July 2011

Tanana Chiefs Conference Chief Andrew Isaac Health Clinic (CAIHC) works with out-of-state students. Below is a copy of the student health form which needs to be filled out with a letter from the registrar office stating that they’re active full-time students. Students are also required to use an Indian Health Services facility if available.

For questions, contact Rachel A. Wood, Contract Health Services, rachel.wood@tananachiefs.org, 907 451-6682 ext. 3614.

Student Health Form.doc

Doyon Foundation is seeking a full-time Administrative Assistant. The primary responsibilities of this position is to work closely with the Executive Director to provide administrative duties and board support that enables Doyon Foundation to operate in an efficient manner. This position also works with other Foundation staff to support the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, the foundation’s scholarship programs, community relations and fundraising. Please click here to review the position description and/or to apply.

Administrative Assistant position in Anchorage, Alaska.

· The following position is expected to close soon, if you know of anyone who is interested in applying, please encourage them to do so today.

PLEASE SUBMIT RESUME AND COVER LETTER AS FOLLOWS:  via mail: Gana-A’Yoo Limited, Attention: Human Resources, 6927 Old Seward Hwy, Suite 101, Anchorage, AK 99507, via email: ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­sshern-holta, via facsimile: (907) 569-9600.

· The Fairbanks office will close on 8/26/11, please route all your shareholder requests to the Anchorage location at 1-888-656-1606. The mailing address is: Gana-A’Yoo, Limited, 6927 Old Seward Hwy., Ste 101, Anchorage, AK 99518.

If you have any questions or require further information, please call 451-9599 or 1-888-656-1606, thank you kindly.

Administrative Assistant Job Description.docx

Winter 2011 Online Basic Scholarship Applications Now Available

The online basic application for the 2011 winter semester is now available online. Please note these scholarships are for vocational students only (Doyon Foundation’s definition of vocational is any student in a program or training which lasts three years or less). The scholarships range from $400 for part-time students to $800 for full-time students. Applications are due September 15, 2011. To apply, students must submit:

· A complete online application form

· Signed release and consent form

· Proof of academic enrollment

· Official transcripts

Students are encouraged to apply for scholarships online. If students do not already have an online account, they can create one at www.doyonfoundation.com/CreateAccount.aspx. This should be done at least seven days in advance of the scholarship application deadline.

For more information, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Doyon Foundation at 907.459.2048, 1-888-478-4755 or foundation@doyon.com.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks is seeking applications for an individual to be the new Director of TRiO – Student Support Services at the main campus in beautiful Fairbanks, Alaska. Please use the following link to access the job announcement directly – https://www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=74479<http://www.uakjobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=74479> or go to the the UAKJobs website at https://www.uakjobs.com and use the following posting number to find the position: 0062302. The position closes July 28th.

If you have any difficulty applying or have questions you may contact UAF Human Resources @ 907-474-7700.

See the below link for Alaska Native Medical Center’s (ANMC) Contract Health rules/registration information. Their office states that is very important for Alaska Native college students to register if they’re attending school out of state. Students, be sure to fill out the information if this applies to you so you are not ‘stuck’ with enormous medical bills. Also note there is a 72-hour registration turn-around requirement.

For questions, please contact Wilpres Albano at ANMC’s Contract Health office at wpalbano@anthc.org.


If you had asked us at the Doyon Foundation that question a few weeks ago, our answer probably would have been “hmmm, we’re not sure…” For most of us, that goal sounds pretty out of reach. But within the past couple of weeks, we have seen first-hand that it is possible, especially with the outpouring of support from some of Alaska’s most generous organizations, companies and individuals.

It all started with one little seed, in this case, an email from Diane Kaplan of Rasmuson Foundation. This incredible organization offered Doyon Foundation a $5,000 grant to benefit our scholarship program, which each year provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarships to hundreds of students. With this seed money, we decided to establish a new competitive scholarship for Doyon Foundation students who are studying health, which is the number one field of study for our students, as well as a high-demand career field across the state and nation.

Wanting us to get the most benefit from their contribution, Diane encouraged us to seek a $5,000 match for the Rasmuson Foundation grant. That alone sounded like a pretty lofty goal, but our staff immediately set off to face the challenge.

