December 2017

January 2017


        Neegoo – Fox

        Taii gwinjik neegoo nałya’. – I saw a fox by the side of the road.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.

Deg Xinag

        Niq’asrt’ay – Fox

        Niq’asrt’ay ting ghan’ naghitl’an’. – I saw a fox by the side of the road.

Translation provided by George Demientieff Holly.

February 2017


        Dink’indhat – He or she grew up.

        Shahan Gwichyaa Zhee dink’indhat. – My mom grew up in Fort Yukon.

        Shiti’ Natick dink’indhat. – My father grew up in Natick.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.

Deg Xinag

        Nadhiyonh – He or she grew up in

        Singonh Deloychet nadhiyonh. – My mom grew up in Holy Cross.

        Sito’ Qay Xichux nadhiyonh. – My dad grew up in Anchorage.

Translation provided by George Demientieff Holly.

March 2017


        Vadzaih dhaa – Caribou hide

        Vadzaih dhaa haa shuh dhałtsaii. – I made a drum from caribou hide.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.

Deg Xinag

          Ghinoy vidhith – Caribou hide

          Ghinoy vidhith yił sigisrosr dhitlsenh. – DegI made my drum with caribou hide.

Translation provided by George Demientieff Holly.

April 2017


        Gwahahgo’ – It is turning springtime

        Chiitaii gwahahgo’ ts’a’ shroonch’yaa gwilii. – It is becoming springtime and nice outside.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.

May 2017


        Ch’at’an – Leaves

        Aat’oo kat ch’at’an kwaii neegwahshii. – The leaves are spouting on the birch trees.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.

June 2017


        Lidii – Tea

        Ko’ kat lidii tr’ahtsii łyaa akaii. – The tea we make on the fire sure tastes good.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.

July 2017


        Vits’ihnyaa – I help (him or her)

        Shitsuu łuk tr’it’ii haa vits’ihnyaa geenjit shats’a’ shoo nilii.

        – My grandmother is happy I am helping her cut fish.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.

August 2017


        Zhehk’aa – Family

        Shizhehk’aa naii gwiintł’oo goovihtsai’. – I cherish my family very much.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.

Lower Tanana

        Sedena’ ka – My family

        Sedena’ ka detthekts’en’ khwbeghw’estsen’. – I love all my family.

Translation provided by Vera E. Weiser.

September 2017


        Sheechii – I am happy (that)

        Sheechii ni’ee diineenjit vadzaih vikeech’ahch’yaa.  – I am happy mom is cooking caribou for us.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.


        September – Wunenh Ch’et’ą̌ą’ Dit-Tsiig, “Month When the Leaves Turn Yellow”

        Jâan ch’e nínchûun – This is a bull moose

        Ts’étl ta nínchûun ná’éthed nįh’ęh? – Do you see the bull moose standing in the brush?

Translation provided by Irene Solomon Arnold.

October 2017


        October – Dinjik Zhrii

        Deeni’in? – What are you doing?

        Dohshroo haa k’ik k’eech’aałtryaa. – I am washing dishes with a towel.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.


        October – Nén’ Tenh K’et, “Frozen Ground Month”

        Noxłuu – Fall (season)

        Noxłuu síxúnt’eh. – It is fall time.

Translation provided by Irene Solomon Arnold.

November 2017


Photo by Richard Mueller

        November – Divii Zhrii

        Deegii’in? – What are they doing?

        Oodee shahan vizheh shih leii vikeech’agahch’yaa. – They are cooking lots of food at my mom’s house.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.


        November – Demee Sǎa’, “Sheep Month”

        Xníik’áatth – It became cold.

        Nah’ôg xníik’áatth. – It turned cold outside.

Translation provided by Irene Solomon Arnold.

December 2017

Photo by Richard Mueller


      December – Ch’atsal

        Deegwii’in? – What’s going on?

        Drin Tsal gwats’a’ khan gwaadhal ts’a’ niiyut kwaa gwiintł’oo hahshii ginyaa. – Christmas is coming up fast, and they say it is going to snow a lot soon.

Translation provided by Allan Hayton.


