May 2014

Here is a wonderful article on language revitalization. “If we are going to revitalize languages, then we need a sea change in value systems across our state.” -Xh’unei Lance A. Twitchell of Juneau.

Transparent Language, Inc. and the Doyon Foundation today announced the launch of the Doyon Foundation 7000 Partnership. The goal of the partnership is to create leading-edge software for the teaching and learning of the Athabascan languages of Alaska’s Doyon region, which encompasses approximately 12.5 million acres in Interior Alaska.

The Doyon Foundation 7000 Partnership is the latest initiative of Transparent Language’s 7000 Languages Project. With approximately 7,100 living languages in the world today, the goal of the 7000 Languages Project is to create world-class web- and mobile-delivered learning materials for the 7,000 languages beyond the top 100 or so that attract significant commercial support.

The technology for the 7000 Languages Project is donated by Transparent Language, but the passion and expertise for each project is brought together by regionally-focused 7000 Partnerships, of which the Doyon Foundation 7000 Partnership is the latest.

The Doyon Foundation 7000 Partnership is an initiative of the Doyon Foundation, a private, Alaska-based nonprofit working to strengthen language and culture within the Doyon region. “Providing cultural opportunities and a strong demonstration of Native traditional language and culture is at the core of Doyon Foundation’s mission and vision,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director. “This partnership will enable us to make significant strides toward the revitalization of our Native languages, which is critical for their survival.”

The 7000 Partnership also responds to a directive from the people and entities of the Doyon region to develop computer-assisted language-learning tools that support the preservation and revitalization of the region’s languages.

Transparent Language develops transformational language-learning and teaching software for serious language schools and programs in the US government and elsewhere. “We do deep work in less-common languages because our customers need to respond quickly and effectively to humanitarian crises or conflicts anywhere in the world,” says Michael Quinlan, CEO of Transparent Language. “The same technology is perfect for creating powerful learning software for the world’s under-resourced languages, so we created the pro bono 7000 Languages Project to meet that need.”

There are nine Athabascan languages in the Doyon region: Benhti Kenaga’ (Tanana), Deg Xinag, Denaakk’e (Koyukon), Denak’i (Upper Kuskokwim), Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in), Han, Holikachuk, Tanacross, and Née’ aaneegn’ (Upper Tanana). The Doyon Foundation 7000 Partnership will initially focus on one or two of those and later extend to the remaining languages. Potentially the partnership could evolve to include additional Alaska Native languages.

More information at

Dear Students,

This is a reminder to students who received a Spring 2014 Doyon Foundation scholarship and applied for the Summer 2014 or Fall 2014 scholarship.  If you completed your scholarship application by the deadline and were a spring 2014 scholarship recipient, it is required that you submit your unofficial (if you are a summer 2014 applicant)/Official(if you are a fall 2014 applicant)transcripts showing final spring grades by today, May 23, 2014 .  You can email them to or send them to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.

For more information, see Doyon Foundation’s scholarship application guidelines at or contact Maurine Isaacson, Scholarship Program Manager at or (907) 459-2048.

When Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient Raymond Pitka Jr. looks at Alaska’s youth, he sees potential and possibilities, waiting to be uncovered and developed.


“No one knows the full reach of a person, and that in itself is exciting and sometimes sad. I often think about the Boston bombings and the people who had died there, especially an 8-year old boy. We won’t know this boy’s full reach in life. Perhaps he would have brought many great things to existence had he lived,” Raymond shares.

“That’s how I see youths in Alaska, and supporting them through the Foundation is one great way in achieving that.”

As a Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, Raymond understands the importance of that support. “I feel greatly honored to be a recipient of a Morris Thompson competitive scholarship. It has definitely allowed me to focus more on school work rather than worry about financial issues,” said Raymond, who received a $3,000 Morris Thompson undergraduate award for the 2013 – 2014 school year.

The scholarship is helping Raymond attend Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, where he will graduate in April 2015 with a degree in accounting. He plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree and become a certified public accountant.

Raymond shares that the biggest challenge he has faced during his education is being hard-of-hearing. “However, with support from my doctor and family as well as friends, I have no trouble with my learning abilities at this moment,” he says.

“There are going to be times in life when you are feeling super down and out, but that doesn’t mean you should give up so easily,” he says. “The road to destination is often the adventure everyone is looking for and they missed it because they’re too focused on the goal far in the future. Take each day at a time is my philosophy.”

Originally from Fairbanks, Raymond is the son of Raymond Pitka Sr. and Debra Pitka, and the grandson of Sam and Elizabeth Pitka, and Donald and Marie Head. He has two brothers, Jonothan Head and Christopher Pitka, and an older sister, Shirley Pitka.

“I have always relied on family for support. They’re always there for me, through the thick and thin,” Raymond says.

Read more student profiles and success stories on the Doyon Foundation website.

