June 2013

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Mahsi’ (Thank you),


Tonya Garnett

Executive Secretary

Fairbanks Native Association

605 Hughes Ave, Suite 100

Fairbanks, AK 99701


Phone: 907-452-1648, Ext  6235

Fax: 907-456-4148

Email: tgarnett@fairbanksnative.org

Website: www.fairbanksnative.org

Welder Training (Fairbanks)

The Plumbers & Pipefitters UA Local 375 is seeking interested individuals for an 18 week tuition free advanced welding course. Participants will be provided training in various pipe welding methods as required in pipeline construction, including associated classroom instruction. Students who satisfactorily complete the course work and successfully pass the downhill pipe qualification tests may be referred to the Local Union for dispatch.

All applicants are encouraged to have previous welding and construction experience. Applicants may be required to interview and/or complete a skills evaluation before selections. Selected participants will be expected to pass a drug screening as a condition of acceptance and may be subjected to a physical abilities exam as a condition of employment. While in training participants will be required to provide their own housing and transportation.

Classes are scheduled to begin August 5, 2013 and will be held Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Fairbanks Pipeline Training Center. Participants will be expected to attend all training sessions made available to them. Welding and safety gear will be provided.

To apply please send cover letter, resume, current driving record and State of Alaska Department of Public Safety background check to:

UA Local 375 JATC
1978 Burgess Ave.
Fairbanks, AK 99709
Fax: 907-456-5905

Resumes will be accepted until July 15, 2013.

The Alaska Native Heritage Center (ANHC) will be hosting a, “Where Are Your Key?” language learning workshop. The workshop is open to the public and there is no charge for it. Please invite those who might be interested in learning and/or teaching a language.  Below are the workshop details:

  1. July 29 – Aug 1 – Where Are Your Keys? http://whereareyourkeys.org/ by creator of the method Evan Gardner (no limit):
  • New method successfully used in many language programs in Lower 48 and more recently on Kodiak
  • Where Are Your Keys? is a universally applicable learning and teaching system designed to empower communities to reverse the decline and extinction of languages. The WAYK system embraces the issue using a full spectrum of techniques designed to develop healthy self-sustaining language communities by bringing together every available resource available.
  • Held at AK Native Heritage Center in Anchorage

Attached is the registration form:

ANHC Lang WkShop Reg Form

For information or to register contact:

Aiggailnguq Ember Thomas

Lead Language Coordinator

Alaska Native Heritage Center

A Non-profit Organization

T (907) 330-8000

D (907) 330-8018

F (907) 330-8003

Summer 2013 Nee’aaneegn’ (July 15-20) & Denaakk’e (August 4-9) Language Weeks

This summer the Alaska Native Heritage Center will promote individualized learning opportunities for both Nee’aaneegn’ – Upper Tanana & Denaakk’e – Koyukon Athabascan languages through (2) weeklong language intensives.  Instructors will lead each group on personal introductions, storytelling, and hands on games with the help of two apprentice instructors and guidance from Elder speakers.

Nee’aaneegn’ Upper Tanana week will take place July 15-20 upriver from Northway at Native Village of Northway’s culture camp.  Upper Tanana Athabascan is spoken mainly in the Alaska villages of Northway, Tetlin, and Tok, but has a small population also across the border in Beaver Creek, Canada. 2007 data estimates the Alaskan population is about 300, of whom perhaps 55 speak the language. Ruth Johnny of Northway/Beaver Creek and Cheryl Silas of Northway/Fairbanks are the main instructors.

Denaakk’e Koyukon Athabascan week will take place in Anchorage August 4-9 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center’s Athabascan Ceremonial House. Koyukon occupies the largest territory of any Alaskan Athabascan language and is spoken in three dialects – Upper, Central, and Lower – in 11 villages along the Koyukuk and middle Yukon Rivers. 2007 data estimates the total current population is about 2,300, of whom about 150 speak the language. K’etsoo Susan Paskvan of Koyukuk/Fairbanks and NedosdeghaaLno Esther McCarty of Hughes/Ruby are the main instructors.
Travel and lodging are on your own, but food and all materials will be supplied with a generous Language Revitalization Grant from Doyon, Limited.  Both learning opportunities are free and open to those committed to strengthening their language in a fun and family friendly environment. Please register with Dewey Kk’oLeyo Hoffman at DHoffman@AlaskaNative.net / 907.330-8014. See www.AlaskaNative.net for more details.  Oneii! Join us!

Registration forms are attached:

Everyday Nee’aaneegn’ Course @ NORTHWAY JULY 15-20

Everyday Denaakk’e Course @ ANHC AUG 4-9

DEWEY KK’OŁEYO HOFFMAN, Development Manager

Alaska Native Heritage Center
8800 Heritage Center Drive
Anchorage, AK 99504

direct 907.330-8014

University of Alaska DANSRD is offering a one week intensive symposium to learn more about Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act and the perspectives of leadership from prominent Alaska Native leaders. Invited Elders include Alaska Native leaders: Willie Hensley, Emil Notti, John Sackett, John Borbridge, Jr., and Alice Petrivelli.

RD 492 Symposium – RD F600 Seminar Fall 2013 – GP.MW.pdf

Attached is an application for the Alaska Youth Academy. Please help spread the word on this awesome event and post the flyer! TCC Youth Services is recruiting youth ages 15-18 who’s a Tribal Member. Youth DO NOT NEED TO BE INCOME ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND. TCC is paying for lodging, food and transportation/airfare. We will be staying at UAF in the dorms, eat at the dining hall and the event will take place at the Wood Center Ballroom. The deadline to apply is this Friday.

If anyone has any questions contact Katina Charles, TCC Youth Manager, at 452-8251 x 3353 or katina.charles.

Youth Academy Application-TCC.pdf

Alaska Youth Academy Brochure.pdf

Alaska Youth Academy.pdf

The Alaska Teamsters JATC is announcing an application period statewide for the Construction Driver apprenticeship! The official announcement and minimum qualifications are attached. Applications will be available on the website starting Monday, June 24th.

For more information contact Cheri Lipps, Apprenticeship Coordinator at 907-751-9785.

2013 Summer Construction Driver Announcement ver 6-19-13.pdf

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