        December – Wunenh Nach’ehjedh

        Xághįhsháatth – It began to snow.

        Nee’éł xághįhsháatth. – It began snowing heavily (with us). Translation provided by Irene Solomon Arnold.

The 2018 Pick. Click. Give. campaign kicks off Monday, January 1, with the opening of the Alaska PFD application period. We encourage you to consider Pick. Click. Giving to Doyon Foundation when completing your PFD application. The PFD application period runs January 1 – March 31, 2018. Alaskans can apply online at

student with checkFunds from Pick. Click. Give. directly benefit the Foundation’s student scholarships and support programs, as well as the efforts of our language revitalization program.

Last year, 57 donors contributed $3,975 to support Foundation scholarships. While we are very grateful for all support, last year’s Pick. Click. Give. total was a significant decrease from previous years.

Since the Foundation was established in 1989, we have awarded more than $6 million in scholarships to thousands of high school, vocational and college students pursuing their educational goals and striving to achieve their life dreams. Many of these students have shared that they simply would not have been able to attend college without the support of the Foundation. Yet with that support, they have gone on to become doctors, lawyers, teachers and leaders in our communities, setting positive examples for future generations of students to follow.
But the support of the Foundation is more than just financial. Homesick students far from family have found comfort in the support of Foundation staff and alumni, and at events designed to celebrate and connect students and Foundation supporters. We also strive to help students develop a deeper connection with and pride in their rich Native culture.
Elder and youth recording Native language translationsIn addition to scholarships, the Foundation also places emphasis on celebrating and revitalizing Native culture. Through our language revitalization program, and Doyon Languages Online project, we are currently developing hundreds of online language-learning lessons for nine of the 10 Doyon region languages.

For more information on Doyon Foundation, contact or 907-459-2048, or visit For more information on Pick. Click. Give., visit

A Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient who graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2016, Raymond Kangas is the son of Irene and Gary Kangas of Fairbanks. His paternal grandparents are Nora and Al Kangas of Ruby; his maternal grandparents are Martha and Franklin Dayton of Koyukuk.

Raymond KangasWhen Raymond Kangas looks back on his college years, he has a hard time counting up all the people who helped him get where he is today. A mechanical engineer since 2016 with Anchorage-based Doyon Anvil, Raymond received Doyon Foundation scholarships while earning his bachelor’s degree from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Classes in fluid mechanics and arctic engineering were key – along with a work ethic instilled in him since childhood and fish camp days with his family on the Yukon River.

“My family gave me stability, with my parents being the anchors,” he says. Inspiring professors and study group friends helped. And he says, “Thanks to the Doyon Foundation scholarship program, (Doyon, Limited) annual dividends, and overall encouragement to see shareholders progress, the Doyon family certainly has played a role in seeing Athabascans succeed in competitive occupations.

Raymond, 24, is one of numerous classroom-to-career professionals who benefit from Doyon Foundation college scholarships before going on to employment with Doyon, Limited companies. It’s a trend that advances Doyon’s core values because in addition to knowledge, skills and talent, shareholders apply traditional values as they collaborate with clients worldwide.

“Creating a means for shareholders to potentially work for Doyon improves their economic well-being,” says Terry Caetano, president and general manager of Doyon Anvil. “It’s also a key part of the mission on which the company was founded.”

With offices in California, Montana and Washington state, Doyon Anvil is a multi-discipline engineering and design firm offering process safety/risk management; project management; and construction coordination support services. Doyon Anvil projects include upstream oil production, including North Slope expertise; pipeline and terminal work throughout Alaska, the Rocky Mountain region and Pacific Northwest; and power generation in Alaska, Canada and the Pacific Northwest.

Terry says that in addition to seeking out smart, motivated people, what he values in new hires is a desire to solve complex problems and keep learning. “That’s what I saw in Raymond,” Terry says.

Doyon Anvil is Raymond’s first engineering job out of college, and among things he enjoys is the chance to work on a variety projects requiring different skills. For instance, a typical workday may involve a facility where new piping is needed; Raymond’s role includes working with piping designers to prepare a complete work package – from checking compliance with specifications and reviewing drawings to putting together a material requisition to purchase components. If needed, he also completes a stress analysis on the design.

