In April’s Native Word of the Month, we are pleased to share a special series of videos featuring Doyon Foundation language revitalization program staff and their families demonstrating proper handwashing techniques while singing in their Native languages!

Gwich’in handwashing video, featuring of Allan Hayton

Van gwiinzii. Juk gweendaa diinanli’ gwiintł’oo k’eech’arahahtryaa goo’aii, ts’a’ shan t’ee shanli’ k’eech’ahaałtryaa.

Good morning. Nowadays we need to really wash our hands, and I too am going to wash my hands.

Shanli’ k’eech’ahaałtryaa, shanli’ k’eech’ahaałtryaa, shanli’ k’eech’ahaałtryaa, shanli’ k’eech’ahaałtryaa.

I’m going to wash my hands, I’m going to wash my hands, I’m going to wash my hands, I’m going to wash my hands

Gwiinzii adak’ootii shalak naii.

Take good care of yourselves, my relatives.

Iñupiatun handwashing video, featuring Marjorie Tahbone


Happy birthday.

Denaakk’e handwashing video, featuring Dewey Kk’ołeyo Hoffman and his daughter, Telele

Nelo’ etonlaah.

Wash your hands.

Hooleelaanh dedzaanh sodelt’seeyh.

Be happy on the day you were born.

Koon koon.



All done, that’s all.

For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

Stay safe, stay healthy and take care of each other.


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Apply by May 15 for competitive and basic scholarships for fall 2020

There is a lot of uncertainty in the world right now, but one thing is certain: We will get through this together and we will come out stronger on the other side. In the meantime, many of us are hunkered down at home, weathering the storm. The silver lining is this period of isolation gives us some additional time to think and plan and dream about what we want our lives to look like. If your dream involves education – getting a degree, going back to school, obtaining a higher degree, starting a new career or just learning something new – then we encourage you to apply for a Doyon Foundation scholarship for the fall 2020 semester. The deadline to apply is Friday, May 15 at 11:59 p.m.

May 15 is the application deadline for our fall basic and competitive scholarships, which include:

  • Competitive scholarships ranging from $5,000 to $9,000
  • $1,200 basic scholarships for full-time students (undergraduates taking 12 or more credits, or 9 or more credits for graduate students)
  • $800 basic scholarships for part-time students (undergraduates taking 3 to 11 credits, or 2 to 8 credits for graduate students)

Wondering about the difference between the scholarships? Competitive scholarships are awarded through a competitive review process, while basic scholarships are awarded to all students who meet the eligibility guidelines and submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline. (Also, our basic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so be sure to get your application in early!) Note that you don’t have to fill out separate applications for competitive and basic awards.

Before you apply, make sure you meet the eligibility guidelines. Applicants must:

  • Be enrolled to Doyon, Limited or be the child of an original enrollee
  • Be accepted to an accredited college, university, technical or vocational school
  • Meet our minimum GPA requirements
  • Be enrolled in the required minimum number of credits

Get all the details on scholarship eligibility and application requirements by reviewing our scholarship resource handbook.

Ready to apply? Get started at our online scholarship application portal. If you are a first-time applicant, you will need to create a new account. Need help? See our step-by-step account creation instructions or view our detailed application instructions.

Once you are logged in, select “apply” and the system will ask for an access code. If you do not already have an access code, please call 907.459.2048 or email us at to obtain one.

We always get a lot of questions about transcripts: Do I need to submit them? Do they need to be official or unofficial? What is the deadline? Here’s what you need to know:

  • If you DID NOT receive a summer 2020 scholarship, you are requiredto submit your official transcript on or before the deadline of May 15, 202
  • If you DIDreceive a summer 2020 scholarship, your official transcript is due on or before August 28, 2020. This can be uploaded into your student account or emailed to

It is very important to log in to your student account before the scholarship application deadline to check that you have submitted all the required materials. (Put a reminder on your calendar now!)

Questions? We’re working remotely but still here to help! Contact our scholarship program at or 907.459.2048.

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In light of recent developments in communities across Alaska, the country and the world, Doyon Foundation is extending the application deadline for the 2020 Our Language grants until Friday, May 1, 2020, at 5 p.m. We are also extending the final report deadline from September 30 to October 30, 2020.

We understand many are making preparations to protect families and loved ones, while also facing new challenges of working remotely and finding new ways to stay connected. We hope this deadline extension will allow applicants the additional time they need to develop their project ideas and grant proposals.

We encourage communities to find new ways to work with language revitalization, especially with Elder first language speakers. We must protect our Elders, and find ways to work with them either through telephone, or distance technology platforms like Skype, Zoom, Google Hangouts, FaceTime or WebEx.

As a reminder, Doyon Foundation will award grants of up to $5,000 to support language revitalization efforts as part of our continuing effort to revitalize the endangered Native languages of the Doyon region. The 10 ancestral languages of the Doyon region are all severely to critically endangered, and will be lost within the span of a few generations if no action is taken.

Doyon region tribal governments/tribal councils/communities; nonprofit Alaska Native organizations, societies and community groups; and Alaska Native cultural, educational and recreational organizations/centers are eligible to apply for an Our Language grant.

Download the application in Word here, or download a PDF application packet hereOr help us spread the word by sharing our updated flyer. For additional information, contact Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program at 907.459.2048 or We look forward to seeing your proposals, and are available to discuss your project ideas.

