September 2018


 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

No. 18-118

Contact: Austin Baird, Press Secretary – (907) 310-9761

Berett Wilber, Deputy Press Secretary – (907) 419-3931

Gov. Walker recognizes linguistic emergency for Alaska Native languages
Administrative Order 300 supports Native language revitalization and improves tribal collaboration

SEPTEMBER 23, 2018 JUNEAU – Governor Bill Walker today issued Administrative Order 300, formally acknowledging the emergency faced by Alaska’s Native languages, supporting their revitalization, and improving government-to-government relationships between Alaska’s state and tribal governments. More than 200 Alaskans, including Lt. Governor Byron Mallott, attended the signing of the order during a traditional Warming of the Hands ceremony at the First Alaskans Institute’s Social Justice Summit in Juneau.

“This order focuses on concrete ways Alaska can show leadership to support its first people and their languages — one of our richest and most at-risk resources.” Governor Walker said. “It’s our responsibility to acknowledge government’s historical role in the suppression of indigenous languages, and our honor to move into a new era by supporting their revitalization.”

The Department of Education and Early Development will collaborate with the Alaska Native Language Preservation Advisory Council (ANLPAC), the University of Alaska, state agencies, and other stakeholders to integrate Alaska Native languages into public schools and universities. As they create and update public signs, all state departments will begin the process of implementing bilingual signage that recognizes indigenous place names, including street and marine highway signs.

“Alaska Native languages are a resource we must work to protect,” Lt. Governor Mallott said. “Developed over thousands of years lived in concert with the land, they carry knowledge about our homes, our cultures, and our ways of life that can’t be communicated any other way. I want to thank the Alaska Legislature for stepping forward earlier this year and supporting the foundational issue of Native language revitalization by passing HCR 19.”

To facilitate better collaboration between state government and Alaska Native Tribes and communities, the order also asks each of Alaska’s agencies to work to develop a plan for meaningful government-to-government consultation with tribes, and participate in the Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) endeavor led by First Alaskans. The commissioner of each department will designate a tribal liaison to help develop and implement those plans.

The order follows the 2018 ANLPAC Biennial Report, which recognized a linguistic emergency for Alaska’s twenty native languages. Since then, Alaska’s Legislature and the Walker-Mallott administration have taken action to recognize the emergency and offer support for language revitalization.

PR 18-118 AO 300.pdf

PR 18-118 Gov. Walker recognizes linguistic emergency for Alaska Native languages.pdf

PR 18-118 Gov. Walker recognizes linguistic emergency for Alaska Native languages.pdf

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Each year we commemorate the achievements of Doyon Foundation students who have achieved their educational goals in our annual Graduate Yearbook. We are excited to announce that our 2018 Graduate Yearbook is now available – and in a brand new, more interactive format! Check it out here. (Have corrections or additions? Please submit to foundation@doyon.com.)

We celebrated the achievements of these grads at our 2018 graduate reception. See photos on Facebook. This annual event is our opportunity celebrate the hard work and incredible accomplishments of our students who are at the end of one important journey and getting ready to start on the next.

This year we celebrated a total of 51 Doyon Foundation graduates: 17 high school graduates, four obtained a certificate, eight got their associates degree, 20 received a bachelor’s degree, one completed a master’s degree, and one received their PhD!

At the reception, we heard from two inspiring speakers: alumni speaker Larissa Sommer, and graduate speaker Christina Edwin. If you missed the event, you can still check out their addresses on our YouTube channel.

ConGRADulations to our 2018 grads!

When you call Doyon Foundation, you may notice a new voice at the other end of the phone – our new administrative assistant, Flo Grant! Flo joined the Foundation team earlier this summer and we are thrilled to welcome her.Flo

“I wanted to work here at the Foundation because it focuses on two very important social needs of our people, which is education and language revitalization,” shared Flo, who was born and raised in Tanana, Alaska. She is the daughter of Adele Grant and the late Gary Albert, and the granddaughter of the late Richard and Regina Grant, and Jacob Starr and Mary Albert.

A Doyon, Limited shareholder and Foundation student, Flo is working toward a degree in tribal management and a certificate in applied business. She plans on graduating in May 2019. Before joining the Foundation, Flo served as the executive assistant to Uqaqti Consulting LLC’s president/owner and Doyon shareholder Joy Huntington.