Raymond advises college students seeking to join professional ranks at Doyon subsidiaries to stay focused in the early stages of their education.

“Being awarded scholarships and getting selected for a job position are some of the things that are out of your control,” he says. “What you can control is the effort you put into your education. The first step in any career is being qualified.”

Are you a former Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient working today in the Doyon, Limited Family of Companies? We’d like to feature your story! Please send email to and we’ll be in touch. Thanks!

Doyon Foundation is pleased to announce a new scholarship fund, the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund, established by their daughter, Jennifer Fate. Jennifer, a member of both the Doyon, Limited and Doyon Foundation boards, created the fund to honor Mary Jane and Hugh’s accomplishments for the betterment of the Doyon people.

IMG_2992-001“There are many kinds of leadership. There’s community leadership, business leadership, educational leadership and the kind of leadership that stands up and says difficult truths out loud,” Jennifer said. “This fund is in honor of my parents, Mary Jane and Bud Fate. In their 65-year love story, they lived all of these types of leadership.”

“This fund celebrates those who strive to make our community a better place and our people, a stronger and healthier people,” Jennifer added. “It’s a fund that also recognizes the importance of those who bring leadership to healing past traumas, stopping current abuses and reshaping lives.”

Mary Jane’s life has been a positive example of leadership and involvement in her Alaska Native community. Overcoming adversity at a young age, Mary Jane understood the significance of cultural support and community involvement. Through practicing her Athabascan subsistence traditions, through embracing leadership, and with the resilient support of her husband, Hugh, Mary Jane became one of the most inspirational and motivating Alaska Native leaders of her generation.

Both Mary Jane and Hugh dedicated their lives to the betterment of the Alaska Native and Doyon region people. They were co-founders of the Fairbanks Native Association, mentored many Alaska Natives and Doyon region peoples, and provided dental health services throughout rural interior villages, traveling by small plane to villages where no dental services existed. Mary Jane served as the first female co-chair of the Alaska Federation of Natives, president of Baan O Yeel Kon Village Corporation, and on numerous other boards and commissions.

“We are grateful for the example set by Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr., and we are grateful for Jennifer’s generosity in establishing this scholarship, which will make it possible for future Alaska Native leaders to get the education they need to carry the torch forward into the next generation,” said Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director.

Doyon shareholders studying health care, mental health care, business or any profession that contributes to the greater Alaska Native business, cultural or social community will be eligible for the new scholarship. Funds may be used for college, graduate school, post-secondary education, vocational or certificate programs. Preference will be given to students overcoming adversity or intending to enter a profession that contributes to the social or economic well-being of the Alaska Native community.

The first scholarship from the fund will be a basic scholarship awarded in spring 2018. The deadline for the spring 2018 scholarships has passed. A competitive scholarship will also be awarded in academic year 2018 – 2019. The next competitive scholarship application deadline is Tuesday, May 15, 2018, for scholarships for the 2018 – 2019 academic year.

“Please encourage Doyon shareholders working on a degree or vocation in business, education, mental health and health, substance abuse counseling, or spiritual and cultural training to apply for this scholarship. And thank you to the many leaders out there. Anaa Basee’,” Jennifer said.

Contributions from other donors to the Mary Jane and Hugh Fate, Jr. Leadership Fund are welcome. Secure online donations may be made on the Foundation website; be sure to note “Fate leadership scholarship” in the “special instructions” box. Donations may also be made by mailing a check to Doyon Foundation at 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. Please note “Fate leadership scholarship” in the memo line.

For more information about Doyon Foundation, scholarship eligibility and application instructions, or opportunities to support students, please visit or contact 907.459.2048 or

Doyon Foundation will be closed Monday & Tuesday, December 25-26, 2017 for Christmas.  Happy Holidays!

Doyon Foundation wishes all of our fall 2017 scholarship recipients a very happy holiday season, and all the best in the coming school year.

We celebrated the 298 recipients at our 2017 fall scholarship award ceremony, held in September in Fairbanks. See photos from the event on our Facebook page.