Eighth Generation Call for Artists

Doyon, Limited has partnered with Eighth Generation to have custom blankets created and is seeking inspiration from the artists across our region. We are asking you to submit photos of your current art portfolio, any art you have already created (bead work, baskets, paintings, canvas, or mixed media) for a chance to work with Eighth Generation.  The artist selected will be asked to create a piece that will inspire a wool blanket design to be produced by Eighth Generation.

What is Eighth Generation?
Eighth Generation is, “a Native-owned and operated company based in Seattle, Washington. It was founded in 2008 when Louie Gong (Nooksack) started customizing shoes in his living room. Now the first Native-owned company to ever produce wool blankets – with a flagship retail store in Seattle’s iconic Pike Place Market – Eighth Generation is a proud participant in the global economy. Through the Inspired Natives Project, Eighth Generation creates opportunities for cultural artists who, like Louie a short 8 years ago, struggle to meet demand for their handmade cultural art. To learn more about Eighth Generation, visit their website here.

Take a peek Inside the Eighth Generation Studio







How to Submit Art Portfolio
Photos of art submissions are released to Doyon to use freely and/or for this project. The finished blanket design will change based on Eighth Generation recommendations.

Click here to submit your photos or submit your information and photos via email to

The deadline to submit art is May 1, 2020.

For more information on the call for artist, contact Doyon, Limited at 907-459-2000 or

Student support initiative addresses emergency financial needs

CONTACT: Marmian Grimes, 907-460-4750, mlgrimes

Student services professionals throughout the University of Alaska will be able to quickly address student needs in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic thanks to a new student support initiative.

The initiative will allow front-line staffers at each university to draw on new funding sources to help students with a wide variety of emergency financial needs. The goal is to solve those problems quickly so students can continue their studies.

“Just like all Alaskans, our students are struggling with the financial impact of this pandemic,” said University of Alaska President Jim Johnsen. “Sometimes $100 to help with a household bill or utility payment can mean the difference between staying in school and dropping out. Helping our students clear these hurdles is the right thing to do.”

Funding for the initiative will come from two sources. Johnsen has allocated $450,000 in university funding to the effort. Each university also has a designated Student Support Fund that will allow financial contributions from alumni and donors to make gifts to address urgent student needs beyond those that can be met by the universities.

Since the start of the pandemic, student services offices have seen an increase in requests for help. As classes moved online and campus buildings closed, students have faced greater financial hardships. Some students have seen their hours reduced or eliminated at their off-campus or on-campus jobs, and are struggling to choose between making a tuition payment or paying rent, filling their gas tank or purchasing school supplies, or paying a phone bill or buying food.

Student services units at each of the universities will be responsible for working with individual students and approving requests for help. Students can find applications for help online at

Alumni and donors who want to contribute to student support funds can visit giving pages at UAA (, UAF ( and UAS (, or at the UA Foundation(

“This partnership between our alumni and donors and the university will allow us flexibility to address the broad range of immediate needs our students are dealing with,” Johnsen said.


  • University of Alaska system – Saichi Oba, associate vice president for student and enrollment strategy, 907-450-8146, stoba
  • University of Alaska Southeast – Lori Klein, vice chancellor for enrollment management and students affairs, 907-796-6057, laklein.
  • University of Alaska Anchorage – Bruce Schultz, vice chancellor for student affairs, 907-786-6108, brschultz
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks – Keith Champagne, vice chancellor for student affairs,907-474-2600, kmchampagne2.

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To protect the health of our staff, students, supporters and the general public, Doyon Foundation staff will be working remotely beginning Thursday, March 19. Foundation business operations will continue as much as possible, and our staff is here to offer support virtually. You may email us or leave a voice mail, and we will get back to you. We will continue virtual operations until it has been determined that it is in the best interests of public health to reopen our office.

Experts tell us the best way we can address the pandemic is to practice social distancing at all times, and self-quarantine if we feel ill or have been exposed to people or places with COVID-19.

And while it is in our best interests to separate ourselves physically from each other, it is also important to remember this: We are all in this together. Not one of us is unaffected by the changes taking place in the world around us. And though we may not be able to be there for each other in person, we are still there for each other.

We at the Foundation are listening to your voice mail. We are at our computer reading your email. We’re connecting with you on social media. We’re here to support you.

Take care of yourselves and your families, and be in touch if we can be of service.

The Doyon Foundation team,

Doris, Diloola, Allan, Dewey, Jennifer, Kaylee, Jenna, Purestyn & Kim

Dear friends,

During this unprecedented time of change and uncertainty in our community and our world, we at Doyon Foundation wanted to reach out and let you know we are here to support you however we can. If you have needs related to school, housing, food or transportation, please contact us and we will do our best to connect you with the appropriate resources.

We also wanted to let you know that, at this time, the Doyon Foundation office is operating normal business hours. We encourage you to call 907.459.2048 or email with questions or requests for assistance. If for some reason, you need to visit the office in person, please call in advance so we can make necessary arrangements.

For more information on the coronavirus and what you can do, please see the Center for Disease Control’s website and the State of Alaska’s Department of Health and Human Services coronavirus page.

We understand there are many unknowns at this time. We encourage you to connect and check in with each other, especially with our precious Elders.

Edeghoyeneeghaalʉhdeneek, you all take good care (Denaakk’e).

Your Foundation family