May 2015

Approximately 40 people gathered to celebrate the class of 2015 at the annual Doyon Foundation graduation reception on May 8 in Fairbanks. Foundation staff and board members, as well as graduates’ friends, family and other supporters attended the event, which honored the educational achievements of 57 graduates, including high school, certificate, associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate students.Ronald Burgett, Rachel Dewilde, Nadine Carroll and son, Stacey Demoski, Selina Powers, Travis David, Kelly Mitchell 3

“Looking at our 2015 graduates, I am confident about the success of our state’s future because of the Native minds that will be leading us. The minds in this room will be shaping policies, keeping our communities safe, teaching our children, caring for our families’ health, discovering new solutions, and carrying on our cultural traditions,” said the Foundation’s executive director, Doris Miller, who emceed the event.

“Like all of you family and friends, we at the Foundation are so proud of these students, and we are honored to play even a small role in their success. I can’t say that without thanking our donors, who make it possible for us to support our students’ educational journeys,” Miller added.

During the reception, attendees also heard from graduate speaker Rachel DeWilde, who received a bachelor’s of science in biology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) this spring, as well as alumna speaker LaVerne Demientieff, a clinical associate professor in social work at UAF.

“(As a professor) I see graduates every year and I go through graduation every year,” Demientieff said. “It is such an inspiring time, a lot of celebrations and joy. It is also a very reflectful time, thinking back to the beginning and all that you have learned. All the successes and all the challenges – challenges that were overcome because of determination and grit and the help of the people and community around us.”

Following the speakers, graduates had the opportunity to introduce themselves, and the reception culminated with refreshments and mingling.

The graduates will be featured in the Foundation’s upcoming 2015 graduate yearbook e-newsletter. Interested recipients may sign up to receive the e-newsletter on the Foundation’s website,

For more information, please visit, or contact the Foundation at 907.459.2048 or

Students, alumni and guests enjoyed prizes, food and fun at the spring student dinner, hosted by Doyon Foundation and the Doyon Foundation Alumni Association on April 30 in Fairbanks.IMG_4749 final See more photos on Facebook.

The Foundation extends special thanks yous to Tracy Snow for organizing alumni volunteers and for the salmon dish; Maurine McGinty for the moose meat for soup; Andrea Durny for the door prize donation; and Jen McLean for cooking the soup and donating rolls.

In addition to full stomachs, several of the approximately 20 guests went home with door prizes including $10 movie gift cards, $15 iTunes gift cards, $25 Fred Meyer gift cards and a $50 VISA gift card.

Please watch the Foundation website, blog or Facebook page for upcoming event invitations. Interested in getting involved with the alumni association? Contact Tracy Snow at 907.451.0543 or, or visit the Foundation website for more information.

If you’re a spring 2015 scholarship recipient, please submit your transcripts by Friday, May 29th. (if you did not receive a Doyon Foundation scholarship in spring 2015, your transcripts were due May 15th)

UNOFFICIAL transcripts for Summer 2015 scholarship applicants

OFFICIAL transcripts for Fall 2015 applicants

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

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Native Language Camps at Howard Luke Gaaleeya Camp, Fairbanks

June 15-19, 2015 Denaakk’e

June 22-26, 2015 Benhti Kenaga’

Everyone of all ages is welcome!

There are no travel monies available, but if students have a way to get to Fairbanks, then they are welcome to apply. Participants are expected to spend the entire time at the camp.

Two language specialists and one night-time chaperone will be present for each camp. This a grant funded activity so travel funds are limited. Students (adults and children) will learn how to prepare, cook, and work in the kitchen, all in Denaakk’e. These will be intensive one hour classes. Students will rotate through the classes.

Volunteers are being sought to teach the relaxation classes (art – visual, music, drama, physical education, nature walks, fishing, boat safety etc.)

The deadline to apply is June 5, 2015. The flyer and application will be at For more information contact Susan K’etsoo Paskvan, Native Language Coordinator, Yukon-Koyukuk School District, 4762 Old Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK, 99709, (907)374-9405 or via email


‘Take care of yourself’

2015 summer camp flyer.pdf

The Language Healers – Now available on DVD:

Doyon Foundation’s office will be closed May 25th in observance of Memorial Day.  Have a safe and fun weekend.

Thanks to generous support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ATALM now has scholarship funds to help tribal members who are engaged in language programs attend the International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums in Washington, DC — September 9-15, 2015.

Applicants who partner with archives, libraries, or museums receive priority. Applicants may request funding for conference registration fees, shared lodging, and a travel stipend. June 15 is the deadline for applying, with announcements made on or before July 1. Scholarship applications are available at

ATALM 2015 language programs are offered in partnership with several federal agencies, including the White House Initiative for American Indian and Alaska Native Education, the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Native Americans, the Department of Interior’s Bureau of Indian Education, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Science Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Library of Congress Folklife Center. The goal of the expanded programming is to build relationships between ALMS and tribal language programs.

Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) seeks a qualified applicant for a Fall 2015 internship in Washington, D.C. The NAFOA intern is expected to work alongside NAFOA’s policy and education staff. The intern will gain valuable learning experiences assisting with NAFOA’s key policy areas and education initiatives. The duties of this position also include assisting with general NAFOA administrative tasks and the preparation and day-of-logistics for the Fall 2015 Tribal Economies Conference, scheduled for September 14 – 15, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Deadline is June 12, 2015. Applicants will be interviewed in July 2015.

Click here for more information.

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE) is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, May 19th, at 5:30 p.m. for the general public to learn more about the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS).

Students, parents, educators, and other interested parties are welcome. Participants will learn about eligibility requirements, award levels, the application process, and using the award. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. Go to to register.

Once you have registered online, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to participate in the meeting. Internet and telephone access are required.

For more information on the APS, or other inquiries, go to or contact ACPE Customer Service at (800) 441-2962, option #2.

Below is the FNSBSD Alaska Native Education’s End of the Year newsletter which contains a great list of scholarships.

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View the AVTEC May 2015 e-newsletter here.

The UNITY Organization is please to share a tutorial on “How to get to the White House Tribal Youth Gathering.” In collaboration with UNITY Staff Jared Massey and UNITY Alumni & Indian Country’s own Christian Parrish AKA “SupaMan,” UNITY created a four step guide to help applicants accomplish this task. They hope the tutorial will help applicants get selected to attend the 2015 White House Tribal Youth Gathering in Washington D.C. Good luck everyone!

View the video here:

Deadline for White House Tribal Youth Gathering has been extended to Friday, May 15, 2015!

The annual Native Youth Leadership, Athletic and Adventure Academy will happen between June 22 – 25, 2015, in Portland, Oregon on the beautiful campus of Lewis and Clark College. Native youth who are on a good path, want to learn more about leadership, experience outdoor and traditional fitness are encouraged to attend.

The purpose of the Academy is to combine leadership development opportunities as well as specific athletic skill development for Native Youth between 12 and 18.  For information on how to apply, click here.

There are two positions to the Momentum Fellowship program. They are now hiring for a Regional Philanthropy Fellow at Pride Foundation (Seattle) and an Investment Associate Fellow at Meyer Memorial Trust (Portland, Ore.).

Applications for these new positions are due by June 3. They also have three other positions open, and there is still time to apply.  For more information click here.

The Momentum Fellowship is designed to prepare professionals from underrepresented communities, particularly communities of color, for successful careers in the philanthropic sector through professional development, networking and mentoring opportunities.

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