At the ceremony, we awarded a total of $387,800 in scholarships. The fall 2017 awards included 36 competitive scholarships, 74 basic part-time scholarships, and 188 basic full-time scholarships.

The ceremony opened with a traditional prayer by Allan Hayton, the Foundation’s language revitalization program director. Foundation executive director, Doris Miller, then welcomed guests and introduced the alumna speaker, Tanya Kaquatosh, and student speaker, Julian Thibedeau.

Kaquatosh is a graduate of Arizona State University with a master’s in finance and international business, and Thibedeau is a freshman at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he is in the rural human services program. Watch videos of the alumna and student speakers on our YouTube channel.

Maurine McGinty, the Foundation’s scholarship program manager, then introduced the fall 2017 scholarship recipients. Those in attendance had the opportunity to address the audience and share about themselves, their educational goals, and their appreciation for the support of the Foundation and its donors.

Doyon Foundation scholarships are available to Doyon, Limited shareholders or children of original enrollees who are accepted to an accredited school and who meet minimum GPA and credit requirements. The next scholarship application deadline is Thursday, March 15 for basic scholarships for the summer 2018 semester.

For more information, visit or contact or 907.459.2048.

Academic Year 2017 – 2018 Competitive Scholarship Recipients

Jarynn Cunningham, Arctic Information Technology

Cassandra Dahl, Science Undergraduate

Howard Darling, Committee Choice-Graduate

Claire Demartino, Science Undergraduate

Levi Dewilde, Liberal Arts Undergraduate

Christina Edwin, Natural Resources Undergraduate

Karlie Ennes, Committee Choice-Undergraduate

Jasmine Gilpin, Morris Thompson Committee Choice

Shawna Hildebrand, Morris Thompson Graduate

Bryn Hjelm, Health Undergraduate

Natilly Hovda, Education Undergraduate

Jacy Hutchinson, Morris Thompson Doctorate

Mariah Jackson, Health Undergraduate

Nicole James, Committee Choice Undergraduate

Francesca Kamkahpak, Criminal Justice

Brittany Lloyd, Education Graduate

Jayne Martin, Sunnyboy Committee Choice

Brianna McCarthy, Science Undergraduate

Hayley Michel, Science Undergraduate

Rhiannon Nanalook, Committee Choice Undergraduate

Buddy North, Education Doctorate

Joshua Olin, Committee Choice Undergraduate

Chantal Paradis, Vocational

Theodora Puryear, Committee Choice Undergraduate

Selina Sam, Morris Thompson Graduate

Darren Silas, Engineering Undergraduate

Aleisha Singh, Indigenous Studies Undergraduate

Janelle Solbos, Health Doctorate

Alisa Stevens, Committee Choice Undergraduate

Cheyenne Swanger, Morris Thompson Undergraduate Sophomore

Julian Thibedeau, Morris Thompson Undergraduate

Delaney White, Engineering Undergraduate

Marissa Williams, Liberal Arts Graduate

Deven Woods, Engineering Undergraduate

Justin Woods, Morris Thompson Committee Choice

Brittany Woods-Orrison, Liberal Arts Undergraduate


Fall 2017 Basic Scholarship Recipients

Jennifer Adams

Heather Adkins

William Agnes

Henry Albert

Crystal Alvarado

Joeanna Anderson

Maiya Anderson

Alainna Aparicio

Christian Aparicio

Gabrielle Aparicio

Maria Aparicio

Daphne Attla

Yvonne Attla-Zottola

Hannah Bagot

Amanda Bailey

Christina Bailey

April Baldi

Charles Baldi

Kristina Basford

Chelsea Beach

David Beardslee

Navonne Benally

Kyle Bhatt

Joseph Bifelt

Rebecca Big Joe

Samantha Blake

Savanah Bonfield

Kathryn Brean

Charlotte Brinkman

Greg Brinkman

Stacy Brottem

Lawreen Buresch

Verniel Burk-Turner

Russell Butler

Denise Callahan

Sydney Carlo

Jada Carroll

Jerry Carroll

Kandace Carroll

Aubrielle Champagne

Jessica Charlie

Monica Chase

Jessica Clayton

Julianna Clock

Jordan Craddick

