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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 foundation@doyon.com 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

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If you have questions about Our Language grants but you missed our first teleconference, we are pleased to announce a second teleconference has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 from 4 – 5 p.m. To participate, simply call 1.800.315.6338 and enter PIN 556677#.

Not able to attend the teleconference? You’re welcome to call anytime with questions – contact Allan Hayton, Doyon Foundation language revitalization program director at 907.459.2162 or haytona@doyon.com.

Through the Our Language grant program, the Foundation will award grants of up to $5,000 to fund language revitalization projects. 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.

Our Language grant proposals are due no later than Friday, April 3, 2020, at 5 p.m. Learn more on our blogdownload the application packet in Word here, or download a PDF application packet here.

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Language grant teleconference this Thursday, March 12, 11 a.m.

Planning to submit a proposal for an Our Language grant? Want some tips for developing your proposal? Have questions about the application or granting process? Need to brainstorm ideas for your project?

If so, then join Doyon Foundation for an Our Language grant teleconference this Thursday, March 12, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. To participate, simply call 1.800.315.6338 and use the PIN 556677#. 

Not able to attend the teleconference? You’re welcome to call anytime with questions – contact Allan Hayton, language revitalization program director at 907.459.2162 or haytona@doyon.com.

Through the Our Language grant program, the Foundation will award grants of up to $5,000 to fund language revitalization projects. 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.

Our Language grant proposals are due no later than Friday, April 3, 2020, at 5 p.m. Learn more on our blog, download the application packet in Word here, or download a PDF application packet here.

 

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2018 strategic planning meeting; photo by Susan Paskvan

We are pleased to share our March 2020 Native words of the month! Thank you to Susan Paskvan and Dewey Kk’ołeyo Hoffman for providing these Denaakk’e (Koyukon) translations: 

Denaaggenaa’ = Our friends

Susan: Denaaggenaa’ eedaałne ts’eneeł’aanh. = It is good to see our friends again.

 

Dewey: Denaa lonhne needaatl. = A lot of people arrived.

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!

When:

Tuesday, March 3rd from 10am to 2pm

Where:

Doyon Chiefs Court, 1 Doyon Place, Fairbanks, AK 99701

Details:

Learn more about Doyon/ARAMARK’s summer employment opportunities in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Positions available include:

Reservation agents, cultural interpreters, bus washers, retail associates, clean team members, food service workers and more.

DKH Headshot 6Doyon Foundation is pleased to welcome Dewey Kk’ołeyo Putyuk Hoffman as our new Doyon Languages Online project manager. In this role, Dewey is responsible for the coordination and completion of the Doyon Languages Online project, which has been in development for the past three years.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the Doyon Languages Online project, which we launched last summer with the roll-out of the first four online language-learning courses in Holikachuk, Gwich’inDenaakk’e and Benhti Kenaga’,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director. “We are thrilled to welcome Dewey, who is a previous Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient and active advocate for culture, education and language.”

“There was great work completed by the Doyon Languages Online team prior to my joining Doyon Foundation. I look forward to building upon that work and seeing the project through to its successful completion,” said Dewey, adding that they are currently working to complete a fifth language course, Hän, which is the language spoken in Eagle, Alaska, and across the Canadian border in Moosehide and Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

A Doyon Foundation alumnus, Dewey received basic and competitive scholarships during his undergraduate and graduate studies program between 2004 and 2019. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 2009, and a master’s in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2019.

Dewey’s education and career demonstrate his strong interest in positive youth development through cultural education, which is in line with his lifelong love of language learning and cultural exchange across the world. Prior to joining Doyon Foundation full time in 2020, Dewey was a content creator for the Denaakk’e course through Doyon Languages Online, as well as a community partner who helped host language-related gatherings in Fairbanks and Anchorage. He was a preschool teacher in Fairbanks Native Association’s Denaakk’e Head Start Classroom, the Indigenous leadership continuum director at First Alaskans Institute, and development manager at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. He is also the owner of Hoozoonh, a consulting business offering services in curriculum design, strategic planning, meeting facilitation and other special projects.

“I want to learn more about hands-on language planning, and work with the Interior Native communities to carry forward the vision of one people many languages,” he said. “Our Indigenous languages are extremely important and useful. Nogheedeno’! It is coming back to life!”