The staff of Doyon Foundation wants to wish everyone a Happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. We also want to remind everyone that our office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 23 – 24, for the holiday. We will resume normal business hours on Monday, November 27th.


Native American Heritage Month Series

Our last events for Native American Heritage Month will take place after Thanksgiving Break. Here’s the schedule:

Traditional Inuit Tattoos – Tuesday 11/28 from 1-2:00pm

Marjorie Tahbone shares her research and practice of traditional knowledge among Inuit cultures.

Visiting Elder – Tuesday 11/28 from 5:30-6:30pm

Join Ruth Biden for coffee and conversation. Ruth was born and raised in Utqiaġvik and now lives in Fairbanks, AK.

Storytelling Hour – Thursday 11/30 from 9-10:00am

Start your morning with Kenneth Frank. He will treat us to some Gwich’in traditional stories, oral history, and humor.

Food Preservation Demo – Thursday 11/30 from 5:30-7:00pm

Join Kathleen Meckel and Adrienne Blatchford as they talk about natural food sources and demonstrate preserving them.

All events are free and will be in the Brooks Gathering Room. No sign-up necessary!

If you have any questions, please contact Brianna Pauling at bpaulin1.


Rural Student Services

Fall 2017 Office Hours:
Monday through Friday – 8:00am-5:00pm

If you need to schedule an appointment with an advisor, please call (907) 474-7871 (locally) or (888) 478-1452 (toll free within Alaska).

You can also schedule online at:

Office location: Second Floor Brooks Buildling

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The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders.

Since 1998, the SAA has used the endowment income to award the annual Arthur C. Parker Scholarship in support of archaeological training for Native Americans who are students or employees of tribal, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian cultural preservation programs. In 2009, the SAA added two new awards in support of undergraduate and graduate archaeology education.

Support for these scholarships comes in several ways: through individual donations, an annual silent auction at the SAA meetings, book royalties, and grants. For questions about the applications process or to make a donation, please contact the Committee Chair.

The following competitive scholarships are currently offered:

SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship and NSF Scholarship for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiian

To support archaeological training or a research program for Native American students or employees of tribal cultural preservation programs (up to $5,000).

SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship

To support undergraduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $5,000).

SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship

To support graduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $10,000).

To apply, download an application here:
Application for 2018 Awards (Word Document)

For more information click HERE.

Join us for the Doyon Foundation fall 2017 student dinner! We will have food (including moose soup!), door prizes, and Native language demonstrations and activities. Students, alumni, family, friends and supporters are all welcome to attend this free event.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

5:30 p.m.

Doyon Industrial Facility

615 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks

If you are a Foundation alumni, please let us know if you can bring a dish to share and/or a door prize to donate.

The event is FREE but please RSVP at

GCI is seeking two Alaska Natives looking to further their careers in TV/film and digital. GCI is partnering with the Walter Kaitz Foundation, a nonprofit committed to advancing diversity in the cable industry, to offer a fellowship program to two Alaska Native content creators—directors, producers, playwrights, etc. Throughout this month, GCI is accepting applications to win one of two spots to the foundations’s 9th Hollywood Creative Forum in Los Angeles in February.

The goal is to help these winners establish lifelong connections to the film industry to help propel their professional careers in TV and film. Below are links to a fact sheet and press release with more details. The deadline is Nov. 30, 2017.

Learn more and find out how to apply!

GCI_Walter Kaitz press release.pdf final.pdf


NAPLP is a full scholarship program for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and graduate students to study applied American politics at the George Washington University in Washington DC. As part of the Semester in Washington Politics program, NAPLP is funded by a generous gift from AT&T. The scholarship covers up to nine credits in tuition, on-campus housing, round-trip air travel, and a stipend for books and living expenses ($2,400 in two installments). Students also have the opportunity to have an internship in places such as a congressional office, national tribal organization or a federal agency and to develop lasting connections with a cohort of Native American students from across the country.

CIPP is the George Washington University-based center whose purpose is to research, educate, and promote public awareness on issues of significance to Indigenous communities. In the GW spirit of scholarship and service, we hope that students who participate in NAPLP return to their schools and communities with fresh perspectives, knowledge, and skills about the political process and community organizing and that they feel better prepared to give back to and take a leadership role in their communities.

Students may apply online at naplp with any questions you may have.

The purpose of the Erica Keiko Iseri Memorial Scholarship is to provide scholarships to students who are participating in a study abroad and/or international or national exchange program with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.Erica Keiko Iseri of Fairbanks died unexpectedly Sept. 4, 2016. Erica worked in the study away program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She has a long affiliation with the university as a teacher and a student.

An inspiration to all who knew her, Erica advised and mentored hundreds of international and national exchange students studying at UAF, and UAF students attending national and international programs around the world. Erica is remembered by a vast network of national and international educators as a caring and supportive colleague, and for her service in professional organizations and with university partners.

Ultimately, she will be remembered as the kindest and most generous of friends, who touched and inspired many lives.

To qualify for this scholarship, a student must:

1-Complete the supplemental application and essay questions.
2-Be a student approved for an international or domestic exchange or study abroad experience.
3-Demonstrate financial need.

Please submit this application only once if you would like to apply for the 2017-2018 Erica Keiko Iseri Memorial Scholarship by the deadline of 5pm November 27th.

If you have questions about this scholarship or your application, please contact the UAF Scholarship Coordinator at or 907-474-6228.

Click HERE to apply.