Danni Crombie

Leah David

Elizabeth Dayton

Elvin Dayton

Susan Dayton

Jacob Deater

Cassandra Debauche

Debbie Demientieff

Flora Demientieff

Kaitlynn Demientieff

Kaitlyn Demoski

Rose Demoski

Jaime Desrochers

Lauren Deubler

Meagan Deubler

La’ona Dewilde

Vanessa Dewilde

Debra Dodds

Logan Dugay

Amy Durny

Morrow Duszynski

Sonya Edwards

Peter Egrass

Ashton Ekada

Audrey Ekada

Taniesha Emry

Gladys Erhart

Agatha Erickson

Landon Erickson

Steevie Erickson

Bruce Ervin

Rebecca Ervin

Danielle Esmailka

Christa Eussen

Tatiana Evans-Beals

Paige Farmer

Nicole Fennimore

Julia Fisher-Salmon

Shelby Fisher-Salmon

Linda Folger

Katherine Galang

Derek Gates-Magnuson

Marcus Gho

Alisha Gilbert

Brianna Gilmore

Julia Grant

Bethany Green

Kimberly Greenway

Ariel Grimsley

Daniel Groh

Mikayla Grunin

Jacob Gustafson

Heather Gutierrez

Rebekah Hartman

Melissa Hendrie

Nicholas Hertlein

Alecia Hewett

Bernard Hildebrand

Cameron Hildebrand

Jessica Hildebrand

Rodney Hildebrand

Sharon Hildebrand

Amanda Honaker

Taylor Hood

Dakota Huntington

Kathrin Huntington

Xa’holshiyh Huntington

Alexander Ipalook

Savannah Ivanoff

Jordan Jackovich

Madison Jackson

Ariel James

Charlotte James

Emerald Jenks

Vanessa Jimerson

Trisha Jimmie

Kaycee John

Miles Jones

Keifer Kanayurak

Merreline Kangas

Taylor Kauffman

Bridgette Keener

Lyman Ketcham

Derek Ketzler

Beverly Kokrine

Brittany Kordatzky

Patricia Kriska

Starlene Kriska

Kayleigh Lanphar

Brittney Lenahan

Cory Lepore

Dylan Lloyd

Julie Lloyd

Tahnee Lloyd

Noah Lovell

Sterling Magnuson

Mckenna Makarka

Kristy Malamute

Benny Mancil

Kezia Mandregan

Spencer Mannan

Charlotte Mayo

John Mayo

Devin McCarthy

Adam McGinty

Maurine McGinty

Verla Mckinney

Allison Mclane

Ashley Merica-Nazuruk

Rosemary Messer

Jessica Millard

Cory Miller

Morgan Milstead

John Moeser

Jessie Morgan

Amy Moses

Conrad Moses

Paul Mullenix

Nieca Murphy

Caelin Murray

Jolie Murray

Jadon Nashoanak

Guy Nelson

Alexis Newby

Dustin Newman

Janessa Newman

Thomas Newman

Kimberly Nicholas

Jessica Nicholi

Ashley Nicholia

Victoria Nollner

Vincent Nusunginya

Joseph O’Brien

Robert O’Connell

Mckenna Olanna

Grace Packer

Erin Patsy

Jocelyn Patsy

Victoria Patsy

Maria Pelkola

Lessa Peter

Tamara Pfund

Chrystalina Pharr

Christopher Pitka

Delores Pitka

Stephanie Pitka

Weather Potdevin

Skyla Powers

Alexa Prass

Donald Proksch

Shannon Queen

Michelle Quillin

Brittany Reed

Carolyn Richards

Kayla Ridderbush

Amanda Roberts

Angela Rutman

Alicia Sam

Anthony Sam

Carolyn Sam

Shirley Sam

Ginessa Sams

Corrie Sanders

Annie Sanford

Shyanne Saunders

Cheyenna Schafer

Leona Semaken

Carol Shewfelt

Shawn Shipp

Cheryl Silas

Justeena Silas-Titus

Chanel Simon

Keel Simon

Amber Sims

Leann Smith

Frederick Sommer

Martha Sommer

Jamie Stallings

Brian Stanley

Karl Stevens

Sommer Stickman

Paul Stoner

Maleia Storum

Robert Strick

Brandi Strom

Timothy Studie

Theodora Sutton

Tiana Teter

Barbara Thornton

Triston Titus

Andrea Turner

Jessica Ullrich

Racheal Upton

Dawn Vallely

Veta Van Hatten

Jazlin Vanderpool

Rona Vent

Larene Villa

Pedro Villa

Ashlynn Walker

Gerad Wholecheese

Tiffany Wicken

Clifton Wiehl

Annie Williams

Janelle Williams

John Williams

Raquel Williams

Sidaadza Williams

Tamara Williams

Mikel Winkelman

Brittany Wintter

Holly Wofford

Colton Wolter

Jacob Wolter

Daniel Woods

Brooke Wright

Alyssa Wulf

Clarissa Zeller

Register today for the Native American Career Success Academy!

The NACSA program is an online professional development curriculum for Native youth. The curriculum consists of two modules: Career Preparation and Navigating Your Real Costs. The coursework is designed to help Native youth develop the skill set and confidence required to become financially responsible young adults and successful young professionals.