Our first phone call was to the loyal group that comprises the Doyon Foundation Alumni Association. Time after time, these individuals have proven their generosity, care and concern for current students. At last count, 27 alumni members had already raised $1,300. We were on our way.

Next, we made a call to Tanana Chiefs Conference, an organization that is deeply committed to providing health care services to the more than 10,000 Alaska Natives living in Fairbanks and Interior Alaska villages. Their response was an incredible $2,500 donation to our effort!

Invigorated by the answers we’d received so far, we went into our annual fundraising event – the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic – with high hopes that we would attain the $5,000 match with the support of the golfers and sponsors in attendance. We got that – and so much more.

When the golf classic attendees, who were already there supporting our scholarship program, heard about our new scholarship and our goal to match Rasmuson Foundation’s grant, they enthusiastically got on board. Norman L. Phillips, Jr., Orie Williams, Diane Kaplan, Aaron Schutt, Bobbie Quintavell, Victor Nicholas, Ch’izhur, LLC, Julie Anderson, Jim Johnsen, Mike O’Connor and ConocoPhillips all made incredibly generous pledges that evening, allowing us to easily reach – and extend beyond – our original goal.

Already surprised by the evening’s events, the next thing that happened rendered us speechless. We’d already raised a total of $10,200 – well beyond our $5,000 target – when Diane Kaplan took the stage … and announced that Rasmuson Foundation would match our match!

As our accountant Kelly Ward quickly tallied the results, we determined that we had raised a total of $25,400! Amazingly, this number continues to grow, as others hear about the effort and want to get involved.

With these funds, we are able to establish the new competitive health scholarship for Doyon Foundation students. This new scholarship will allow us to help ensure our students are prepared to enter the workforce in an important, high-demand field. It’s an undertaking that will benefit students and Alaskans for many years to come.

So now, when someone asks us, “How do you raise $25,000 in one week?” we’ll be able to answer, “All you need is a great idea … and some of the most caring people in the state of Alaska!”

Want to get on board in supporting our scholarship program? Contact us at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com!

ANCHORAGE, AK – Elisha “Bear” Baker, dean of the University of Alaska Anchorage College of Business and Public Policy (CBPP), announced today that Willie Hensley has accepted the position of “Visiting Distinguished Professor of Business and Public Policy” in CBPP.

Hensley, one of the most recognized leaders in Alaska, will work with CBPP throughout the 2011-12 academic year. His primary focus will be to design new curriculum centered on Alaska Native business and corporation management, and to develop cases that address Native business law and policy issues. He will also teach the Alaska Native Business Management course (BA 490A) in the fall and spring semesters.

In addition, Hensley will work with the Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER) and key university leaders to identify and develop new research opportunities. He will present one public lecture during the academic year, to be announced at a later date.

Hensley was instrumental in the framing of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act of 1971 and has provided leadership in both the public and private sectors in numerous organizations including the Alaska Legislature, the Alaska Federation of Natives and First Alaskans Institute. In recent years, he has mentored other indigenous peoples throughout the world.

“CBPP is fortunate to have Hensley join the distinguished team of scholars already in the college,” said Dean Baker. “CBPP is committed to developing and delivering business and public policy courses and programs focused on Alaska Native organizations and business. Hensley’s assistance with sharpening the focus of CBPP offerings, collaborating on developing teaching cases, facilitating communications and exchange with Alaska Native communities, and mentoring students and faculty will have a significant impact on business education for Alaska.”

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Jessica D. Hamlin * Office of University Relations * (907) 786-1288 http://www.uaa.alaska.edu

AVTEC-Alaska’s Institute of Technology is accepting applications for two $2,000 scholarships funded by Crowley Maritime Corp. for Alaska Native students. The scholarships are for students who will attend AVTEC’s Able-Bodied Mariner Training Program in Seward. Scholarship winners will be able to use the awards for the next AB mariner training program in the fall.

Click here for more information.

· Gana-A’Yoo Limited seeks an Administrative Assistant in Anchorage. Call 1-866-656-1606 or email sshern-holta@ganaaayoo.com for more information.

Calling All Alaska Native Artists!

The Alaska Native Heritage Center announces an exciting opportunity for Alaska Native writers and other artists, and we’d like to ask your help in spreading the word.

Alaska Native Playwrights Project (ANPP) seeks to identify, teach and nurture Alaska Native playwrights and to establish a repertoire of uniquely Alaska Native plays derived from the rich oral tradition of Alaska’s indigenous cultures.

