June 2015

Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC)-Alaska is currently seeking an experienced Cultural Sustainability Advisor. The position is located in Anchorage, Alaska and the annual salary is D.O.E.

The position will work to implement organizational objectives and engage in activities related to sustaining Inuit culture and society, promoting adaptation strategies for sustainable Inuit communities, and increasing an understanding of the human dimension within the Arctic. See attached job description for more information.

The recruitment closing date has been extended to Friday, July 10th at 5 p.m.

Cultural Sustainability Advisor Job Description.pdf

Congratulations to Doyon Foundation student Neal Charlie, of Minto, who graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy at the University of Alaska Fairbanks this spring. Charlie gave the student remarks at the graduation ceremony held May 14 in Fairbanks.

Neal Charlie graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy in May.

Neal Charlie graduating from the Law Enforcement Academy in May.

Charlie, the son of the late Neal and Geraldine Charlie, was a recipient of a $6,800 Doyon Foundation Law Enforcement Academy scholarship, generously funded by the Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Program. Charlie also received support from Doyon Universal Services (DUS), which paid the fees for items required in the Law Enforcement Academy application, including criminal history, drug test, driving record history and fingerprints.

“Doyon Foundation was there for me through the whole process of getting accepted into training,” Charlie said. “All I had to do was study after classes started. I’m very grateful to the staff. Special thanks to Doris Miller and Maurine McGinty for the effort in getting me into the training, and Doyon Security and Alyeska for the scholarship and sponsorship.”

The 13-week Law Enforcement Academy prepares 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.

Since graduating, Charlie said he plans to continue his role as a prevention officer with the State of Alaska. He also expects to pursue a position with Doyon Security, a division of DUS, in the near future.

To learn more about Doyon Foundation scholarship opportunities, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Maurine McGinty, scholarship program manager, at mcgintym@doyon.com or 907.459.2049.

Please pass this on to any interested youth ages 15-18 who is a TCC Tribal member and who resides within the region.

Deadline has been extended to July 10, 2015 by 5pm due to the fires.

Alaska Youth Academy to be held at UAF

Dates: July 27-31, 2015

Travel dates: July 26th and August 1st

Travel, lodging and food will be provide.

Youth who are working under the summer youth program can and will be paid for attending the camp.

Chaperones will be provided.

If there are any questions please contact Katina Charles at 907-452-8251 EXT 3353 or e-mail katina.charles@tananachiefs.org.

Youth Academy Application- TCC 2015.docx

Alaska Youth Academy Brochure 2015.pdf

Click here to see current training opportunities with Northern Industrial Training.

The Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) program invites applications for BLaST Scholarships. The overarching goal of BLaST is to enhance undergraduate training and mentoring in biomedical research through increased diversity of students, increased integration of research and teaching, and enhanced integration of rural campuses into a cohesive biomedical community in Alaska. Approximately 20 scholarships will be funded through this solicitation.

BLaST is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the NIH encourages institutions to enhance the participation of individuals from groups identified as underrepresented in the biomedical, clinical, behavioral and social sciences, such as: 1) individuals from racial and ethnic groups that have been shown to be underrepresented in health-related sciences on a national basis [Blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders]; 2) individuals with disabilities, who are defined as those with a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; and 3) individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, defined as (a) individuals who come from a family with an annual income below established low-income thresholds periodically published at http://aspe.hhs.gov/poverty/index.shtml and (b) individuals who come from an educational environment such as that found in certain rural or inner-city environments that has demonstrably and directly inhibited the individual from obtaining the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to develop and participate in a research career. For a complete description of the NIH’s Interest in Diversity see: http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-15-053.html.

For more information, click here.

Anyone pursuing or wanting to pursue a degree in Psychology, Biology, Human Services, Rural Human Services, Biochemistry, Fisheries, Wildlife,  or Allied Health? There is an AMAZING scholarship opportunity for UAF students pursuing the above degrees who will be taking 12 credits are more in the fall semester. The deadline is June 30! Email Teisha Simmons at tmsimmons@alaska.edu for more information.

How to Survive — and Excel in — Your College Years

Perhaps you were class president in high school. Or perhaps you were a member of the honor society. You could have graduated in the top percentile of your graduating class; perhaps you were even valedictorian. Maybe your were in the honors program or the International Baccalaureate program. Actually, it doesn’t really matter what you did in high school as you make the transition to college. High school success (or lack of it) doesn’t automatically apply to college.

Read more of this article at Quintessential Careers’ website by clicking here.

Below find a press release relating to a study of the impacts of the Alaska Performance Scholarship. The press release may also be accessed at this link on ACPE’s website, or by copying this link into a browser: https://acpe.alaska.gov/Portals/0/NewReleases/APS%20Survey%20061615.pdf

Please feel free to the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Alaska Student Loan Corporation if you have questions at Phone: (907) 465-6718, Fax: (907) 465-3293 or visit their website at ACPE.Alaska.gov.

APS Survey 061615.pdf

The application deadline for this summer’s Native Language Camps has been extended to this Wednesday, June 10. Language-learners of all ages and abilities are invited to apply for the Native Language Camps.

Dates: June 13-17: Denaakk’e (Koyukon) 
June 22-26: Benhti Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana)

Location: Howard Luke Gaaleeya Camp, Fairbanks, Alaska

NEW Application Deadline: Wednesday, June 10. Applications are available here. 

