us at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Allan then shared about all the exciting activities taking place in the area of language revitalization, including Doyon Languages Online, which is an online language-learning platform for Doyon region languages. We are currently working on creating lessons for nine of the 10 Doyon region languages. Access to the lessons will be free and available to all interested learners.

Interested language learners can soon get a preview of Doyon Languages Online, as we are getting ready to launch a series of Hän language lessons by the late Isaac Juneby. Keep an eye on our website, blog, email and Facebook for updates on these lessons.

Allan reminded interested organizations to get their applications in for the Our Language grants, which provide funding to communities or organizations that wish to undertake a project to revitalize their Native language. Last year, eight proposals were funded up to $5,000. This year, we will award grants of up to $8,000. The deadline to submit a proposal was March 26, and we will be announcing this year’s recipients early this summer.

With a program growing as quickly as the language revitalization program, it is important to have a plan for the future. Allan updated everyone at the annual meeting on a recent strategic planning session that explored developing long-term strategies, identifying concrete steps for language revitalization, and inspiring new grassroots efforts for our region.

Doris closed the presentation with “thank yous” in each of the Doyon region languages, showing appreciation to our many supporters, including Doyon, Limited, the Foundation staff, board and volunteers, Nee Ts’ee Neyh and Pick. Click. Give. donors, Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic golfers and sponsors, and all of our language teachers, learners and supporters.

In addition to our presentation, we staffed a table at the annual meeting, where we had a video showing Doyon Languages Online activities, a language-learning demonstration, a language map, and nametags that read “Hello, my name is …” in each of the Doyon region languages.

Thank you to everyone who stopped by! We look forward to seeing you all again next year, and hope you will stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

Visiting our website

Subscribing to our blog

Signing up to receive emails

Following us on Facebook

The Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute (CNAY) has partnered with Brown University Pre-College Programs to award full-tuition, residential scholarships for two Native students to attend a Brown University Pre-College program during Summer 2018. The CNAY-Brown Summer Scholarship covers tuition, room and board, application fees, and program fees.

CNAY-Brown Scholars have three summer program options to choose from: Summer at Brown, the Brown Leadership Institute, and the Brown Environmental Learning Lab (BELL) at Rhode Island. All programs take place on or near Brown’s campus in Providence, Rhode Island.  Click here for more information.

All application materials are due at 11:59 PM Pacific Time on Friday, April 15, 2018. CNAY will notify all applicants of their final application status by April 30, 2018.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY?
Applicants for the CNAY-Brown Summer Scholarship must meet all the following criteria. CNAY cannot make an exception to eligibility requirements.

  • Must be currently enrolled in high school grades 9-12;
  • Must identify as Indigenous and reside within the United States;
  • Must demonstrate a connection to tribal culture and/or community; and
  • Must be at least 15 years old by the start of the program.

HOW TO APPLY:
A complete application includes all of the following materials, which must be submitted online to CNAY by 11:59 PT on Sunday, April 15, 2018.

  • CNAY-Brown Summer Scholarship Application. Requires brief written responses to multiple prompts and transcript (unofficial transcripts acceptable).
  • Recommendation Form #1 (submitted online by recommender). This form should be submitted by a guidance counselor, principal, or headmaster commenting on the student’s engagement, maturity, grit, and motivation for participating in the Brown Pre-College Summer Program of the applicant’s choice.
  • Recommendation Form #2 (submitted online by recommender). This form must be submitted by an instructor who teaches in a field closely related to the program and course the applicant hopes to attend at Brown University. The recommender’s comments should describe the student’s knowledge of that field, overall intellectual curiosity, and assess the student’s qualification to engage in concentrated study. This recommendation should speak to the applicant’s potential to benefit from the experience at Brown.

For more information about the CNAY-Brown Summer Scholarship, click here. For questions, contact Amber Richardson at (202) 736-3577 or amber.richardson@aspeninst.org.

 

 

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Here is your April Native Word of the Month in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)! Hai’ (thank you) to our translator, Allan Hayton.

April = Ch’ikee Zhrii

Shih = Food

Deetrya’ shih eenjit ch’oodiikwat. Khan, shih lat vach’ąh’aa. = Raven is begging for food. Hurry, feed him a little food.

Listen to an audio recording of the translation:

Want to know more about Doyon Languages Online – what it is, why we’re doing it, and how you can get involved? Check out these Doyon Languages Online FAQs to learn more!

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What is the Doyon Languages Online project?

Doyon Languages Online is an online language-learning platform for Doyon region languages. We are currently working on creating lessons for nine of the 10 Doyon region languages. The project is intended to revitalize the languages of the Doyon region, which are all severely to critically endangered, and are not being passed on to younger generations quickly enough to ensure their survival.

How is it being funded?

The first five language courses are funded by a three-year, $900,000 Administration for Native Americans grant. These courses will cover Holikachuk, Denaakk’e, Benhti Kenaga’, Hän, and Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa.

The next four language courses are funded by a three-year, $977,423 U.S. Department of Education – Alaska Native Educational Program Grant. These courses will cover Denak’i, Dihthâad Xt’een lin aanděeg’, Née’aaneegn’, and Deg Xinag.

Is it going to be free?

Yes, access to the lessons will be free and available to all interested learners.

How will a user access Doyon Languages Online?

Users will access the platform through a link on the Doyon Foundation website.

When will this be available?

The first five language courses will be published before the end of 2018. An additional four language courses will follow in the coming three years.

Will my language be online?

The first five courses will be introductory lessons in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa, Benhti Kenaga’, Holikachuk, Hän, and Denaakk’e. These will be available by the end of 2018. See a map of the Doyon region languages on the Foundation website.

Demo lessons for these courses are available on the Doyon Languages Online webpage.

Who is developing these courses?

Doyon Foundation is working with language community members, curriculum experts, and our software partner to develop these courses.

How are the communities being involved?

Doyon Foundation supports members of the language communities to become “content creators” – these are people who generate learning content and author lessons. For each language course, we try to have a team of at least two content creators. Materials are then reviewed for accuracy by speakers from the community, as well as by linguists or professional educators who ensure the lessons stay true to the Doyon Languages Online curriculum.

Who should I contact with comments or questions?

Please direct all questions to either Nathaniel Feemster, the Doyon Languages Online project manager, at 907.459.2107 or feemstern@doyon.com, or Allan Hayton, Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization director, at 907.459.2162 or haytona@doyon.com.