When she’s not helping things run smoothly at the Foundation, Flo enjoys spending time with her family, taking road trips to Tanana, walking at Creamers Field, sewing beads, learning from other master beadwork artists, and being a part of the Tanana Traditional Dancers.

 

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Time is running out to apply for spring 2019 Doyon Foundation scholarships! Applications must be received by Thursday, November 15 at 5 p.m. Remember that our basic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your application in early!

DF_67_Transcripts Infographic_FINALPart-time students are eligible to receive an $800 basic scholarship and full-time students can receive $1,200 basic scholarships. To be considered part-time, students must be enrolled in 3 to 11 credits (or 2 to 8 credits for graduate students). Full-time students are those enrolled in 12 or more credits (9 or more credits for graduate students).

Applications are accepted through our online scholarship portal, available on our website. First time using the new system? See our step-by-step instructions on how to create a new account. Questions on the application process? Check out our tutorial on how to apply for a scholarship.

To be eligible for a Doyon Foundation scholarship, you must:

  • Be enrolled to Doyon, Limited or be the child of an original enrollee
  • Be accepted to an accredited college, university, technical or vocational school
  • Meet our minimum GPA requirements
  • Be enrolled in the required minimum number of credits

There are several items you will need to submit when applying for a basic scholarship, including:

It is very important to log in to your student account before the scholarship application deadline to check that you have submitted all the required materials. (Put a reminder on your calendar now!)

One thing we always get lots of questions about is transcripts. Do I need to submit them? Do they need to be official or unofficial? What is the deadline? Here’s what you need to know about transcripts:

  • Official transcripts only need to be submitted once per academic year (which runs August through July).
  • If you’re a “new” student (in order words, you didn’t receive a fall 2018 scholarship), then you need to submit official transcripts by the November 15 deadline.
  • If you’re a “returning” student (meaning you received a fall 2018 scholarship), you can submit unofficial transcripts. We know you won’t have transcripts for the fall semester by November 15, so the deadline for you to submit them is December 21.

We encourage you to review our scholarship resource handbook for all the details on transcripts, eligibility and application requirements. You are also welcome to give us a call or send us an email anytime – we are here to help!

Need computer access to complete the online application? Come by the Foundation office at the Doyon Industrial Facility, 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101 in Fairbanks.

Remember – the deadline to apply for a spring 2019 basic scholarship is Thursday, November 15! If you have questions, contact us at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

Please find attached the newest Alaska Native language revitalization digest.

Alaska Language Revitalization Digest 9.14.18.pdf

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Doyon Foundation is seeking a scholarship program manager! If you have strong organizational skills, love working with people, and want to play a hands-on role in helping students achieve their dreams, this could be the perfect fit for you.

This very important position is responsible for the development and management of our scholarship programs and other selected projects. The scholarship program manager also assists with outreach and Alaska Native education issues supported by the Foundation’s mission.

This full-time position is based in Fairbanks at the Foundation office.

Applicants should have a bachelor’s degree in education, business, organizational or nonprofit management or other appropriate area of study, or four years of work-related experience.

Please view the job description for more information on essential functions, requirements, qualifications, working environment, physical demands, and preference statement.

Interested applicants should create a Talent Bank profile and complete the online job application on the Doyon, Limited website.

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We are pleased to announce an exciting opportunity to join the Doyon Foundation team and be involved with our rapidly growing language revitalization program! We are currently seeking applicants for a brand-new position – our language revitalization administrative assistant.

The application deadline has been EXTENDED to Friday, September 21 at 5 p.m.

The language revitalization administrative assistant will work closely with our language revitalization director, providing administrative duties and support for our language revitalization program, including the Doyon Languages Online (DLO) project. This position will also work with the Foundation team to support scholarship programs, community relations and fund development. This is a full-time position based at our office in Fairbanks.

Applicants should be high school graduates (or equivalent), have a minimum of one year of admin assistant experience, be able to operate Microsoft Office programs and type at least 45 words per minute, have a valid driver’s license, and access to a registered and insured vehicle.

Please view the job description for more information on essential functions, knowledge, skills and abilities, qualifications, working environment, physical demands, preference statement and reasonable accommodation.

Interested applicants should create a Talent Bank profile and complete the online job application on the Doyon, Limited website. The position closes at 5 p.m. on Friday, September 21.

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