Camp Fees: $25 for students under 18, $50 for adults, FREE for elders 65+. Students are responsible for their own travel arrangements and costs.

For more information or to obtain an application, visit www.yksd.com/Page/608. You may also contact Susan K’etsoo Paskvan, Yukon-Koyukuk School District Native language coordinator, at 907.374.9405 or spaskvan@yksd.com.

The Onee’ Denaayeł Heneehaayh camps are made possible with funding from the Doyon, Limited Language Revitalization Program. The camp was also supported by Rasmuson Foundation through the Youth Cultural Heritage Fund, and is administered, under contract, by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Please pass this on to any 15-18 years of age TCC Tribal Members who reside within the region and interested in applying.

Youth have the opportunity to learn about law enforcement, the public safety sector, and emergency response team.

Deadline to apply: June 26, 2015

Dates of academy: July 27 through August 1, 2015

Youth ages 15-18 who apply will have airfare/transportation, lodging and food paid for.

Chaperones will be provided.

If there are any questions please contract Katina Charles at 907-452-8251 EXT 3353 or by email katina.charles

Alaska Youth Academy Brochure 2015.pdf

Alaska Youth Academy Poster 2015.pdf

Youth Academy Application- TCC 2015.docx

Allan Hayton has been named director of Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program. Hayton, who assumed the role in late May, will lead the program, which was established in 2012 to revitalize Interior Native languages and make language-learning opportunities available to all Doyon, Limited shareholders and other interested learners.

Allan Hayton

Allan Hayton

A Doyon Foundation alumnus, Hayton studied theatre and film at Haskell Indian Nations University and the University of Kansas, finishing his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1992. He continued at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, graduating spring 2013 with a Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics.

“It is essential that our ancestral languages not be forgotten. We are the ones who must pass these languages on to future generations,” he said.

“We are thrilled to add Allan to the team,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director. “With his education as a linguist and past experience in language revitalization, we are confident that he will be an asset to the Foundation. We are very happy to have him leading the effort.”

Hayton previously served on the Doyon Foundation board as vice president, and was chair of the language revitalization committee. He is also active at St. Matthew’s Church, where he serves on the Vestry, and can be heard singing Takudh hymns with the Gwich’in singers.

Hayton is the son of Lena Pauline Hayton from Fort Yukon, Alaska, and James T. Hayton from Natick, Massachusetts. His grandparents are Robert and Lena Albert from Tanana and Fort Yukon, Alaska.

For more information on the Foundation’s language revitalization program, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Allan Hayton, language revitalization program director, at 907.459.2162 or haytona@doyon.com.

AISES has partnered with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and Strategic Systems Programs (SSP) to manage, develop, and further new and existing educational partnerships between the Department of Defense and other organizations in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  The Navy STEM Scholarship Program (Scholarship Program) is designed to reach out to the next generation of scientists and engineers. This program strives to address decreasing numbers of science and engineering graduates by providing financial assistance to students pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) degrees.  As tuition, cost of living, and other related college expenses continue to rise, the program helps students focus on academics instead of mounting financial debt.

The Scholarship Program, which is funded by NAVSEA and SSP consists of two parts:

  1. a one-time $10,000 scholarship awarded the freshman year of college; and
  2. an opportunity to apply for summer employment, which provides valuable technical work experience and continued tuition assistance (up to $15,000 per annum).

For more information, click here.

This is an opportunity for which NANA is recruiting  (does not have to be NANA Shareholder).

NANA is working on a summer project with NovaCopper up in the Kobuk region (Bornite Drill Camp). They are looking to hire a summer season only (although could lead to future opportunity) Environmental Specialist Assistant to provide support to the Environmental Scientist onsite at the Bornite Drilling Project near Kobuk. The individual would need to have the ability to work remote in a camp most of the summer (will get some breaks) doing field study work (river water sampling) and also making sure the Drillers adhere to the environmental standards. They would need to be very computer savvy and not afraid to speak up if they see something is not in compliance. This is a great opportunity to work under the Environ. Scientist and learn about the project field work – NANA was thinking perhaps a student interested in this field of study. No degree is required but we prefer some Field experience if possible. Or at the very least the ability to quickly learn the process.

Here is a link to the company/project info:  http://www.novacopper.com/s/Home.asp

The camp is set to open on July 1st and run through Sept 1st. NANA hopes to have an Environmental Assistant identified within the next couple weeks.

For Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian Students Pursuing the Arts

The Dream Warriors Scholarship was created by a handful of young Native Artists to pass on passion by encouraging youth from our communities and all across Indian Country to pursue their artistic dreams. As working and living artists, Frank Waln, Mic Jordan, Tall Paul, and Tanaya Winder all believe each person has a unique gift to offer the world. These gifts can heal and bring about change. As a collective, they believe we can all help to uplift each other. In doing what they love, the artists hope to show that a career in the arts can be realistic and achievable. The Dream Warriors Scholarshipencourages high school Native American / Alaska Native / Native Hawaiian seniors to pursue their creative curiosities and passions by providing a scholarship geared towards these endeavors.

Ask yourself: what it is that you want to do or be in life, and when you know the answer to that question, just do it. And, if you do that in a positive way, you will epitomize what it means to be a Dream Warrior.

For more information click here.

Are you studying forestry or natural resources? Looking for a summer job where you get to walk through the woods on Afognak Island helping to take forest measurements? Take a look at this job opening for a Forestry Technician!