The holidays are a great time to register and complete this curriculum. On average, it takes about 7-10 hours to complete both modules.

Successful completion of the NACSA curriculum makes youth 18-24 years old eligible for our Gen-I Career Success Fellowship. The fellowship program is designed to help students discover and articulate their career interests and prepare them for success in their chosen career.

Fellows will receive an all expense paid trip to New Orleans, LA in April 2018 to participate in a day-long Leadership Summit prior to attending the Annual NAFOA Conference. There, they will attend networking events and luncheons, as well as track sessions and participate in off-site visits.


January 29, 2018: Last day to sign up for NASCA

February 12, 2018: Last day to apply for the Fellowship

April 22, 2018: Leadership Summit

April 23 & 24, 2018: NAFOA Conference

For questions or comments please contact Cody Harjo, NAFOA Education Coordinator, at or (202) 407-2368

Consider adding one more name to your shopping list – a student

Dear friends,

‘Tis the season of giving! If you’re like us, you have a long list of special people to shop for. It’s such a wonderful time of year and wonderful opportunity to demonstrate to friends, family and colleagues how much you love and appreciate them.

holiday gift listAs you consider the perfect gift for each person on your list, we’d like to encourage you to consider adding one more name to your list – a student. While most gifts end up on a shelf somewhere, a gift to the Doyon Foundation scholarship fund has lasting meaning.

By investing in a student’s education today, you allow them to attend school tomorrow, ultimately giving them the tools they need to become leaders and positive community contributors in the future.

Your gift this holiday season will be impactful for many years to come.

Plus, if you make a gift by December 31, 2017, your donation is tax-deductible this year.

There are two easy ways to make your gift:

  1. Make a secure online donation at
  2. Mail in a check to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.

Undirected gifts will go to our general scholarship fund, which awards basic scholarships to part-time and full-time students. You may also choose to direct your donation to a specific scholarship fund by noting that when you make your gift.

You may also make a gift in honor or in memory of someone special. Simply note that in the “special instructions” online or in the memo line of your check.

From all of us at Doyon Foundation, we wish you happy holidays and all the best in the coming year!


Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation Executive Director

Student Gift List

Here are a few ways your gift can make a tangible gift for a student:

  • $15: Starting cost for a required textbook
  • $22: Shuttle and bus transportation for one semester
  • $51: Parking permit for one semester
  • $135: One semester of basic medical services
  • $202: One in-state credit
  • $595: Basic meal plan for one semester
  • $1,000: Half the estimated cost of books and supplies
  • $2,070: One semester of on-campus housing

* Estimated expenses from

Through a partnership with the US Department of Education’s Office of Indian Education, Claremont Graduate University will award selected Native Americans with a generous support package to help them earn a California preliminary K-12 teaching credential and master’s in education in as little as 15 months.

The fellowship provides selected Native American students with full tuition support and a stipend for living expenses, in addition to a year of mentoring once they complete the program, so that they emerge as teachers prepared with the skills needed to promote educational excellence in their communities.

