February 2015

If you have been considering pursuing a UAF Certificate or Associates degree, UAF IAC is offering a late start DISTANCE (you can take this as a distance course from Fairbanks or any other community) business math course that will count toward either. There is financial aid available for this course, so let me know if you’re interested. Below is a list of just some of the certificates or associate’s degrees you can pursue at UAF. This is a great opportunity to knock out one of the courses needed.

Applied Accounting
Accounting Technician
Aviation Maintenance
Applied Business (with a concentration in one of the following: administrative management, applied management, computer applications, entrepreneurship, finance, healthcare management, human resources, management, marketing, public management, recreation and guiding management, and tourism)
Tribal Management
Rural Human Services
Construction Trades Technology
Culinary Arts
Dental Assistant
Medical Assistant
Drafting Technology
Human Services
Information Technology
Instrumentation Technology
Paralegal Studies
Professional Piloting
Power Generation
Process Technology
Safety, Health and Environmental Awareness

Contact UAF Interior Aleutians Campus at:

toll free • 888-474-5207
phone • 907-474-5439
fax • 907-474-5208 (5561)C

PO Box 756720
4280 Geist Road
Fairbanks, AK 99775


First Alaskans Institute is hosting a 2015 Summer Internship Program Info Session in person at our office and over the phone this Thursday, February 26th at 2:30 PM.

See the flyers listed below for more information.

FAI Summer Internship Frequently Asked Questions.pdf

2015 FAI Summer Internship Program – Intern Application.pdf

2015 Summer Internship Program – Employer Partner Application.pdf

Below is the teleconference number and meeting address:

Dial: 1-800-528-2793 Enter Code: 9387827 OR


The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. This New Media and Technology Program is designed to provide opportunities for students pursuing careers in engineering, system design, information systems, web services, application or other technical disciplines in the media industry.

The foundation’s unique program allows students to work for partner companies during summers and school breaks from the summer following their senior year in high school until they graduate from college. Students will earn a salary, and matching dollars are set aside to help pay for your college expenses.

The New Media and Technology Work/Study Program is managed through two recruiting offices: The Eastern Region office in New York City and the Western Region office in Los Angeles. To find out which recruiting office you should apply to, please visit this link: http://www.emmabowenfoundation.com/index.php/application.html

Application deadline is March 2, 2015

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Any minority student who is a graduating High School senior or college freshman
  • Must have a cumulative 3.0 GPA

In addition to the application, you must submit:

  • A current transcript,
  • Two (2) educational references from teachers and/or advisors,
  • And a 500-to-1,000-word essay.

NCAI is committed to investing in the next generation of leaders to protect and enhance tribal sovereignty for generations to come. Young Native leaders are invited to apply for either our internship or the Wilma Mankiller Fellowship. The application can be downloaded for initial review here and completed at this link: http://tinyurl.com/NCAIapp.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Jamie Gomez at JGomez@ncai.org.


Alaska Satellite Campus

Can you see yourself here? Are you from Alaska or dream of working there after you graduate? Then you’re in the right place.

If you grew up in Alaska, this is your chance to complete your law school career close to home with excellent opportunities to find a job. If you’ve always imagined moving to the land of the midnight sun, you will get your foot in the door to begin your legal career there.

For the first time ever, you can take an entire year of law classes in Alaska, many taught by Alaskans. Our satellite campus opens in Anchorage in fall 2015. You can be part of the first cohort to spend your third year of law school taking courses and getting on-the-job-experience with a number of employers. Students from Seattle University School of Law or any other accredited law school are welcome to apply for one or both semesters for fall 2015. Apply now! Contact Stephanie Nichols for more information.


SURVEYOR ASSISTANT APPRENTICESHIP NOW OPEN! Earn $18 an hour with a wage increase every 1000 hours!

Build a secure future with the Alaska Teamsters! Our training programs provide you the ability to earn and train with benefits, gain experience and get certified!

