September 2018



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

64_DF_2018 Yearbook Link Promotion_blog

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

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.


66_Spring Scholarship Reminder Promotion_v1_Blog

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 or 907.459.2048.

Please find attached the newest Alaska Native language revitalization digest.

Alaska Language Revitalization Digest 9.14.18.pdf

DF_41_OpenPosition Promotion_blog

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.

65_Board Candidate Promotion_v1_blog

Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for two open seats on its board of directors. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 26, 2018, at 5 p.m. One open position is for a three-year term, expiring in 2021. The second seat has a remainder term of two years, expiring in 2020.


Candidates seeking election to the Doyon Foundation board must be:

  • A Doyon shareholder
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Knowledgeable about private foundation management and higher education
  • Familiar with the Foundation’s vision, goals, mission and purpose
  • Committed to carrying out the duties of a board member, which include:
    • Attending quarterly board meetings
    • Serving on two board committees
    • Completing work outside of meetings
    • Representing the Foundation at various events
    • Speaking on behalf of the Foundation at events, if asked
    • Note that some board work is conducted remotely, and computer and online access is strongly encouraged

Doyon Foundation is specifically interested in candidates with nonprofit board and fundraising experience. Additionally, candidates residing in a rural community within the Doyon region are especially encouraged to apply.

Important Notice

Please note that, under federal laws governing private foundations, family members of Doyon Foundation board members are NOT eligible to receive a Doyon Foundation basic or competitive scholarship during their term on the board. Family members are defined as the board members’ spouse, ancestors, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the spouses of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Current Doyon Foundation scholarship recipients are also not eligible to serve on the board.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The duties of a Doyon Foundation board member include:

  • Contribute skills that help the Foundation make progress on planning
  • Consistently work toward and produce results related to the Foundation’s strategic focus areas, which include providing consistent measurable results, diversifying and growing revenue streams, increasing shareholder educational opportunities, enhancing operations, and revitalizing languages and traditional Native values
  • Define and oversee the mission of the Foundation and keep it relevant to the needs of Doyon shareholders and their descendants
  • Approve programs/services and monitor their effectiveness
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Foundation and its executive director
  • Ensure financial solvency and help raise resources
  • Select, support and evaluate the executive director
  • Ensure continuous board improvement
  • Attend quarterly meetings in Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as any special meetings called
  • Serve on two board committees and possibly chair one committee, which include finance/investment, development/fundraising, language revitalization/culture, and governance
  • Participate in at least one board training event each year
  • Demonstrate willingness to take on other duties and assignments, as needed
  • Represent and, if asked, speak on behalf of Doyon Foundation at various events

Application Instructions/Deadline

Applications are accepted using an online form. The form does not take long to fill out and candidates are able to upload resumes and/or other materials.

Candidates may also download and print a hard copy form to complete and mail to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701. Mailing instructions are provided on the form.

Please note that candidates are required to submit an updated resume along with their completed application.

It is highly recommended that candidates familiarize themselves with the Foundation and its work by reviewing the Foundation’s website, blog and Facebook page prior to submitting an application.

The deadline to apply is Friday, October 26, 2018, at 5 p.m.

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


D2X_3063Here is your September Native Word of the Month in Deg Xinag ! Thank you to our translator, Edna Deacon of Grayling!

Dineg tth’in = moose bone

Dineg tth’in niłtoxit’oth gitolayh. = Cut up the moose bone, put it in the soup.

Listen to an audio recording of the September word:

Listen to an audio recording of the September phrase: