March 2010

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is proud to announce their spring FAFSA workshops for individuals who are looking to attend training or college in the Summer and Fall. Workshops are held every Friday at 4500 Diplomacy Dr. and on April 28th at Nine Star’s 4th Avenue location! Spaces are available for all workshops from 1-4p every half an hour. Interested individuals can reserve their space by calling the main EOC office at 907-786-6707.

EOC provides free educational advising to adults in the Anchorage and Matsu areas. Their services include: Career Exploration, Assistance Finding a school or training program: HS/GED Completion, vocational training and college programs, Admissions Assistance, and Financial Aid Assistance: help completing the federal financial aid application (FAFSA).

For one-on-one advising appointments call 786-6707. If you have clientele who need this assistance in workshop form or want more information about our services please feel free to contact Krista Stormo, Community Outreach Specialist, Educational Opportunity Center,, 4500 Diplomacy Drive, “The Diplomacy Building” Suite 105, Anchorage, AK, 99508, (907) 786-6707 office, (907) 786-6710 direct, or (907) 786-6713 fax.

Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI) is currently recruiting for a Corporate Administrator, Executive Offices. Attached is the job description. To apply, please submit a resume, letter of interest and a CIRI employment application (also attached) to: Cook Inlet Region, Inc., Attention: Susan Williams, PO Box 93330, Anchorage, AK 99509-3330.

If you have any questions regarding this position or other employment opportunities, call Susan Williams. Human Resources Assistant. Cook Inlet Region, Inc. (CIRI). PO Box 93330, Anchorage, AK. 99509-3330. 907.263.5123 (phone), 907.263.5508 (fax).

CIRI Employment Application 8-07.pdf

Corporate Administrator, Executive Offices (Vacant) 3-10.pdf

Artwork by Putt Clark – Hear Yup’ik storytellers – Storybooks & math curricula

Friday, April 2nd from 3 to 8 pm at UAF Bowers Building, Suite 101, 2175 University Avenue South, Fairbanks.

Please join Dr. Jerry Lipka and the MCC staff for refreshments at an open house featuring the art of Elizabeth “Putt” Clark, celebrating the decades of work creating math modules centered on Yup’ik values and culture for elementary students.

For more information email, call 474-2611 or visit

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The National Museum of American Indian is pleased to announce a call for entries for the annual Young Native Writers Essay Contest.

Five selected essayists, and the teachers that inspired their participation, will win an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. in July 2010 and a $2,500 scholarship. The contest is open to Native American High School Students enrolled in grades 9-12 only. The deadline for essays is May 2, 2010.

The Cooperative Education Program at Johnson Space Center is open to graduate and undergraduate students from around the country. As a Co-op, you will regularly alternate semesters at school with semesters at JSC working in a paid, full-time position directly related to your field of study. This supplements lessons learned at school and gives valuable real-world experiences you won’t get in a classroom!

Johnson Space Center (JSC) offers college students around the country the chance to work in paid, full-time positions directly related to their fields of study. “Why should I apply?” you may ask. If the prospect isn’t enough that you can work with the most advanced, successful space program in the world, where spacecraft are created, astronauts are trained, missions are controlled, and so much more happens, consider that you can:

Our program involves students from many academic fields, including Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical and Computer Engineering; as well as limited positions in Business, Science, and Liberal Arts. We have roughly 160 students from 50 participating schools and nearly every state in the nation.

Click below for more information or visit


Application Info
Participating Schools
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Doyon Foundation student Daphne Attla graduated from high school last May and is close to wrapping up her freshman year at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF). As she’s transitioned into college life, Attla said her biggest challenge has been time management.

“I work part-time and go to school full-time. I am learning to prioritize my time,” said Attla, who expects to graduate in 2013 with a bachelor’s of science in chemistry and hopes to become a pharmacist in the future.

In addition to school and work, Attla has also volunteered her time, participated in the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) Next Step program, and plans to join some clubs at UAF. In high school, she was active in the Alaska Native Education Leadership club and the Spanish club.