  • A 100% tuition fellowship to complete Claremont Graduate University’s preliminary teaching credential and master’s in education program. (Fellows will be responsible for nominal student fees and costs associated with state-mandated tests for K-12 teachers.)
  • Fifteen months of living expenses ($1,400/month).
  • One year of post-program job mentorship. (Fellows need not be in California for this phase of the program.)

In exchange for the 15 months of tuition and living support, CNA Fellows must be employed for at least 15 months in a school serving Native American students. This school does not need to be located in California. If the CNA Fellow fails to meet this service commitment, the total amount of funds given becomes a loan that must be repaid. Therefore, it is imperative that CNA Fellows are committed to the teaching profession.


Six Native Americans will be selected as CNA Fellows for Cohort 1; an additional six CNA Fellows will be selected for Cohort 2.

Click HERE for more information.

SCA just announced 40+ internships in our database. There will be more to come! Below, there is information about:

– expense-paid land stewardship internships in Alaska and Outside

– seasonal Trail Crew Leader positions

– and opportunities for U.S. military Veterans

Anyone interested in gaining work experience with a land management agency should review this information. The SCA is committed to creating a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive land stewardship workforce.

2018 NPS Academy Alaska Internships – *Deadline: 1/3/18*

Interested in taking care of the land? Join the Alaska NPS Academy. The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is seeking young adults in Alaska for a Spring Break orientation and a variety of expense-paid summer internships with the National Park Service (NPS) in Alaska!

Spring Break (week of March 11, 2018): Join 15 SCA members age 18-35 in Anchorage for a fun and career-focused week of workshops and recreation. Summer Internship: Selected SCA members will go on to complete a 12-week internship at a NPS site in Alaska. Hone your skills in Public Speaking, Wildlife Management, Native Habitat Restoration, Cultural Resources, Digital Media, and more!

Benefits: SCA will provide transportation, lodging, and meals for the orientation. Summer Interns receive $1,100 travel allowance, free housing or rent stipend, $280 per week, and many will be eligible for a $1,500 AmeriCorps Education Award. Many SCA interns may be eligible to receive college credits and federal certifications.

NPS Academy is open to all applicants 18-35, but the recruitment focus is college students who identify as coming from underrepresented backgrounds. For a Flyer, Eligibility and to Apply,

Candidates must complete basic, intern, and final applications. Candidates don’t need to pay the application fee! Contact SCA Alaska Recruiter Jeff Chen at jchen or 907-717-8414 for the fee waiver, if any questions arise, or once the application is complete. Apply for NPS Academy by 5pm, Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

Additional SCA offerings

*New Internships Just Announced* SCA offers an additional 150 internships in Alaska and 1,500 internships across the country with various land management agencies. All are expenses-paid. See this page for our Tongass National Forest flyer and this page for our internship database. Positions are posted until filled. Positions are full-time and last between 12- and 52-weeks. Applications are due on a rolling basis. More and more positions will be posted throughout the next three months. Apply now to connect your application to up to 20 positions!

SCA’s Veterans Fire Corps is immediately seeking several more team members for a 12-week federal training and certification program in wildland firefighting. Both teams are in the Southeast U.S. with the following dates:

– January 8 to March 30, 2018

– February 10 to May 11, 2018

SCA is seeking Crew Leaders for our 2018 field season (approximately April through September). Do you have a passion for working on the land and a passion for mentoring Alaskan youth? Find out how you can help train the next generation of conservation leaders by becoming a SCA crew leader. Projects include trail building, environmental restoration, cabin construction, and more. Positons pay approximately $600 per week, with food and tent included.

SCA Alaska offers 4-week trail crews for high school students in Alaska. Selected members receive free travel, meals, and a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the crew. Students gain hands-on experience with work skills and life skills. Restore the environment, camp out, cook out, and meet new friends!

SCA is hiring for several staff members across the country.

Jeff Chen (陳奕正) (pronouns: he/him)

Alaska Recruiting Coordinator

Student Conservation Association
241 N. C Street
Anchorage, AK 99501

C: 907.717.8414

Conservation Begins Here®

Chrya C. Sanderson

Alaska Native Education Tutor
North Pole High School
601 NPHS Blvd. North Pole, Alaska 99705
488-3761 ex.19245
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Alaska Native students from all around Alaska are now able to attend the state’s only tribal college tuition-free.

