June 2014

Below is a flyer showing a great opportunity in Fairbanks to learn how to make a modern-day kaspeq! The workshop will be held July 25-27, 2014. For more information contact Daisy Henry at 907.474-5439 or 1.888.474.5207.

Below is the Alaska Youth Academy flyer and application.  Please help spread the word to TCC Tribal Members ages 15-18 who reside within the region.  This event will be held at UAF – July 28th through August 2nd, 2014.  (Travel dates will be July 26/27 and August 3)

Accommodations to be provided are:

· Travel

· Lodging

· Food

· Chaperones

YOUTH DO NOT NEED TO BE INCOME ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. If youth are working under the SYEP and ASAP program they will still be paid wages that week while attending the academy. If there are any questions, contact Katina Charles, Youth Manager, Employment & Training at 907-452-8251 x 3353 or katina.charles@tananachiefs.org.

Youth Academy Application-TCC2014.pdf

AYA-Fairbanks trifold.pdf

The AAIP and the University of Minnesota School of Medicine invites all American Indian and Alaska Native students interested in pursuing a career in medicine or allied health to attend their pre-admission workshop where they will cover an overview of the MCAT exam, the application process, and discussions on selecting the right school and financial aid resources. Participants will also interact directly with physicians and current medical students. Scholarships are available to cover the cost of attending the workshop.
Workshop dates are July 22 — 23, 2014 and will be held in Denver, Colorado.
The application deadline is Monday, July 7, 2014. Download the application here and email complete forms to glankford@aaip.org.
For more information, please contact AAIP at 405-946-7072 or email Gary Lankford at glankford@aaip.org.

The George Washington University’s Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) offers full scholarship to Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and graduate students to study applied American politics as part of the semester in Washington Politics program at GW. Funded by a generous grant from the AT&T Foundation, the scholarship includes up to nine credits in tuition, on-campus housing, round-trip air travel and a stipend for books and living expenses.

During this program students will learn how public policy decisions are made, how power is wielded, how government is run and how democratic politics function in a free society. This program involves rigorous coursework in applied politics, hands-on professional internships, development of relationship with mentors, and interaction with Washington’s political and policy decisions-makers and leaders in the Native American political community.

The Application DEADLINE for the Spring 2015 program is October 15, 2014.

Apply On-line at: http://semesterinwashington.gwu.edu/naplp

More Information: Please contact NAPLP Office at 202-994-3284 or at naplp@gwu.edu.

Elias Saylor recently joined Doyon Foundation as a summer intern with the Language Revitalization Program. Elias was placed at the Foundation through the First Alaskans Institute summer internship program.

Elias Saylor

Elias Saylor

Originally from Healy Lake and Tanana, Elias has been living in Fairbanks since 2005. He is the son of Ben Saylor of Healy Lake and Maureen Walsh of Tanana, and was also raised by his stepmother Karen Saylor of Stevens Village.

“As someone who grew up with a strong cultural upbringing, I encourage Alaska Native people to learn their culture, especially their language, and also am a strong believer in First Alaskans Institute’s (FAI) mission of advancing Alaska Natives and doing so through placing young Native leaders with partner organizations to help complete that mission within their communities. Being accepted into the FAI summer internship program, as well as being placed with Doyon Foundation in the Language Revitalization Program, is a great honor to me and I’m proud to be a part of it,” Elias said.

Elias attends the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is a senior in the Rural Development Program, with a focus on indigenous knowledge.

While interning with Doyon Foundation working in the Language Revitalization Program, I’m hoping to learn new ways to encourage and spark peoples’ interest in learning their Native language so I may take what I’ve learned and apply it to my own family and community as well.  For me, this will be a great addition to my rapporteur of leadership skills. Also I’m hoping to gain more work experience and increase my network in the professional workplace,” he said.

The objective of FAI’s summer internship program is to help develop Alaska Native leaders. This year marked the 11th year of the program for Alaska Native undergraduate/graduate students. Since inception, the 10-week summer session has placed well over 200 interns with more than 100 employer hosts, including Doyon Foundation. More information is available at www.firstalaskans.org.

