The Doyon Foundation 2017 Graduate Yearbook is now available on the Foundation website!

2017 grad yearbook collagePacked with photos and profiles, the yearbook celebrates our 2017 graduates including:

  • 1 pre-school
  • 36 high school
  • 3 certificates
  • 22 associate’s degrees
  • 19 bachelor’s degrees
  • 5 master’s degrees
  • And 3 doctorate degrees!

Download your copy of the 2017 Graduate Yearbook now!

Have an addition or correction? Please send them to or call 907.459.2048.

Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) is offering three Native Languages for fall 2017, Dena’ina, Ahtna and Yup’ik. All three courses are distance and face to face, so students can join the class if you are not located in Kenai. All three courses are 4 credit GER classes and are offered in the evenings.

Also, please note that Kenai Peninsula College is offering a scholarship sponsored by Alyeska Pipeline. This scholarship is for students enrolled in: Process Technology, Industrial Process Instrumentation, Welding and who are Alaska Native Students. The flyer will direct students to the department where you can find the application and deadlines.

You can register for class online at

and login or if you are a Non-degree seeking student you can login into "Just want to take a class" at .

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to call my office at 907-262-0213 or the student services office for assistance in registering at 907-262-0330.



May 23, 2017 (Anchorage, Alaska) – First Alaskans Institute (FAI) is pleased to announce the opening of registration and call for proposals for our 34th annual statewide First Alaskans Institute Elders & Youth Conference taking place October 16th – 18th, 2017 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska. Each year, we strive to deepen our understanding of the issues and challenges of our time, promote tremendous pride in our cultural identities, and create shared understanding around our responsibility to contribute to our cultures and communities through the transference of knowledge between our precious Elders and our youth.

Our 2017 Conference theme “Part Land, Part Water – Always Native.” speaks to how our identity as indigenous peoples is informed by our deep connection to our lands and waters, no matter where we live, and recognizes that Alaska always has been – and always will be – a Native place. Our theme was crafted using the thoughtful contributions and ideas of our 2017 Statewide Elders & Youth Council, FAI staff, and other members of the community.

Our conference will be preceded by a special “Warming of the Hands Gathering” on Sunday, October 15th from 12:00pm-5:00pm, featuring Men’s and Women’s Houses and regional breakout sessions – a favorite offering of many past participants. We are excited to again host “Chin’an: A Night of Cultural Celebration” on Monday evening, featuring the incredible talents of those in our community who step up to share their gifts with the world!

We are accepting presentations/workshops and arts/cultural offerings proposals through July 21st, 2017. Proposals should be clearly tied to the theme and purposes of the Conference and be grounded in the celebration of who we are as Alaska Native peoples. We prioritize proposals that encourage active participation, and seek presenters that are open to collaboration as we work to craft an indigenized, thoughtful, and exciting conference agenda. You can find more information and forms attached, on our ellatonuchuk or (907) 677-1700 for more information.

Discounted Early Bird Registration is now open online through October 2nd with full price registration available afterward through the conference dates. In response to past E&Y and AFN Conference resolutions, and recognizing the rich learning that occurs during our conference, many school districts offer excused absences to students attending. Please help us spread the word by sharing our Facebook and Twitterposts – we can’t wait to see you in October!

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At First Alaskans Institute, we know we are responsible for carrying more than 10,000 years of ancestral knowledge into the future with rigor, humor, resilience, vigilance, and love. To learn more about us and what we do, please visit our website at, contact us at
907-677-1700 or info to learn more.

2017 Elders and Youth News Release – FINAL.pdf

2017 EY Call for Proposals.pdf

Alaska Native Language Speakers Native Artists and Culture Bearers 2017.pdf


Tanana Chiefs Conference is offering programs for high school students interested in health careers and advocacy. Click on the below links or email for more details.

Hands On Health Careers

Tribal Youth Advocates

See below for our July Native word of the month in Gwich’in!

Vits’ihnyaa = I help (him or her)
Shitsuu łuk tr’it’ii haa vits’ihnyaa geenjit shats’a’ shoo nilii. = My grandmother is happy I am helping her cut fish.

Listen to an audio recording.

JulyHai’ (thank you) to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

Have a translation in another language? Share it with us on Facebook!

Each month, a new Native word or phrase and definition will be shared on our website, as well as on our blog and Facebook page, along with an audio recording of the pronunciation.

Have an idea for a Native Word of the Month? Please email your idea to

Annie Sanford’s parents are Lena Blair Sanford and Dewayne Sanford, both from Tok. Her maternal grandparents are Mary Tom Tom Blair and William Blair of Snag, Yukon, Canada; her paternal grandparents are Laura Isaac Sanford of Tanacross and Walter Sanford of Chistochina. Annie’s hometown is Tok.

“Normally I don’t volunteer myself to give speeches, but I felt it was important to express how important of a role Doyon Foundation has played in my higher education,” Annie shares as she takes the stage as the student speaker at Doyon Foundation’s Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic Calcutta reception in June. The annual golf classic raises money for the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund, which honors the memory of the late Morris Thompson and awards scholarships to students exhibiting leadership, integrity and a commitment to excellence.

“There is a lot to take into account when it comes to higher education, and Doyon Foundation has helped take the financial burden off of my shoulders,” Annie explains. “I feel like Doyon Foundation is a third proud parent in my pursuit of a higher education. They stay involved, they provide encouragement, and they are genuinely happy to witness my educational journey.”

“I want to thank Doyon Foundation and their sponsors for supporting not only me but students across Alaska pursuing our educational dreams,” Annie concludes. See the full video of her speech on the Foundation YouTube channel.

Annie is a University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) student who plans to complete her associate’s degree and join the university’s radiologic technology program in 2018. It’s a competitive process; only a half-dozen or so of the top students are selected to enroll each year. “I’m improving every aspect of my application to be among the top six or seven,” she says.

Her goals including graduating from the radiologic technology program in 2020 and pursuing her career in Fairbanks. “I want to work to give back to the community that has given me so much,” says Annie, who hopes to work at the Chief Andrew Isaac Health Clinic or Fairbanks Memorial Hospital before continuing her studies to become an ultrasound technologist.

“Early on, in high school, I knew I wanted to help people medically and not just from your typical office cubicle,” Annie recalls. After high school, while she was trying to figure out what to do, it was a coworker who inspired Annie to go into radiology.

“Due to radiology not being commonly talked about, I wish to mentor future students who want to pursue radiology because I know I would have liked to have someone to talk to who already went through the process and could answer my questions,” she says.

For now, Annie advises other students to stay organized and keep motivated. “Using a planner and whiteboard are essential,” she says. “I highly recommend them.”

The Osher Reentry Scholarship is available for bachelor degree seeking students who have returned or are planning to return “back to school” after a period of 5 or more years away.  This scholarship will be a tuition waiver of up to $5000 for the 2017-2018 school year for at least 12 students.

You can apply online at . Deadline to apply is Friday, August 4th, 2017 by 5pm.  If you have questions about this scholarship or your application, please contact the UAF Scholarship Coordinator at or 907-474-6228.