September 2015

This fall, two Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) alumni will make history at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) as the first tenure-track Alaska Native engineering faculty members. Both Michele Yatchmeneff and Matt Calhoun recently earned their doctorates in engineering and will begin teaching engineering courses during the fall semester of 2015 to develop the next generation of STEM industry professionals in Alaska.

Click here to read more.

Conversational Koyukon Athabascan language classes offered for Grades K-5th and Grades 6-12th by Fairbanks Native Association in Fairbanks.

To apply for the class, fill out an application which is available at FNA – Ralph Perdue Center Building (located at 615 Hughes Avenue) or call Irene Todd at 907.458.1648, x 6404 or email

Since 1978, the Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program has been providing scholarship support to American Indian and Alaska Native students to pursue health profession careers. Since then, scholarship awards have helped nearly 7,000 American Indian and Alaska Natives achieve their health education goals. Many have committed to serving their health profession careers at IHS and some have even returned to serve their own Tribal communities.
Learn more about how the IHS Scholarship Program will help fuel your dreams at


Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. Prospective applicants should carefully read the eligibility requirements, thePredoctoral, Dissertation, or Postdoctoral Fact Sheets, and the instructions for How to Apply.

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice oriented degree programs are not eligible for support. In addition to the fellowship award, Ford Fellows are eligible to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows, a unique national conference of a select group of high-achieving scholars committed to diversifying the professoriate and using diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements.

Interior Alaska residents will share perspectives on subsistence livelihoods in a changing climate and discuss questions from the audience on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wood Center ballroom.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Resilience and Adaptation Program will host “Subsistence: Tales of Tradition and Change,” a panel discussion and storytelling session. The panelists are:

  • Rhonda Pitka, first chief of the Native Village of Beaver, who participated in a roundtable discussion with President Obama during his recent visit to Alaska.
  • Natasha Singh, staff member with Tanana Chiefs Conference and member of its Hunting and Fishing Task Force.
  • Sam Demientieff, who was born in Holy Cross in 1939 and grew up along the Yukon River.
  • William “Bill” Demoski, who grew up in Koyukuk and lived a traditional lifestyle based on hunting, trapping and fishing in the Galena area.
  • Diana Campbell, a writer for the UAF Geophysical Institute, who is Gwich’in and Alutiiq.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The UAF Resilience and Adaptation Program,,  offers an interdisciplinary training and education curriculum that focuses on sustainability in times of rapid change.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Mary Van Muelken, 907-474-7029,

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The Legislative Internship program gives students the opportunity to earn 12 credits and a stipend, while working for a legislator’s office in the state capitol in Juneau, during the legislative session in January – May.

UAA encourages students, regardless of major, to apply.  This is an outstanding opportunity for students in pursuit of many different kinds of degrees.  To be eligible, students must have reached a junior’s standing by the time they attend the program, and must have completed at least one 3-credit political science course.

Students interested in becoming legislative interns for spring semester 2016, must apply by October 15, 2015.  Students must apply online, but also must have two letters of recommendation (at least one faculty) emailed to Dr. Forrest Nabors, Assistant Professor of Political Science UAA Campus Coordinator, by the application deadline.

Two informational meetings will be held in the Lyla Richards Conference Room, located on the lower level of the student union:

  • Friday, September 25th at 10:30AM.
  • Monday, September 28th at 10AM.

Students who are considering applying now or in future years, are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the program, please visit the Legislative internship web page on the website of UAA’s Department of Political Science:

Greetings Friends of Leadership Anchorage!

If you’ve been thinking about applying to Leadership Anchorage,

or if you want to encourage a nominee to apply,


Applications for LA19, Class of 2016 are due Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

Please email your application and three letters of support to Kitty Farnham,

Program information can be found here. Any questions, just let me know!

Kitty Farnham

Leadership Anchorage ~ Alaska Humanities Forum

907-272-5324 (w) ~ 907-317-8771 (c)

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Applications Due Sept. 30, 2015
REMINDER: Apply for Native Agriculture & Food Systems College Scholarships

First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) is accepting applications for its First Nations Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program that aims to encourage more Native American college students to enter the agricultural sector in Native communities.

First Nations will award five $1,000 scholarships to Native American college students majoring in agriculture and related fields, including but not limited to agribusiness management, agriscience technologies, agronomy, animal husbandry, aquaponics, fisheries and wildlife, food production and safety, food-related policy and legislation, horticulture, irrigation science, plant-based nutrition, and sustainable agriculture or food systems.

