February 2018

This Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2, 11 a.m.

DF_17_GrantApplicationDeadline Promotion_blogPlanning to submit a proposal for an Our Language grant? Want some tips for developing your proposal? Have questions about the application or granting process? Need to brainstorm ideas for your project?

If so, then join Doyon Foundation for an Our Language grant teleconference this Thursday and Friday, March 1 and 2, at 11 a.m.! To participate, simply call 1.800.315.6338 and use the PIN 556677.

Not able to attend the teleconference? You’re welcome to call anytime with questions – contact Allan Hayton, language revitalization program director at 907.459.2162 or haytona@doyon.com.

Through the Our Language grant program, the Foundation will award grants of up to $8,000 to fund language revitalization projects. Doyon region tribal governments/tribal councils/communities; nonprofit Alaska Native organizations, societies and community groups; and Alaska Native cultural, educational and recreational organizations/centers are eligible to apply.

Our Language grant proposals are due no later than Monday, March 5, 2018, at 5 p.m. Learn more on our blog or access the application packet here.


Doyon, Limited has internship opportunities available for the following: Accounting, Administration, Communications, Get Out the Native Vote, Human Resources, and Lands & Resources.

Doyon Utilities and Doyon Government Group will usually open intern positions as well. All intern opportunities are posted to the Doyon employment site as they become available: www.doyon.com/employment

Shareholder Outreach is the contact if there are any questions: 459-2085, 1-888-478-4755, outreach@doyon.com.

FebHere is your February Native Word of the Month in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)! Hai’ (thank you) to our translator, Allan Hayton.

February = Veegwaadhat

Shidrii = My heart

Shidrii zhit gwiintł’oo shoo ihłii. = My heart is very happy.

Listen to an audio recording of the translation: 

At Doyon Foundation, our efforts go further than providing financial support to our students. We also want to show support by recognizing their achievements and hard work, and providing them with encouragement to keep on pursuing their goals.

With this in mind, last fall we surprised our 2017 – 2018 competitive scholarship recipients with durable and attractive backpacks embroidered with our logo and “Doyon Foundation scholar.” The backpacks were accompanied by a notecard signed by the Foundation board members stating, “We are very proud of your accomplishments and can’t wait to see how far you will go in the future. We’re sending you this backpack to help you along your educational journey. Carry it with pride and always remember we believe in you!”

After receiving the backpacks, we received a number of photos and thank you notes from our competitive scholarship recipients. We are pleased to share those with you here.

ClaireClaire DeMartino
Delta State University
Bachelor of Science
Pre-Physical Therapy

Dear Doyon Foundation,

I just received the backpack, thank you so much, it will be great for this upcoming semester! Thank you also for all the wonderful support, it’s greatly appreciated!
~Claire DeMartino

CheyenneCheyenne Swanger
Citizens School of Nursing
Bachelor of Science in Nursing

To all at The Doyon Foundation,

I received your wonderful gift of the Doyon Foundation backpack today. I appreciate the fact that I am thought of and will certainly put it to good use.

Thank you so much,
~Cheyenne Swanger

JanelleJanelle Solbos
Idaho State University
Doctor of Pharmacy

Thank You,
~Janelle Solbos



Brittany Woods-Orrison
Menlo College
Bachelor of Arts


Thank you so much for my backpack, it is so functional and can hold a surprising amount. It came at a perfect time too, right before I was putting money together to buy a new bag. Instead, that money went to books.

Enaa baaseee,
~Angniq (Brittany) Woods-Orrison

HayleyHayley Michel
Colorado State University
Bachelor of Science
Nutritional Sciences and Biology

Thanks again for the backpack. I can’t wait to use it at Colorado State University.


JulianJulian Thibedeau
University of Alaska Fairbanks
Rural Human Services

The 2018-19 Education Resources Handbook published by The CIRI Foundation is now available!  Inside, you will find information on scholarships, grants, internships, and employment opportunities. You’ll also find plenty of advice for getting into college and tips for academic success!




University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Liberal Arts Center for Cross-Cultural Studies Indigenous Studies announces a public defense:

Polly Hyslop

Candidate for Doctor of Philosophy

Circle Peacemaking in Kake, Alaska

A case study of Indigenous Planning and Dispute Systems Design

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018 @ 10 am

Design Theater (ELIF 401)


Flyer- Polly Hyslop Defense 022018.pdf

DF_18_Student Dinner Promotion_blogWant to learn how to budget as a college student? Interested in a career in finance? Come learn from some financial experts and Doyon Foundation alumni who have been in your shoes at our upcoming Student $ucce$$ Dinner in Fairbanks! All Doyon Foundation students, alumni, family, friends and other supporters are welcome to attend this free event.

Thursday, February 22

5:30 p.m.

University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Rural Student Services Gathering Room

RSVP by Wednesday, February 21


The evening will feature a presentation, titled Taxes and Financial Planning for College Students, by Doyon Foundation accountant, Kelly Ward, CPA. Kelly, who is the co-owner of the certified public accounting firm Robinson & Ward, will discuss common tax situations for college students, financial planning opportunities and the importance of budgeting.

We’ll also hear from three Foundation alumni, who will share about their educational journey and career experiences. Joining us are:


Bruce Miller. Bruce graduated with a bachelor’s degree in geography and a minor in economics in 1991. He went on to receive a Bachelor of Business Administration with an HR focus in 1992. Bruce, who has worked at Doyon, Limited for nearly 26 years, is currently the senior risk management analyst for the corporation.


Abigail Riggs portrait

Abigail Riggs, CPA. Abigail graduated from UAF in 2010 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in accounting. The following year, she graduated with an MBA with an emphasis in capital markets. She became a certified public accountant in 2014, and currently serves as the finance manager at Doyon, Limited.


JulieJulie Biddle. Julie is Gwich’in/Navajo, originally from Fort Yukon. She received her bachelor’s degree in business economics from UC Santa Barbara and her MBA with an emphasis in capital markets from UAF. She worked for Doyon, Limited for 20 years, starting in an entry-level communications position before being promoted to vice president of shareholder services. After receiving her MBA, Julie worked for Doyon as a financial analyst. She recently began work for the Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments, a consortium of 10 tribal governments in the Yukon Flats, overseeing the Native American Career and Technical Education Program. She is also a member of the grants management and compliance team.

Are you a Foundation alumni? If so, please consider bringing a door prize donation or a dish to share. Let us know what you can bring when you RSVP.


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