December 2014

January 2014

Zhuu = Small in stature or rejuvenating spirit.
Hai’ choo, zhuu needhaltsaii.
= Thank you very much, I ate my fill.

Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

February 2014

Nihtsai’ = I am stingy for you.
It’ee łyaa gwiintł’oo nihtsai’ ganandaii.
= Know that I truly treasure you, I am stingy for you.

Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

March 2014

Vijarvii = Wolverine’s knife
Vijarvii vatthaa gwatthoo vaa gweent’aa shro’.
= Don’t cut his brown hind leg with Wolverine’s knife.

(Wolverine’s knife is from a humorous Vasaagihdzak and Wolverine story, used for castrating humans. Metaphor is borrowed from Vasaagihdzak and Wolverine story: “When the knife is dull, you can’t cut into his brown hind leg.”)

Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

April 2014

April = Ch’ikee Zhrii
Gwahahgo’ = It’s turning springtime, it’s starting to melt.
Ch’ikee Zhrii gwahahgo’ dai’ łyaa shrôonch’yaa.
= It is nice in April when it is melting.

Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

May 2014

Gwiluu Zhrii = May
= Outside
Gwiluu Zhrii chiitaii gwa’an tseegwirii’in.
= In May we play outside.

Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

June 2014

Vanan Ch’iighoo = June
= Day
Vanan Ch’iighoo gwiizhik too tł’an gwa’an tth’aii drin gwanlii.
= In June it is still day at midnight.

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Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

July 2014

Nihłaa = Together, in unison
Nihłaa gwitr’it t’agwarah’in, ts’a’ nihłaa naraahaazhyaa goo’aii.
= We must work together and help one another.


Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

August 2014

Łeeriljil = We have gathered together
Khehłok gwitr’it t’agwarah’yaa it’ee łeeriljil.
= We have come together to work as one.

Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

September 2014

Naantł’ii = Caribou herd
Vadzaih naantł’ii łazhyaa duuyee gaa vankak geera’oo.
= That caribou herd [is so dense] we can’t even go through them.


Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

October 2014

Vadzaih Zhrii = October
Dink’ineejii = Young generation
Juk dink’ineejii naii googinjik k’yaa gogwaa’ee.
= The young generation today are learning their language.

Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

November 2014

Divii Zhrii = November

Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa = Our language/traditional way
Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa zhit diich’anjaa naii gooriheeł’ee.
= In our traditional way we honor our elders.


Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

December 2014

Ch’atsal = December

Oozhii = Present
Drin Tsal zhit oozhii kwaii gwintł’eeraazhik.
= During Christmas time we trade presents.

Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing this month’s translation.

BP Exploration Alaska has partnered with APICC to manage the BP Process Technology Scholarship Program.

The BP Process Technology Scholarship supports training for students who are interested in a career in Process Technology. An A.A.S degree in Process Technology prepares you for employment as an operations technician in the process industry. The program appeals to people who enjoy the challenges of using advanced computer technology and instrumentation to operate a variety of equipment systems and industrial processes. Process technology is defined as the study and application of the scientific principles associated with the operation and maintenance of the chemical processing industry.

Degree programs are offered through the University of Alaska Anchorage Kenai Peninsula College (KPC) in Soldotna, the KPC Anchorage Extension Site, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Community and Technical College. Scholarships are available to students attending the PTEC program either full-time or part-time.





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Anchorage, AK 99503

The School for Advanced Research, Indian Arts Research Center (IARC) offers two nine-month internships (September 1–May 31) to individuals who are recent college graduates, current graduate students, or junior museum professionals interested in furthering their professional museum experience and enhancing their intellectual capacity for contributing to the expanding field and discourse of museum studies. The internships include a monthly salary, housing, book allowance, travel to one professional conference, and reimbursable travel to and from SAR. One internship is open to an indigenous individual from the U.S. or Canada, and one internship is open to any U.S. or Canadian citizen meeting the application requirements.

Click here for more information.

The Center for Native American Youth will award the next two Native youth who submit a complete Champions for Change application with an autographed baseball jersey from Jacoby Ellsbury, and a DVD copy of MTV Rebel Music Native America! We want to make sure students submit their application material on time and hope these prizes are encouraging.

The Champions for Change program (CFC) was created by the Center for Native American Youth (CNAY) as an effort to shine a spotlight on incredible stories of youth leadership and help inspire young people across Indian Country. Check out videos from our 2013 and 2014 classes to hear about their experiences in the program!