“My advice for success is to study. I am learning time management, which means to turn off the TV. Also ask for help when needed, which means going to the math lab or the professor. Also remember to have confidence in your work,” Attla said.

As a current scholarship recipient, Attla said Doyon Foundation has helped her tremendously.

“I am very thankful for the help in tuition that Doyon has provided for me,” said Attla, who is the daughter of Marilyn John, and the granddaughter of Shirley Vent and George Attla, and Emily Sam and Tony Sam.

· AI/AN Medical Student Scholarship to attend AAIP Event: The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) is currently accepting applications from AI/AN medical students to attend the 18th Annual Cross Cultural Medicine Workshop (CCMW), which will be held Thursday April 22 – Sunday April 25, 2010, at the Hotel Santa Fe in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Scholarships will cover airfare, hotel accommodations, workshop registration, and most meals. To apply for the scholarship, you must submit a Primary Data Sheet and a one-page essay explaining why you wish to attend and what you hope to gain from attending the workshop. Applications and essays must be in the AAIP office no later than Friday, April 2, 2010. For more information, visit the AAIP student website at

· AI/AN College Student Scholarship to attend AAIP Event: The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP), Careers in Health for Native Students Program and the Office of Outreach and Multicultural Affairs (OMA) and Indians into Medicine (INMED) Program of the University of Arizona, College of Medicine will conduct a Pre-Admission Workshop (PAW) on April 15 – 18, 2010. Scholarships available to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) undergraduate and graduate students interested in the health field. Scholarship will cover airfare, lodging and meals. Applications must be in the AAIP office by Friday, April 2, 2010. For more information, go to

· AI/AN High School Student Scholarship to attend AAIP Event: The Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) will award AI/AN high school students, ages 16 – 18, to attend the NNAYI program, which is held each June in Washington D.C. Students who have an interest in a health profession or biomedical research are encouraged to apply. The NNAYI Scholarship pays for lodging, airfare, and most meals. Applications are available at: Application deadline is April 16, 2010.

· The Nihewan Foundation for Native American Education: is a small private non-profit foundation dedicated improving the education of and about Native American people and cultures. Nihewan’s focus is to help Native American students to participate in learning, while also helping people of all backgrounds learn about Native American culture. Eligibility Requirements: Tribal Enrollment, Acceptance at an accredited institution of learning, Academic Transcripts, and Proof of need and proof of application to other foundations. For more information on eligibility or to download application please visit the website at:

· QuestBridge is a non-profit program that links right, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities a some of the nation’s best colleges. Eligibility Requirements: Scholarship is designed for high school juniors who have achieved academic excellence in the face of economic challenges. Application Deadline: March 29, 2010. For more information on eligibility or to download application please visit the website at:

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IMPORTANT! Please Read & Forward Alaska Native Participation in the 2010 Census

WE NEED YOU! The 2010 Census is HERE and we need your participation to ensure we have an accurate count here in Alaska. WHY?- the

confidential and legally protected information collected by the 10 short questions on the Census form is used to distribute federal funding through our Tribes, organizations, non-profits, and communities. It also helps our Native leaders, organizations and those who serve Native people accurately describe our communities in grant applications, community planning, and policy making.

As Alaska Natives, it is important to know the following:

  • Make sure to answer the race question! Check the box for American Indian/Alaska Native.

If In 2000, the Census Bureau introduced a big wrinkle in the data for the Native population. Following a policy laid out by OMB in 1997, anyone filling out a Census form (or other federal form) can check off more than one box on the race question. This option to check off multiple races means that an American Indian and Alaska Native person can identify as both Native and as a member of another race, such as white, Black or Asian. If the person checks off only the American Indian or Alaska Native box on the form, the person counts as American Indian or Alaska Native “Alone,” meaning that this is the person’s only race. If the person checks the American Indian or Alaska Native box and one or more boxes for another race, the person is included in the count as American Indian or Alaska Native “Alone or in Combination” (with one or more other races.) The Census Bureau does publish information on the “Alone or in Combination” population. However, many standard profiles of the population lump those who check American Indian or Alaska Native and another racial group into a single category as “Two or More Races,” along with all non-Indians who also report multiple races. The only way to ensure that you are included in all the counts as American Indian or Alaska Native is to check just that one box on the form.