To learn more or to download the application visit our website athttp://www.akteamsterstraining.com/Apprenticeships.html or call (907) 278-3674 / toll free 1-800-478-4233.

You can also stop by 520 E. 34th Avenue, Suite 201, Anchorage, AK 99503 to pick up a hard copy of the application as well.

Application deadline March 27, 2015.

Monday, March 16, 2015 is the deadline to submit basic scholarship applications for the summer 2015 semester. Basic scholarships range from $400 for part time students to $800 for full time students.  You can apply at www.doyonfoundation.com.

To apply for the basic scholarship, students must submit:

  • A complete online application
  • Proof of Academic Enrollment

Most Recent Official Transcripts if this is your first term in academic year 2014-2015


Unofficial transcripts if you’ve submitted your official transcript already for academic year 2014-2015

If you’re a spring 2015 scholarship recipient, please submit your unofficial transcripts by Friday, May 29th. If you’re not returning please submit documents or have them postmarked by March 16th.

For more information, see Doyon Foundation’s scholarship application guidelines at www.doyonfoundation.com or contact the Scholarship Program Manager, Maurine McGinty, at foundation@doyon.com or (907) 459-2049.

First Alaskans Institute is now recruiting an AmeriCorps VISTA member to provide and expand organizational fund development capacities. The deadline to apply is March 12. For more information about the position available at FAI, please click the link below.


The deadline to register for the JOM Alaska Native Youth Basketball Tournament is this

FRIDAY, February 20th!

Register to play and you will be entered in a drawing for a chance to win a round trip ticket anywere that RAVN Alaska flys!Make sure to register by Friday so that all eligible youth have a chance to play in this years tournament. Call JOM with any questions at 452-1648.

Mahsi’ (Thank you),

Tonya Garnett

Communications Director

Fairbanks Native Association

605 Hughes Ave, Suite 100

Fairbanks, AK 99701

Phone: 907-452-1648, Ext 6235

Fax: 907-456-4148

Email: tgarnett

Website: www.fairbanksnative.org

‘Like’ us on Facebook for information on events and programs! www.facebook.com/Fairbanks.Native

A fully funded six week academic program for high school juniors and seniors to explore engineering through hands-on experiences in design. For more information please follow the link.


Application Deadline: April 1, 2015


Future Doyon Foundation Scholarship Recipient Caleb Xavier Abraham Smoke

The Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend application period is now open, giving Alaskans the opportunity to support their favorite causes by donating a portion of their PFD to participating nonprofits.

When you Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation, you are supporting the future – the future of current students like our 295 spring scholarship recipients, the future of our children like Caleb Xavier Abraham Smoke, and the future of our communities, state, nation and world!

Donations received through Pick. Click. Give. go to the Foundation’s general scholarship fund, which awards basic scholarships to part-time and full-time students.

Last year, a total of 86 Alaskans contributed $5,475 to Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give. A list of 2014 donors is posted on our website.

For more information on Doyon Foundation and opportunities to support students, please visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact the Foundation at 459-2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

The full tuition and residential scholarship for Columbia’s Summer Program for High School Students is offered in partnership by Columbia University’s Secondary School Programs and the Center for Native American Youth. One American Indian/Alaska Native scholar will be selected to attend the program during the 2015 summer in New York City.

The scholarship covers the cost of housing, tuition, week-day meals, coursework materials and other required student services. The estimated value of the scholarship is over $8,000. Students will need to pay for their own travel to and from the program, as well as bring spending money.

Program Details:

Session I: June 28, 2015 – July 18, 2015
Session II: July 20, 2015 – August 08, 2015

CNAY is accepting applications for both the Junior-Senior and Freshman-Sophomore Divisions:

  • Junior-Senior Division: Available to students who will enter grades 11 or 12 or first year of college in Fall 2015.
  • Freshman-Sophomore Division: Available to students who will enter grades 9 or 10 in Fall 2015.