Application Deadline: January 12, 2015

Selected participants will serve a two-year term on CNAY’s Youth Advisory Board and will receive:

  • A certificate of recognition and medal;
  • All-expense-paid trip with a chaperone to Washington, DC for the national recognition events;
  • Opportunities to meet with members of Congress;
  • Invitation to participate in a mentorship coordinated by the CNAY; and
  • Champions will be eligible for consideration for a future visit from a member of CNAY’s board of advisors to their home community to share more about their initiative for change.

In order for your application to be complete and reviewed by CNAY’s team, you must submit the following information: 

  • A signed and complete application form;
  • Essay or video describing your work to promote positive change; and
  • Complete recommendation forms (2 adult recommendations and 1 peer recommendation)

Applications can be submitted online or hard copies will be accepted by email, fax or mail. You can access application material at the links below:

If you have any questions, please contact CNAY at or (202) 736-2905.

Representatives from the Anchorage Construction Academy will be at the Anchorage Midtown Job Center on Monday, December 22 at 1:00pm in Room 100 to recruit students for their free construction training classes. There are several courses starting and students are needed. A calendar flyer will be provided at the orientation, come find out more information and please forward this information to anyone you think would be interested.

For more information click: Construction Training!

Young orators earn some of the most generous college scholarships available to high school students. Over $138,000 in scholarships can be awarded each year. The overall national contest winner gets an $18,000 scholarship. Second place takes home $16,000, and third gets $14,000. Each department (state) winner who is certified into and participates in the national contest’s first round receives a $1,500 scholarship. Those who advance past the first round receive an additional $1,500 scholarship. The American Legion’s National Organization awards the scholarships, which can be used at any college or university in the United States.

Learn more on how to apply here.

Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers. For more information visit Application deadline is January 31.

ANSWER 2.0 is a pilot project aimed at expanding science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education for middle school students.

Three components: ANSWER Camp, Career Awareness Academies, and a supported, technology-based social learning network.

Participants will improve academic skills and gain confidence and mastery necessary to be successful in their transitions from middle to high school and future endeavors related to STEM.

The program will work with a cohort of 45 students over the next three years.

The program will:

  • build confidence and self-esteem in students;
  • build a positive academic environment;
  • build academic-engaged time; and
  • build a supportive social context.

Click here for more information!

The Red Boucher Scholarship honors the late H.A. “Red” Boucher. It supports outstanding Alaskans pursuing careers in technology education and/or training. The link to more information and guidelines on how to submit an application are available at this link:

Exciting news for Alaska!  See the article here.

Nick Begich Scholarship Intern Fund

The Nick Begich Scholarship Intern Fund was created in 1977 to carry on the ideals of the late Congressman Nicholas J. Begich from Alaska, who came to the state in 1956 as a teacher and believed that education was both a right and a privilege, one that must be available to all as a key to self-realization. Since inception, the Fund has provided over $300,000 in support to exceptional Alaskans, helping them realize their educational goals.

All applications (Scholarships or Internships / Fellowships) are due in February of each year, and reviewed by the Fund’s Board of Directors.

Successful applicants are announced in the month of April, often coinciding with the late Congressman’s birthday.

Qualifications and application procedure details can be found here:

Alaska Broadcasters Association – Deadline April 1st


Since its inception, The Alaska Broadcasters Association has dedicated significant resources to promoting education in the communications field.

The Board of Directors of the Alaska Broadcasters Association, through the award of an annual scholarship, wishes to recognize the significant contributions made by Linda Simmons to the Alaska Broadcasters Association.

Linda Simmons was a dynamic, creative and dedicated member of the Alaska broadcast community who lost her battle with cancer in 2001.  At the time of her death, Linda was working on behalf of the ABA in her position of Executive Director.

Amount of Scholarship: $2000

Qualifications and application procedure details can be found here:

Alaska Travel Industry Association Foundation Scholarships – Deadline January 30, 2015

The ATIA Foundation offers thousands of dollars in scholarships to Alaska students pursuing education related to the tourism industry.

Qualifications and application procedure details can be found here:

BP Process Technology Scholarship Program *- Deadline January 16, 2015

This scholarship provides training for those who are interested in a career in Process Technology and the challenges of controlling operations in a process industry using and controlling mechanical, physical or chemical processes to produce a final product.  Students seeking a Process Technology degree at the UAF Community and Technical College are eligible to apply.

Qualifications and application procedure details can be found here:

Alaska Pacific University will offer a new needs-based grant program next school year that will shrink tuition to zero for some students in an effort to attract more young people and increase access to the Anchorage campus.

Starting in fall 2015, students eligible for a federal Pell grant — offered to low-income undergraduates — will also qualify for the university’s new aid program called the APU Promise Tuition Grant, said Carter Caywood, APU director of admissions.

Read more here.

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