  • Each person’s race in a household is individual, but the house itself will be designated as a “Native household” for purposes of the 2010 Census if Person 1 (the first person listed on the form) has checked the American Indian/Alaska Native race box.
  • Under the box, fill in the exact name of your Principal or Enrolled Tribal Government (Federally Recognized Tribe) in the space provided.
  • If you need more room, continue writing around that space, the Census will include up to a certain amount of writing around the spaces.
  • The Census will NOT invalidate your form for listing the actual name of your Federally Recognized Tribe as your Principal or Enrolled Tribe.
  • There is misinformation floating around that forms will be invalidated if the actual names of the Tribes are written in – this is absolutely NOT TRUE.
  • According to the Census, the race question is based on self-identification, so anything you put in will be counted.

This is about a person’s individual decision to identify themselves as being a Tribal member of a certain Tribe.

  • It just means this is how that person identifies or is connected to.
  • It may not mean they are actually enrolled in the Tribe as only the Tribe can make this determination and the Census will not ask for proof of Tribal enrollment.

Due to the complicated situation we have in Alaska, the broader cultural affiliation (Alutiiq/Yup’ik/etc.) may be all that a person knows; this response will not be invalidated by the Census either. Again, it is about self-identification.

At the end of the day, the best Census is the one that is most accurate. Alaska Native people need to accurately identify themselves to the level of specificity that they are best able. When it comes to the distribution of federal funds, having an accurate count of Tribal members – no matter where they live – will help our Tribes and other organizations provide services. Here is a link to a short document from the National Congress of American Indians Indian Country Counts website about why writing in your Tribe is important:

JOB VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT – University of Alaska Fairbanks FORESTRY FIELD ASSISTANT – UAF Forest Growth and Yield Program


May 12 through August 28 2010


Work with a forestry crew remeasuring fixed size plots.

Locate plots on ground and on maps (orienteering).

Perform basic forest measurements such as tree diameter, height.

Measure seedling/sapling growth and vigor.


40 hours per week at various locations in interior and south-central Alaska.

Work 8 days on and 6 days off

University pays for living expenses while traveling away from Fairbanks

Most work away from Fairbanks, tent camping.


At least 1 year of post-secondary education in forestry, NRM, biology or related field

Preferred college course in resource measurements and plant identification

Adquate forestry fieldwork experience required

Sufficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel® and Access® preferred


$11.79 per hour

Apply at the following website

For more information contact Tom Malone at tmalone or call (907) 474-7079.

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The Alaska Laborers take applications year round for their 4000 hour Construction Craft Laborer Apprenticeship program. Laborers Local 341, which has geographic jurisdiction for Alaska South of the 63rd parallel (excluding Southeast Alaska), will be interviewing apprentice applicants during the week of April 5 in Anchorage. Applications must be submitted in person or arrive at their Training Center by 4 PM on March 31. Math and Reading tests will be administered at the Laborers Training School at 13500 Old Seward Hwy on Saturday April 3, with 20 minute interviews scheduled for April 6 – 8 between 8 AM and 5 PM.

Laborers perform a wide variety of tasks in all facets of the construction and pipeline industries in Alaska, such as concrete placement, pipelaying, rock drilling and blasting, asbestos and hazardous waste abatement, asphalt raking, grade checking, hod carrying, and a broad gamut of work on the maintenance of the Transalaska Pipeline. Laborers are one of four crafts involved in pipeline construction. Apprentices receive hands-on instruction (160 hours per year) and work experience in all of these specialties. Laborers work is physically demanding and most of it is outdoors in all kinds of weather. But it’s a great program and a great trade. I’m retired out of the Alaska Laborers myself, and highly recommend it.

To apply, go to the Training School at 13500 Old Seward Hwy (south of Huffman Rd.). Outside of Anchorage, call 345-3853 for an application (ASAP).