A total of 92 Alaskans donated to Doyon Foundation through the Pick. Click. Give. program in 2014, giving $5,600 of their PFDs to benefit student scholarships. Last year, 73 Alaskans donated a total of $5,900 to Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give.Image

“We are so grateful to the donors who are supporting our students by sharing a portion of their 2014 PFDs,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director.

Although the 2014 PFD application deadline has passed, Alaskans still have the opportunity to add or change a Pick. Click. Give. donation. Simply visit the PFD website and click on the “Add or Change Your Pick. Click. Give Donation” button on the right-hand side of the page.

According to Pick. Click. Give., more Alaskans than ever donated a record amount to Alaska’s nonprofits. A total of $2.77 million was donated (a 13 percent growth over 2013), with an average of $104 per donor (up from $94 in 2013. There were a total of 26,773 donors this year, equaling a 4.8 percent participation rate.

Doyon Foundation awarded a total of 75 scholarships totaling $49,600 to students enrolled in summer semester classes. The scholarships included 26 $400 basic part-time scholarships, and 49 $800 basic full-time scholarships.

The next scholarship application deadline is November 15 for basic and competitive scholarships for the spring 2015 semester. For more information, click here or contact Maurine Isaacson, scholarship program manager, at or 907.459.2049.

The class of 2014 was celebrated at the  Doyon Foundation Graduation Reception, which took place May 9 in Fairbanks. A total of 40 people, including staff, board members, donors, supporters, family and friends, attended the reception. See photos from the event on Facebook.


The event featured alumni speaker Paul Mountain, a graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) and a current Foundation board member, as well as graduate speaker Lessa Peter, who graduated from UAF this spring and currently works in the communications department at Doyon, Limited.

Graduates had the opportunity to introduce themselves to reception attendees, and the afternoon culminated with light refreshments and visiting.

The Foundation will distribute the 2014 Graduate Yearbook e-newsletter this spring. Those interested in receiving the yearbook and other Foundation news are encouraged to sign up for the Foundation e-newsletter at

This spring, shoppers have helped Doyon Foundation earn $315 – just by shopping at Fred Meyer! Simply by linking their Fred Meyer rewards card to Doyon Foundation, and using their card with they shop, shoppers have nearly funded an entire basic part-time scholarship for a deserving student.

Want to support the Foundation while you shop? Follow these simple steps:

  • Sign up for the community rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer rewards card to Doyon Foundation at Search for the Foundation by name or by nonprofit number 94583.
  • Every time you shop and use your rewards card, you are helping the Foundation earn a donation!
  • You still earn your rewards points, fuel points and rebates, just as you do today.
  • If you do not have a rewards card, they are available at the customer service desk of any Fred Meyer store.
  • For more information on the community rewards program, please visit

For more information on opportunities to support Doyon Foundation, click here.

Arctic Information Technology (AIT), a subsidiary of Doyon Government Group, has donated $3,000 to Doyon Foundation to establish a new competitive scholarship. The first scholarship will be awarded this fall for the 2014 – 2015 academic year.

The Arctic Information Technology competitive scholarship will be awarded to a Doyon, Limited shareholder or descendent, who is a junior or senior majoring in information technology, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

“This scholarship was established to support the educational goals of a shareholder interested in pursuing a career in the information technology field,” said Kevin T. Slattery, senior vice president and general manager
of Doyon Government Group. “Computers and information technology services impact every aspect of today’s world. The industry is large and will continue to support employment for many years to come.”

AIT is a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner, providing advanced computer support, keeping customer enterprises on the forefront of today’s ever-changing technology landscape with IT network solutions, IT support, cloud computing services, financial management software, and comprehensive support for Microsoft and HP products.

For more information on AIT, visit For more information on the scholarship, contact Maurine Isaacson, Doyon Foundation scholarship program manager, at or 907.459.2049.


How would you like to spend the day on the golf course, while helping raise money for scholarships? Volunteers are needed for the 2014 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, to be held Thursday and Friday, June 12 and 13 in Fairbanks, Alaska.Image

A total of 15 – 20 volunteers are needed on Friday, June 13 from 7:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Chena Bend Golf Course on Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. Volunteers will be placed at the different holes along the course to spot balls for the golfers.

“This will ultimately keep the golfing moving along more efficiently,” said Charlene Marth, volunteer coordinator for the golf classic.

Last year’s golf classic raised a record-setting $115,600 and drew 120 golfers, 150+ sponsors and more than two dozen volunteers, who all came together to benefit the Morris Thompson Scholarship Fund, an endowed fund that provides scholarships to support the efforts of hard-working Alaska Native students.

For more information or to sign up as a volunteer, contact Charlene Marth at 907.459.2118 or


Starting a career in law enforcement has never been easier, with the Law Enforcement Academy scholarship from Doyon Foundation. The $6,800 scholarships, generously funded by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Program, cover the cost of attending the Law Enforcement Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. All Alaska Natives are eligible to apply, and there are three scholarships available.Law Enforcement Academy scholarship flyer

The scholarship application deadline is Friday, July 11, 2014. The scholarship application packet is available on the Doyon Foundation website. The next academy takes place August 18 – November 14.