“We looked at some of the obstacles that students — especially those in rural Alaska — have in going to college and money was one of them,” said Janelle Everett, Iḷisaġvik College’s director of recruitment. “The North Slope is fortunate in that there is wealth here, but that wealth is not necessarily in other parts of the state. People may not have the finances to attend college.”

Iḷisaġvik recently announced that starting next semester, Native students who are over the age of 18 will be able to apply for a tuition waiver to attend both distance learning and campus-based classes.

Read more here.

The family and friends of David “Burney” Dunn established a scholarship fund in his memory following his tragic death in 1994. Burney was a graduate student in wildlife biology and did his research on the relationships of lynx, hares, and habitat on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Southcentral Alaska. Burney had a long-term interest in conservation education and in dealing with the public, especially youth, in regard to conservation issues. He had a strong interest in working with less fortunate people in urban environments and intended to work in this area following completion of his graduate work. In establishing the David Burnett Dunn Memorial Award, it was the desire of the family that funds be awarded to a graduate student with similar interests in wildlife biology and ecology but also with interests in broader societal issues and community affairs.

To be eligible, a student:
• Must be a full-time graduate student in the Biology and Wildlife Department at UAF
• Must be in good academic standing
• Must be conducting or planning to conduct a field study on an Alaskan wildlife population
• Must have accrued a strong record of academic achievement in biology or wildlife biology
• Must have a record of undergraduate or other involvement in social issues

Use of Funds: Funds may be used for expenses related to field research, including transportation, supplies, equipment, software, or to pay an undergraduate technician. If the latter, applicants are encouraged to employ a freshman majoring in Wildlife Biology and Conservation or Biological Sciences, and who comes from an urban environment.

Please submit this application only once; for priority consideration submit it by the first review date of January 22, 2018.

If you have questions about this scholarship or your application, please contact the UAF Scholarship Coordinator at or 907-474-6228.

National American Indian Virtual Science & Engineering Fair

AISES is hosting its fifth virtual science and engineering fair!

Students from 5th-12th grade can participate in the NAIVSEF. There are two categories for entrants, Senior Division (grades 9-12) and Junior Division (grades 5-8). NAIVSEF projects may be submitted by individual students or teams of up to three students. Each participant (whether an individual or team) must have one adult sponsor. The sponsor can be either a parent, teacher, or mentor. AISES awards cash prizes to the winners of each division.

The NAIVSEF differs from other SSP-affiliated fairs in that it is a “Virtual Science Fair”. Unlike live fairs, virtual fairs do not require travel as the fair and judging are conducted online and via teleconference calls. Participants submit their projects as videos and slideshows online.

Read more about NAIVSEF at:


  • Online registration 
    September 18 – February 14, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of abstracts March 1, 2018
  • Deadline for submission of projects videos/slideshows
    March 23, 2018
  • Online judging of completed projects
    March 26 – 30, 2018
  • Interview date/time notices sent by email no later than 
    March 30, 2018
  • Winners notified and announced
    April 13, 2018

A complete timeline can be found at:

The American Indian College Fund will award the first American Indian Law School Scholarship in the fall of the 2018-19 academic year. The scholarship covers all costs of attendance, including tuition for the three-year course of study at Harvard Law School, for one Native student.

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The Edward and Anna Range Schmidt Charitable Trust provides grants for students studying earth science and for organizations that promote the understanding of earth sciences.  The Trust is also able to provide emergency assistance for immediate or short-term financial needs.

The Schmidt Charitable Trust was established in 1993 to encourage and assist promising students to pursue education in the earth and environmental sciences.  The focus of the Trust is to promote a better understanding of land, resources, and geologic processes and to support students preparing for related occupations.  With education in these areas students can prepare for roles in science-based land planning and management of natural resources; conservation and development of natural resources; stewardship of the environment; and research in earth history.

Alaska Natives and other minorities will be given preference.

Click  HERE to learn more or to apply for this scholarship.

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