Minimum Qualifications – 18 with birth certificate, HS Diploma or GED with transcripts or GED test scores, one year Alaska resident, Ak Drivers License. Drug free and physically able to perform the work of the trade. Applicants selected are given an agility test and attend a basic skills “boot camp” – indenture as apprentice upon successful completion.

Recommended – Training records or certificates, letters of reference, resume.

Apprentices start at $16.45 an hour (with full benefits) and receive raises of $2.70 per hour after each 1000 hours of OJT to journey rate of $27.41 for Group 1 Laborers (plus annual negotiated increases). Pipelayers, Drillers, Gradecheckers, and other specialties within the trade receive two to three dollars more per hour.

Please call Ed Flanagan Alaska Regional Director, Helmets to Hardhats, Veteran Outreach Coordinator, Alaska Works Partnership at 1-866-993-8181 for more information.

The Casey Family Scholars program is accepting applications through the Orphan Foundation of America for post-secondary school support for adopted or former foster youth who have been accepted or currently enrolled in a program. Applications are due March 31st. To learn more, go to: for information and an application.


Attend this meeting to exchange views and ideas about the challenging issues facing our Native children’s academic success.

Education topics including:

· Coping with Racial Prejudices

· Attendance & Drop Out Rates

· Social & Economic Pressures

· Achievement Gaps

· Higher Education

Time: 6:30-8:30 pm

Date: TONIGHT – Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Location: Ryan Middle School Cafeteria – 951 Airport Way in Fairbanks

For more information, contact: Carol Lee Gho | 907.474.5443


The Galena Interior Learning Academy [GILA] Post Secondary Programs in Galena is offering the FAA approved Aircraft Dispatcher Training in Galena from April 12th to May 21st 2010.

The training is being funded in part, by the Dept of Labor and Workforce Development AGIA grant.

Course name: Aircraft Dispatcher Training

Course length: 212 hours

Course period: 8 hours a day, five days a week for 6 weeks

Course Instructors: FAA certified aircraft dispatchers: Mike Morgan coordinator

Venue: Aviation building: GILA campus: Galena, Alaska

Educational requirements: High School Diploma or Equivalent required

Job Experience: experience in the airline field useful

Age Requirements: 23 years to obtain an aircraft dispatcher certificate

Cost of training:

Course instruction in Galena: Free to student

Accommodation in Galena at the GILA Adult dorm [private room with bathroom]: Free to student

Meals at the Two Season Dining Hall [3
meals a day during the week and 2 meals a day weekends] in Galena: Free to student

Books, educational and training materials: Free to student

Transportation to and from Galena; to the cost of the student or sponsoring air carrier

Personal expenses: to the cost of the student

Start Date: 12th April 2010

End Date: 21st May 2010

Number of participants: 8 students

The 212 hours course it taught by certified instructors for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week for 6 weeks. The aircraft dispatcher course is an intensive course, requiring total commitment by the student. The FAA written and oral examinations will take place at the end of the course. The student will then be awarded the FAA certified Aircraft Dispatcher certificate which is valid throughout the United States.

The training will be conducted in the GCSD Aviation building on the GILA campus. Housing is provided in private rooms in the Iditarod Residential Building on campus. Meals are held at the Two Seasons Dining Hall. The GILA campus is a drug and alcohol free campus.

If interested, contact Isabella Apfelbeck, Special Programs Coordinator, Galena City School District, Tel: 907-656-1205 x 121, Fax: 907-656-1368 or via email:

You are invited to a Social Gathering this Friday, March 19th 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center in Fairbanks to celebrate Developing Native Professionals!

This group is aimed at supporting and providing REAL opportunities for Native men and women 20 – 40 years of age working or serving in a professional setting. *

We met once before and had a wonderful time together. This time it is a social event, and there will be food & great company without all the “business” on the agenda! We’ll also set a date for our next “working lunch” as a group.

We hope to see you this Friday, after the Doyon, Limited Annual Shareholder Meeting!

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*Disclaimer: We have a specific age group because this allows us to support one another more effectively. We are engaging a smaller group with specific needs and similar challenges.

For questions please call Joy Huntington @ 378-1523 (cell) or 459-3740 (wk).

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