To provide additional incentives to interested applicants, Doyon Universal Services (DUS) is offering to pay the fees for items required in the application, including criminal history, drug test, driving record history and fingerprints. Applicants can take advantage of this offer by contacting Rick Harwell, DUS human resources director, at 907.522.1300 or

The 13-week Law Enforcement Academy will prepare graduates for careers in law enforcement and security. According to Scott Jones, director of investigations and training at DUS, there are always law enforcement and security positions available in Alaska, especially if the applicant is willing to relocate. “Within Doyon Universal Services, we endeavor to place all successful Alaska Native graduates,” he said.

The career field offers competitive pay and benefits. At DUS, for example, starting pay begins at $15 – $22 per hour, depending on the position and applicant experience. The company also offers optional medical insurance and 401k plans.

“The Law Enforcement Academy was one of the best choices I’ve made. It challenges you both mentally and physically. It opens up a lot of job opportunities within the field,” said Audrey George, who completed the academy in 2011, and has been working in the DUS Security Division since graduating. “I highly recommend the Law Enforcement Academy at UAF to anyone that wants to challenge themselves and open a door to great opportunities.”

George is one of many Law Enforcement Academy graduates who have gone on to have successful and rewarding careers. Read more graduate stories on the Foundation website.

For more information on the academy, visit To apply for a scholarship, visit the Foundation website to download the application. For more information, contact Doyon Foundation at 907.459.2048, 1.800.478.4755 or

Registration is now open for the 2014 Signs of the Land: Reaching Arctic Communities Facing Climate Change Camp Academy. The camp will be held July 28 – 31, at Howard Luke Galee’ya Camp in Fairbanks, Alaska. Space is limited, and the registration deadline has been extended to Friday, July 11. Partial travel assistance and optional university credit are available to camp participants.

The camp, which is designed for Alaska Native educators, local leaders and planners, and rural community members, will explore the PoLAR Climate Change Education Partnership (CCEP) activities and climate change information through the cultural lens of Arctic communities in Alaska.

Participants will attend a four-day overnight camp to gain insight and an understanding about local climate change observations and knowledge from participating Alaska Native elders, and learn about climate change interactive resources. Participants will also design an individual plan to share and adapt the activities to fit the needs of their particular community.

The camp is offered through a partnership between the Association of Interior Native Educators, the Gwich’in Steering Committee, Doyon Foundation and the University of Alaska Fairbanks International Arctic Research Center.

Visit the event website for more information, to register or to apply for travel assistance.


Are you looking for a way to give back? Would you like to be part of a process that helps students reach their academic goals, achieve their dreams, and succeed in life? If so, consider serving on the Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship review committee.

The deadline for candidates interested in serving on the competitive scholarship review committee has been extended to Wednesday, May 21, 2014. There are three open seats on the scholarship review committee. These seats are open to Doyon, Limited shareholders; one seat must be filled by a candidate living in a rural community in the Doyon region. Interested candidates should submit a résumé and a letter of interest outlining why they’d like to serve.

For more information on qualifications and responsibilities, visit the Foundation website or contact the Doyon Foundation at 907.459.2048 or

ANTHC offers $5,000 scholarships for 10 Alaska Native and American Indian students

To achieve the vision that Alaska Native people are the healthiest people in the world, the Alaska Tribal Health System must also be healthy and robust. As an integral part of ANTHCs long-term strategy to increase the number of Alaska Native and American Indian people working in health care fields, ANTHC’s Board of Directors established a fund that offers annual education scholarships to Alaska Native and American Indian people, including our staff. Ten scholarships of $5,000 will be awarded this year.

This year’s scholarships will be awarded for the fall term of the 2014-2015 academic year and can be used for tuition, books and fees for professional certificate programs or higher education degrees. The scholarship applications are due Friday, June 20. This scholarship award is open to Alaska Native or American Indian people who meet the following eligibility requirements: are permanent Alaska residents; are interested in working in the health care field; and are currently enrolled in a formal education or training program.

To request an application or receive more information about the ANTHC scholarships, please contact Claudia Tiepelman, ANTHC’s Education, Development and Training Associate Trainer, at (907) 729-1301 or learning.

ANTHC Scholarship Application 2014.docx

Join us to celebrate the Doyon Foundation class of 2014! The Doyon Foundation 2014 Graduation Reception will be held this Friday, May 9 from 2 – 4 p.m. at the Doyon Industrial Facility at 615 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks. Graduates, their family and friends, as well as Doyon Foundation supporters are encouraged to attend.

The reception will feature alumna speaker Laverne Demientieff, the clinical assistant professor in the Social Work Department at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), as well as graduate speaker Lessa Peter, who will be graduating from UAF this spring and currently works in the communications department at Doyon, Limited.

Graduates in attendance will have the opportunity to introduce themselves, and light refreshments will also be provided.

For more information, please visit, or contact Sheila Vent at 907.459.2048 or

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