Application Details:

Students can submit hard copy applications or apply online by following the following links:

Complete applications include:

  • Application Form, response to “Story of Inspiration” essay prompt;
  • Recommendation form from teacher/professor;
  • High school transcript; and
  • Proof of tribal enrollment or descendancy (includes letter from tribal leader of affiliated tribal nation or leader at urban Indian community).
  • Recommended: High School resume

Application Deadline: March 6, 2015 

If you have questions or would like to request additional information, please contact amber.richardson@aspeninstitute.org.

Where Are Your Keys is offering summer 2015 internships.  Applicants will be asked to supply the following: recent work history, educational background, language proficiency, and three professional references.  Make sure to read posts about the summer project, about the available internships, and about summer intern expectations. Timeline For Internship Applications: Application Deadline March 1, 2015 Finalist Interviews (via phone/Skype) March 2-March 15, 2015 Selection of Interns March 17, 2015 Orientation Teleconferences April-June, 2015 Internship Program June 1-August 15, 2015 WAYK prefers the online application, but if you need to download an application to work on offline, click here for a Word version of the application and click here for a PDF version of the application.  You may email your completed application or any questions to us at info@whereareyourkeys.org.

A series of Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) language trainings were held within the Doyon, Limited region this fall, drawing nearly 50 language learners-teachers. Trainings, which were facilitated by WAYK developer Evan Gardner and partner Susanna Ciotti, took place in Tanana October 27 – 31, in Tok November 3 – 6, and in Fairbanks November 14 – 16. The trainings were offered through individual partnerships between Doyon Foundation, Tanana Tribal Council and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Tok Center, with funding support for the Tanana training provided by Doyon, Limited.

Tanana trainingThe WAYK method, an accelerated language learning and teaching system, was created and is continually refined based on best practices in language learning. The training was packed with information, strategies and techniques for learning language, including the use of sign language to help “stay in” and use the target Native language being learned. One of the main strategies is called “hunting,” which is a specific way to set-up and document getting language and phrases from speakers without using English.

One of the highlights of the training was when learners began to realize there is a way to learn language that is engaging, fun, and with immediate results in understanding and retaining the phrases and terms used, shared Malinda Chase, Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program director.

“By the end of the training, participants leave with a sense of hope, knowing that language learning does not have to be drudgery but can be dynamic, social, creative and most of all, possible,” sheFairbanks participants said.

Reviewing the evaluation feedback received from participants following each of the trainings, a 100 percent of responded positively to the WAYK language-learning approach. Participants welcomed and appreciated the training, saying it was a “great opportunity” and “excellent.” Many of the speakers involved reported in their evaluations that the training was good and they liked the method as well.

Additionally, participants said they would like to be involved in future events, and readily identified how they were going to use what they learned in the training. In Tanana, the core group of learners planned to meet regularly for language nights, and support one another in their learning goals.

For the Tok class, participants came from the Northway, Tanacross and the Ahtna area, and each of these language communities were planning on various ways to integrate what they had learned into their existing language-learning activities.

In the Fairbanks training, participants developed individual learning plans for the next three to six months. These plans outlined their next steps, if they were daily, weekly or monthly activities, and what kind of support and resources would assist them. These learning plans were realistic and purposely focused on individual learner goals within a short period of time in order to cultivate a level of success.

Doyon Foundation, along with WAYK developers Evan Gardner and Susanna Ciotti, will offer a series of audioconferences for the training participants from December to March, and additional WAYK support is expected in spring 2015.

For more information on Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization efforts, please contact the Foundation at 907.459.2048.

Student calls are very important to Doyon Foundation staff, and we make every attempt to answer all calls when they come in. Foundation staff is in the office Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. and 1 – 5 p.m., but may be on another line or have stepped away from their desk. If you call during this time and do not get an answer, please leave a message and we will get back to you quickly. We are here to help you, but if you don’t leave a message, we can’t assist. Please help us help you by leaving a message when you call.

You are also welcome to contact us via email. The general Foundation email address is foundation@doyon.com. You can find other staff email addresses on our website.

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