Job Title : Compensation & Benefits Manager
State : Alaska
City : Anchorage
Description : The Manager of Compensation & Benefits is part of a cohesive Human Resources Team that actively supports the company’s employees throughout their respective careers, to ensure both employee and company success. As an integral part and a leader of the HR Team, the Manager of Compensation and Benefits has a leadership role in ensuring the company attracts and retains the right employees for a fast-paced, constantly evolving competitive telecommunications environment. The responsibilities of the position include the development, maintenance and administration of the company’s cash and equity compensation, as well as benefit plans, effectively communicating the value and details of these plans to a workforce of approximately 800 represented and 200 non-represented employees, and actively delivering on the daily operational requirements to ensure all employees are provided accurate and timely administration of their compensation and benefit programs.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Has a major role in evaluating the company’s total compensation in the context of the company’s financial, employment and other objectives and takes action or makes recommendations to executive management, as appropriate, regarding program design, scope, and management. Assists in analyzing the competitiveness of the company’s base pay in local, regional and national markets and in the context of total compensation, develops recommendations for pay structure adjustments and annual pay budgets, and manages the execution of approved pay structure movements and annual pay budgets.

Implements and administers incentive variable pay programs for key areas, including both represented and non-represented positions, to align these employees’ pay with company objectives; partners with different business units to administer pay and benefit program elements, including budgeting, communications and payments; recommends adjustments and new programs to maintain alignment with and further the company’s objectives to retain and productive and engaged workforce. Implements and administers various equity compensation programs for all company employees, to include stock options, restricted stock, performance shares, and other plans; manages the critical administrations of these stock plans, to include communications, vesting, transactions, vendor program performance, and program effectiveness.

Evaluates and recommends revisions and enhancements as appropriate and implements approved changes. Implements and administers the company’s benefit programs, including various pension retirement plans, health and welfare plans, 401K plan, income replacement programs, an education assistance program, an employee assistance program and other plans. Implements departmental self-audits and necessary process changes to ensure data entry and report information is error free; directs development of various departmental and company metrics. Ensures all company policies and procedures applicable to compensation and benefits are correctly documented, approved and updated as necessary, ensuring internal consistency and continuity, as well as compliance with various laws and regulattions, FLSA, EEO, Sarbanes Oxley, and SEC requirements, as required.

Leads and/or actively participates in formal and informal cross-functional workgroups to improve both Human Resources and company processes.

Provides leadership, motivation, direction, instruction and assistance to assigned HR Team members. Sets performance goals for assigned HR staff and continually provides feedback regarding actual performance in comparison to individual, HR Team and company targets. Provides guidance to correct off target behavior and when appropriate initiates disciplinary action. Actively plans and assists developing job growth opportunities for HR Team members that also strengthen the HR funtion. Ensures adherence to the company’s policies and procedures. Develops and maintains a positive work environment free of harassment and other inappropriate behaviors. Identifies workplace problems and takes corrective action in accordance with company policies, procedures, and guidelines.

This position manages and motivates the HR Team members who provide the company’s daily compensation, benefits, and stock plan operations and administration, and works frequently with other HR Team members, executives and employees. Direction of daily activities is minimal, as priorities are set out in written goals with the expectation that the incumbent can direct and perform the job, using the executive and upper management as resources for unusual or sensitive situations. When provided direction, the incumbent is expected to exercise the necessary skills and judgment to complete the tast or project satisfactorily.

Competency Statement(s)
Business Acumen – Ability to grasp and understand business concepts and issues.
Decision Making – Ability to make critical decisions while following company procedures.
Detail Oriented – Ability to pay attention to the minute details of a project or task.
Management Skills – Ability to organize and direct oneself and effectively supervise others.

Bachelor’s Degree (four year college or university)

Three to five year of experience required, to include two years of direct compensation and benefits progressive experience at the Analyst level or above.

