August 2015

Law and Science of Arbitration

Online Class  

Students learn the history of arbitration, its applications, its rules of evidence, administering institutions and their rules, arbitral remedies and awards, grounds for judicial review, and its hybrid use with other processes including Indigenous Dispute Resolution and  mediation.  See below flyer for more information.

Arbitration Polly Hyslop – sean’s edit


First Native-American astronaut pushes STEM studies for Native-American students

John Bennett Herrington, who took Native-American culture to outer space, wants to take science to Native-American students.

Herrington, the first Native-American to walk in outer space, came to Rapid City this week to meet with the American Indian Institute for Innovation to discuss the importance of the STEM fields — science, technology, engineering and math — for Native American high school and college students.

“They’re the most underrepresented group in STEM fields,” Herrington said. “We work with them to improve their chances for success.”

Click here to read more of this article from Rapid City Journal.

Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for three open seats on our board of directors. Doyon, Limited shareholders ages 18 and over are eligible to apply. View more information on candidate qualifications on our website.

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 19, 2015 at 5 p.m. Interested candidates can apply online or download and complete the board candidate application form on our website.

Two of the open positions are for three-year terms expiring in 2018; one of the open positions is a remainder term seat expiring in 2017. The seats up for election are currently held by Julie Anderson and Joshua Peter; the remainder term seat was previously filled by Allan Hayton, who resigned from the board to accept the position of language revitalization program director at Doyon Foundation.

If you love to build relationships, share your enthusiasm for a cause, and impact the resources available to a nonprofit, this board seat may be right for you! Doyon Foundation is interested in candidates experienced in nonprofit boards, fundraising, financial management, endowment fund investing, culture and language revitalization, and Alaska Native education.

Learn more about candidate qualifications and board member responsibilities on our website. Then apply as a candidate by 5 p.m. on October 19 either using our online form or access the form our website.

For more information, please contact Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director, at 907.459.2048 or

Open Letter to Native College Students

“As a new academic year approaches, I want to share some words from my heart. Know that these words are not just from me; they are shared experiences and stories that I’ve learned from family, college classmates, mentors, teachers, and Native college students like yourself. I hope this letter serves as a source of inspiration as you journey towards attaining a college degree.”

Click here to read the rest of this wonderful article by Amanda R. Tachine (Navajo), Ph.D., Postdoctoral Scholar, Center for Indian Education, Arizona State University.

Fairbanks Native Association is seeking an HR Director. More details can be found at or contact Claudia Andrew Samuel, HR Specialist, at

Current Job Log 08192015.pdf

Robinson & Ward, P.C. in Fairbanks is recruiting for a Bookkeeper and Receptionist.  Contact for more information.  The job descriptions are listed below.

Full Charge Bookkeeper Payroll Specialist

Receptionist Job Posting

Register today for ALASKA POLICY FRONTIERS, PADM 671

Taught by Professor William Hensley


Doyon, Limited is recruiting for a Legal Administrative Assistant. See the below job description. If interested, you can apply at

Legal Administrative Assistant.docx

Mark your calendar for Doyon Foundation’s 2015 Scholarship Award Ceremony on Friday, September 11! The event to celebrate our fall 2015 scholarship recipients will take place at 2 p.m. at the Doyon Industrial Facility cafeteria, in the Alyeska Building, at 615 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks, Alaska. DF Scholarship Award Ceremony

Scholarship recipients along with their family, friends and teachers, as well as all Foundation supporters are welcome to attend. Come show your support of our students and wish them luck as they begin the new semester!

For more information, watch our website and Facebook page. We hope to see you at our Scholarship Award Ceremony on September 11!

Whether you are a new college student or an eager high school student, there are scholarships out there for YOU.  Click here for a round-up of great sites with college scholarships that have late summer and/or early fall deadlines.

Making a cup of tea or preparing salmon salad may not sound like it belongs in a language-learning workshop – but that is exactly what participants did in the spring 2015 Where Are Your Keys (WAYK) workshop.IMAG0296 IMAG0303 IMAG0326 IMAG0357 IMAG0365(2) Photo Apr 07, 6 28 20 PM

“Speakers and learners were taken through a step-by-step process and had to do each step entirely in the target language,” explained Allan Hayton, Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program director. “Such a simple task can involve a great deal of language. The challenge for learners is to Photo Apr 08, 11 45 25 AMacquire the language necessary to carry out the task, and the challenge for the speakers was to have the patience and understanding that learning takes time.”

Doyon Foundation sponsored the workshop, which took place in April at various locations in Fairbanks. It was the fourth collaboration between the Foundation and WAYK founder and practitioner Evan Gardner, and his partner Susanna Ciotti. Since the Foundation sponsored the first WAYK workshop in fall 2013, the WAYK method has been introduced in communities across Alaska, and has proven to be popular with teachers and learners alike.

WAYK is a language teaching and learning system that incorporates many different methods and techniques, including carefully designed language games and lessons in an environment of play, which are used for reaching proficiency in a target language. The WAYK system is constantly growing and incorporating new ideas and practices. When one group discovers something new that allows participants to teach and learn faster, it is “contracted” and shared with other groups to accelerate learning.

The spring 2015 WAYK workshop focused on four different Doyon region languages: Hän, Gwich’in, Denaakk’e and Deg Xinag. The facilitators, including Gardner, Ciotti and Hayton, worked with four fluent speakers and 19 students, and sessions took place in homes or homelike environments, where languages would ideally be learned and used.