Last year’s initial cohort completed nine plays, all of which received readings at Cyrano’s Playhouse to launch Anchorage’s Alaska Native American Indian Heritage Month celebration. Subsequently, three of the plays were included in the Play Lab of the 2011 Last Frontier Theatre Conference in Valdez, AK, and two were invited to the Native Voices Playwrights Retreat and 13th Festival of Plays, with readings at LaJolla Playhouse in San Diego and the Autry National Center in Los Angeles.

Now, we are recruiting our next cohort of ten Alaska Native artists from across the state for a year-long mentorship. Here’s how you can help:

· PLEASE POST the attached Call for Participants, Artist Application and FAQ Sheet (ANPP 2012 Submission Packet).

· Application and information also available online at www.alaskanative.net. Under the Education and Programs tab, select the hyperlink to the Alaska Native Playwrights Project (ANPP) page.

· For more information: Email ebourgeois or call (907) 330-8057. Please distribute this email and Submission Packet to any and all who might be interested.

· Please treat as TIME SENSITIVE. The deadline for artist applications is August 31, 2011.

Thank you for your help publicizing this important opportunity for Alaska Native writers.

Ed Bourgeois

Project Director

Ed Bourgeois

Director of Public Programs

Alaska Native Heritage Center

8800 Heritage Center Drive

Anchorage, AK 99504

Phone: (907) 330-8057


ANPP 2012 Submission Packet.pdf

Deadline for application submission is August 5, 2011

Each year, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development awards five scholarships to American Indian college or graduate students majoring in business. Scholarships are awarded at the Indian Progress in Business Awards Banquet (INPRO) held annually in September.

In addition to the scholarship, recipients are provided lodging, ground transportation and airfare (from within the U.S.) Recipients must be able to attend.

Eligible students must be enrolled full-time at the junior, senior or gradate level. Applicants must submit the application below, as well as a statement requesting consideration and stating their reasons for pursuing higher education, their plans following completion of their degree and any other relevant information such as activities and commitment to the community. Submitted applications must include separate essays (250 words each) that specifically address Community Involvement, Personal Challenges, and Business Experience (Paid or Volunteer) criteria to earn maximum points. Applications are judged primarily on achievement and commitment to the community. Transcripts (official or unofficial) and documentation of tribal enrollment must accompany the application. For further information please contact Phyllis Smith at 1-800-4NCAIED Ext 244 or email events.


Native American Youth Challenge


President Obama has challenged all to help win the future by out-educating, out-innovating, and out-building our competitors in the 21st century.

Are you doing extraordinary things to make a difference for your tribe, village or community? Take the Native American Youth Challenge. We want to hear your stories and a group of exceptional Native youth community leaders will be invited to the White House this fall in conjunction with the activities of Native American heritage month. We will also consider your stories of leadership and service as we feature individuals on the White House website. Tell us your story – everyone has a story to tell and a part to play.


  • You must be aged 13-25
  • Maximum of 250 words
  • All submissions must be received by September 30, 2011
  • Submissions may be about yourself or another leader in your community, however all submissions must be written by people age 25 or younger
  • Any individuals invited to the White House will be responsible for obtaining their own travel and lodging

Your submissions should include a description of the leadership or community activity, the number of people involved or impacted, key examples of success, and barriers or challenges for the leadership efforts and how they were overcome.

Each month, Doyon Foundation shares a new Native word and definition here on the website. This month’s Native word is:

Gaal tsoo’neelaagh de hoolaanh = The time to try to catch king salmon
Central Koyukon Athabascan

Thank you to Foundation board secretary/treasurer Lorraine David for providing this translation.

Click here to hear a recording of this month’s Native word.

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

Check back for next month for August’s Native word!

Want to see previous words of the month? Click here.

Law Enforcement Academy Scholarship Opportunity!

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity available to all Alaska Native students wishing to attend the Fall 2011 Law Enforcement Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College (formerly Tanana Valley Campus).

The scholarship is generously funded by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Program. The next academy will be held August 15 – November 11, 2011 in Fairbanks, Alaska. For more information on the academy, visit: http://www.tvc.uaf.edu/programs/lawacad/.

To apply for a scholarship, download and complete the application located on our website at http://www.doyonfoundation.com.

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