Computer Skills
Familiarity of HRIS programs and systems is preferred.

Other Requirements
Critical thinking and analytical skills, ability to develop mathematical models; ability to develop and make presentations to all levels of employees including senior management.


Click here to apply

The Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) supports Native journalists, advocates for better representation of Native Americans in the media, and supports Native students pursuing journalism degrees. The NAJA Scholarship is open to high school seniors who have just graduated, as well as undergraduate and graduate students. Students must be current NAJA members and be pursuing a career in radio, television or print journalism. Scholarships range from $500 to $3,000. Visit the NAJA website to learn more about membership fees ($10 for high school students and $20 for college students) and reasons to join.

There is still time to apply! The 2014-2015 NAJA Scholarship deadline has been extended to June 20, 2014!

The application is online, click here to view the application and scholarship requirements.
For questions or inquiries about scholarships or other student-related programs, contact NAJA at 405-325-1649 or email rebeccalandsberry@naja.com.

A negotiations class that will be taking place at UAA at the end of July and will be taught by Dr. Frank Jeffries, from the College of Business and Public Policy. This will be an exceptional class for anyone who is responsible for negotiating as part of their job. We have four people from UAA’s Advancement department who will be attending along with people from the community.

One of the neatest things about the class is that it will be presented over the span of four weeks. This will give anyone participating in the class the opportunity to start working on implementation of the knowledge and then come back into the classroom for further discussion in hopes this will give people a greater level of absorption of the material as they discuss it over a number of weeks.

See attached flyer for more information.

Negotiations and Effectiveness Classes.pdf

AISES A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship


The A.T. Anderson Memorial Scholarship Program is funded through a variety of sources, including memorials, private donations, AISES fundraisers, corporate grants/contracts, and government grants.  The scholarship fund was established to memorialize A.T. Anderson, one of the founders of AISES.  This scholarship does not renew automatically, a student must complete a new application each year funding is sought.

Scholarship Amount:              

$1,000 for the academic year for Undergraduate students

$2,000 for academic year for Graduate students

20-40 awards to be made.

Eligible Degrees:  Mathematics, Medical Sciences, Physical Science, Technology, Science, Engineering, or Natural Resources

Other Criteria:

  • Must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at an accredited four-year college/university, or a full-time student at a two-year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree
  • Must have a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average (GPA).
  • Must be an enrolled member of an American Indian tribe, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian or otherwise considered to be an American Indian by the tribe with which affiliation is claimed; or is at least 1/4 American Indian blood; or is at least 1/4 Alaskan Native; or considered to be an Alaskan Native by an Alaskan Native group to which affiliation is claimed.
  • Must be a current AISES member.

Application Deadline:
The application deadline is June 15, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. MDT.

Application Process:
AISES only accepts applications submitted online via our online scholarship platform,https://aises.starsscholarshipsonline.com/stars/default.aspx.

Things to know beforehand:
A general application form is completed by the student online.  No paper applications are accepted. This general application requires the student to complete questions and submit documents that are relevant to all AISES scholarship programs and which will allow the scholarship platform to determine which scholarships the applicant is eligible for.  The system then prompts the student to apply for those scholarships and requests any additional information or documentation required by a particular scholarship that is not already addressed within the general application.

Students will create an account in the system.  They will create their own user name and password, which they may use any time to re-access the system.  This access is key, as students are responsible for ensuring that their documents and other requirements are in the system and that the information is up-to-date, especially contact information.  AISES Programs staff and the scholarship platform communicates primarily via email, thus email addresses should be current and email checked regularly,  If an email address changes, it is the student’s responsibility to inform AISES Programs staff.

Similarly, AISES does not inform students if their application is incomplete, letters of recommendation have not been received by the system, etc.  It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that requested and appropriate documentation has been uploaded into the system or received by it.  Likewise, the student applicant must follow-up with references, registrar’s offices, etc., to ensure they are aware of deadlines and to allow sufficient time to get required documents in time.  In order to keep the process fair and equitable, no exceptions are made for missed deadlines, as other applicants have worked hard to get their info in on time.