Complete information and a link to the online application can be found at  All applications must be completed and submitted by 5 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time on Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be a full-time undergraduate or graduate student majoring in agriculture or an agricultural-related field, including food systems.
  • Be Native American (enrolled member of a current or terminated federal/state tribe) and be able to provide documentation.
  • Have a Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 3.0.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to helping his or her Native community reclaim local food-system control.

Applicants will be asked to complete an online application and provide other required information, including proof of tribal enrollment, college enrollment verification, unofficial transcripts, a letter of recommendation from a faculty member, and a short essay submission of 250 to 500 words.

First Nations believes that reclaiming control over local food systems is an important step toward ensuring the long-lasting health and economic well-being of Native people and communities. Native food-system control has the potential to increase food production, improve health and nutrition, and eliminate food insecurity in rural and reservation-based communities, while also promoting entrepreneurship and economic development. The purpose of the Native Agriculture and Food Systems Scholarship Program is to encourage more Native American college students to enter these fields so they can better assist their communities with these efforts.

If, after reading all of the application information, you still have questions, please contact either Kendall Tallmadge, First Nations Program Officer, at or (303) 774-7836 x216, or Marsha Whiting, First Nations Senior Program Officer, at or (303) 774-7836 x208.

Doyon Foundation is looking for a new member of our team! We currently have an opening for an administrative assistant to work in our Fairbanks office. The job application period is open through September 15. Learn more or apply online!

Our administrative assistant will work closely with the Foundation executive director, and complete administrative duties and provide board support that enables the Foundation to operate in an efficient manner. The administrative assistant also works with the Foundation team to support the language revitalization program, scholarship programs, community relations and fund development.

This is a regular, full-time position with a Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. schedule. Starting pay is dependent on experience. Minimum qualifications include a high school diploma or equivalent, as well as three years office experience.

If this position sounds like it could be right for you, we invite you to learn more or apply online today! You can also send this job to a friend!

Next Friday Doyon Foundation will celebrate our 277 fall scholarship recipients and kick off the start of the semester by awarding $342,000 in scholarships at our 2015 Scholarship Award Ceremony. All are welcome and we hope you will join us!

Doyon Foundation 2015 Scholarship Award Ceremony

Friday, September 11

2 p.m.

Doyon Industrial Facility cafeteria, in the Alyeska Building

615 Bidwell Ave., Fairbanks, Alaska

The event begins with an opening prayer by Allan Hayton, the Foundation’s language revitalization program director, and a welcome from Doris Miller, Foundation executive director.

We will then hear words from our alumni speaker, Jessica Black, a PhD candidate in social work, and an assistant professor/special projects liaison in the Office of the Vice Chancellor at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) College of Rural and Community Development.

Joseph Bifelt is our student speaker this year. Joseph, a Committee’s Choice competitive scholarship recipient, is attending UAF where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in secondary education.

This special event culminates with a presentation of award recipients and a reception, where family, friends, teachers and Foundation supporters can wish our students the best of luck as they begin the new semester.

The $342,000 to be presented at the ceremony includes full-time basic, part-time basic and competitive scholarships. These scholarships are the first awarded since the Foundation board approved a significant increase of scholarship amounts earlier this year. Read more about the increase on our blog.

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

Empowering Native Youth to Build Their Financial Futures by Opening a Bank Account

An initiative of the National Congress of American Indians & Native Financial Education Coalition

Building on its First Kids 1st initiative and its work advancing the Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative, the National Congress of American Indians has joined forces with the Native Financial Education Coalition to launch NAT$VE in the BANK because they understand that Native youth developing relationships with financial institutions by opening a bank account is a proven difference-maker in empowering their ability to make smart financial decisions over the course of their lives.

What Youth Can Do

Native youth ages 12 to 25 can ANSWER the CALL by participating and LEAD the WAY by getting others to participate!

Click here to start the application!

What Tribes, Organizations and Banks Can do

Tribes and organizations can…

• recruit their youth to participate in the campaign.
• make participation a requirement in their youth programs.
• reach out to local banks to invite them to participate in the challenge.

Banks can…

• accept tribal IDs to open an account.
• agree to a minimum initial deposit of $25 to open an account.
• waive monthly fees for the account.
• host a “Native in the Bank” fair at a nearby bank branch or at a school in/around a tribal community so youth can open accounts.
• contribute matching funds to initial deposits made to those accounts.

To learn more how you can participate, please contact Tyler Owens at

Scholarships with September Deadlines

Attending college can be quite expensive for students and their families. Luckily, there are many college scholarships and contests available to help pay for a college education. Students should seek out and apply for scholarships in which they meet the eligibility requirements.

Click here to see 44 college scholarships and contests with September 2015 deadlines. Only brief information about each scholarship is listed. Therefore, students are encouraged to visit the scholarship websites to get further details about eligibility and requirements.