“It is rare for most people with their busy lives to have time they dedicate solely to language learning, but opportunities are all around us in everyday situations and environments, and we need to take advantage of every opportunity available,” Hayton said. “We built simple lesson plans around everyday activities that learners can have accessible, and adapted these lessons in each of the four target languages.”

Both Gardner and Ciotti are experienced language teachers, and worked closely with the fluent speakers who were leading the sessions. The speakers/teachers included Marie Yaska for Denaakk’e, Kenneth Frank for Gwich’in, Ruth Ridley for Hän, and Jim Dementi for Deg Xinag.

“These speakers are not trained language teachers, but were open to learning new ideas about how they can teach better,” Hayton shared. “As far as teaching goes, they were each learning just as much as their students.”

While consistent attendance was a challenge at the recent workshop, organizers were pleased with the outcome overall.

“Any time we spend teaching and learning our languages is a success. It is an ongoing process,” Hayton said.

“Many people express the desire to learn their ancestral language, but experience difficulty balancing their schedules with the time needed to learn,” he added. “Language learning rarely takes place in ideal conditions, there is always something in competition or conflict, and so we have to make the best of any situation available. There is always going to be some distraction, but it is important to prioritize and make a long-term commitment to language learning.”

The Foundation will continue to build upon the momentum of the WAYK trainings by offering a month-long session in fall 2015. Participants will also continue language-learning activities independently, and keep in touch via teleconferences.

For more information on language-learning opportunities and Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program, visit or contact Allan Hayton, language revitalization program director, at or 907.459.2162.

Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. Positions

Alyeska is currently recruiting for the positions listed below, which includes a number of Tech Trainee positions that will be based in Valdez, AK. Visit Alyeska’s employment page to review the full job descriptions and instructions on how to apply and review Hints & Tips for Applying for Jobs: Hints & Tips.

Job # Job Title Closing Date Location
005400 Maintenance Coordinator – Valdez Maintenance Team 8/19/2015 Valdez, AK
005406 Pipeline Design Engineer 8/23/2015 Anchorage, AK
005408 Project Risk Manager 8/23/2015 Anchorage, AK
005404 Operations/Sr. Operations Coordinator 8/23/2015 Valdez, AK
005407 Valdez Marine Terminal Operations or Maintenance Technician Trainee 9/3/2015 Valdez, AK

Contact Alyeska’s recruiting team at 787-8912 for any questions.

Dzaanh nezoonh – Hello!

Please help spread the word about the opportunity to submit proposals to present at the 2015 Elders and Youth Conference on October 12-14, 2015 at the Dena’ina Center in Anchorage, Alaska.

We have extended the submission deadline to this FRIDAY, AUGUST 14th.

Our 2015 conference theme “Not in Our Smokehouse” speaks to the power of our self-determination and cultural identities as the conduit for transformation for our children and our communities. The theme itself was generated by youth in one of our villages, emphasizing the love and responsibility we have to protect and strengthen our children protecting our homelands, our peoples, and our ways of life.

You can submit proposals online at or using the form attached.

Enaa baasee’ – much thanks!

Dewey Kk’ołeyo Hoffman
Leadership Development Director
First Alaskans Institute
606 E Street, Suite 200
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
907.677.1712 direct
907.229-2767 cell

2015 Elders & Youth Call for Presentation EXTENDED DEADLINE.DOC

2015 Elders & Youth Call for Presentation EXTENDED DEADLINE.pdf

BA A401 Alaska Native Corporation Business Management CRN 73401. This is a great class for new employees at both Alaska Native organizations and private sector companies doing business in Alaska alike as we cover a range of topics including: Tribes in Alaska their history and purpose, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act – the journey to ANCSA and today’s ANCSA issues, the reservation model compared to the ANCSA model, Alaska Native Corporation (ANC) corporate governance, The Board of Directors, 7(i) sharing, 8(a) government contracting, opening enrollment, village and regional corporations, Alaska Native non-profits and so much more.

Additionally, in this class we highlight some phenomenal speakers who join us throughout the semester and provide current, relevant overviews of these topics. We have had wonderful participation from leaders of these dynamic entities, both for-profit and non-profit Alaska Native organizations.

BA A401 is a 400 level course, and although it has prerequisites, those can be waived for students taking this class out of special interest. Again, a wonderful learning opportunity for new employees. This is also a great overview for those just wanting to learn some of the history of these important topics.

Take a look at our new minor online at UAA’s College of Business and Public Policy. See details on the minor at:

Consider declaring the minor or taking one of the classes as an elective or out of special interest as an Undeclared student.

Fall courses:

  • BA A201 Introduction to Alaska Native Business – CRN 79080 – 1 credit, meets October 30 and November 6 (two consecutive Fridays, all day, lunches provided both days.) This is the first class in the minor and suits Freshman and Sophomore students very well, or those wanting a first time introductory overview of these dynamic organizations.
  • BA A401 Alaska Native Corporation Business Management – CRN 73401 – 3 credit, meets Wednesdays 5:30 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. This is a more in-depth of Alaska Native corporations and is perfect for upper-division students or current employees, especially new employees, wanting a closer look at the history and current perspectives of the leaders who formed and currently run these organizations.

BBA students must meet upper-division standing to register for BA A401. Non-BBA students, including non-degree seeking) can have the pre-requisite requirements waived. Contact Sharon Lind with any questions.

Register for BA A201 CRN: 79080 or BA A401 CRN: 73401 in UAONLINE today!

UAA Classes Begin August 24 – Plenty of Time to Register

This is a wonderful opportunity to learn about a unique sector of business within Alaska. If you have any questions about these classes or the minor please contact Sharon Lind at sglind.

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