Who May Apply:
Each scholarship has its own eligibility requirements as determined by the funder.  However, each AISESscholarship requires that all applicants be current AISES memberships at the time of application.  To join AISES, please go to:  https://aises.site-ym.com/general/register_member_type.asp?%20. To check on your membership, please go to:  https://aises.site-ym.com/login.aspx.

Students must also be American Indian or Alaskan Native to apply.  Each scholarship program defines this differently.  Please read the eligibility requirements of each program carefully.  AISES requires proof of ancestry/membership, which includes verification by the official tribal/village/community governing body (either a signed letter from the governing entity or a governmental ID card) indicating enrollment status of the applying student or a federally issued Certificate of Degree of Indian Blood or Certificate of Degree of Alaska Native Blood (both abbreviated CDIB) that certifies the student has at least 25% degree of Native American/American Indian blood of a federally recognized Indian tribe, band, nation, pueblo, village, or community.

And, lastly, the student must be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student at either an accredited four-year college/university, or a full-time student at a two-year college enrolled in a program leading to an academic degree.  Again, each scholarship program may have its own unique requirements.  Full-time status for undergraduate students is defined as taking 12 credit hours of classes per semester (for schools not on a semester system or for graduate students, AISES uses your school’s definition of full-time).

Students cannot have more than one AISES academic scholarship in any one year.

Application Requirements:
All AISES scholarship programs require that students submit current transcripts from their college/university, as well as past transcripts from all colleges attended (if currently a college student).  For high school seniors just starting their college careers, your most recent high school transcripts, as well as transcripts from other high schools you attended must be submitted.  All transcripts must be official transcripts issued by the school’s registrar’s office.  AISES will NOT accept unofficial transcripts or grade reports.  The transcript must come directly from the school, college, or university registrar’s office and/or bear an official seal/signature.

Students are usually required to submit an essay (or two) as part of the application process.  All applicants will be expected to provide a personal statement limited to no more than 1000 words. This statement is evaluated reviewers and it is expected to address educational and/or career goals, interest in and motivation to continue higher education, demonstrate an understanding of the importance of college and the student’s commitment to complete the educational program undertaken, and demonstrate the student’s plan or desire to make a difference in or impact their community.

Lastly, all AISES applicants are required to upload a copy of their resume into the AISES scholarship online platform AND into the AISES Online Resume Database.  In order to submit a resume to the database, the applicant must be a current AISES member.

Selection Process:
Once the deadline ends, AISES Programs staff verify that all applications are complete.  The review process can take between 45-60 days.  Those that are not are declined automatically.  Complete applications are then reviewed by a minimum of three qualified reviewers who score each application based upon factors such as academic performance (GPA and academic record), the student’s personal essay (demonstrates character, commitment, goals), strength of recommendation letters, and other activities the student has undertaken including jobs, volunteer efforts, internships, extra-curricular activities, hobbies, etc.  Scored applications and reviewer comments are then used by AISES staff and some funders, to select scholarship recipients.

Notification Process and Payment:
Students can log into the system to check on the status of their scholarship application(s) at any time.  Additionally,AISES Programs staff will email students when decisions are made.  Students that are awarded will then be sent an award package that must be completed and returned before payment (made in two even installments, in the fall and spring) can be processed.  Students will be expected to provide transcripts showing course work completed and cumulative GPA after the application was submitted and an enrollment verification indicating full-time status for the fall semester/term as well.  All scholarship awards are dependent upon funding availability.

Varsity Tutors holds a monthly $1,000 college scholarship contest where students must write an essay in response to a monthly prompt. Visitors to the Varsity Tutors scholarship webpage are able to vote via social media for submitted entries. The top five entries with the most votes are reviewed by Varsity Tutors at the end of the month and one winner is subsequently chosen to receive the $1,000 college scholarship. Interested students can enter the contest here: http://www.varsitytutors.com/college-scholarship