May 2019

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There are more ways than ever to stay connected with Doyon Foundation! We’ve recently expanded our online presence to include Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter. We invite you to choose your favorite platforms and follow us to get the latest info on scholarship deadlines, language revitalization news, volunteer opportunities, grant applications, events and more!

It’s Easy to Support Scholarships While You Shop

Fred Meyer community rewardsDid you know you can help Doyon Foundation earn donations just by shopping with your Fred Meyer Rewards Card?

Fred Meyer donates $2.6 million per year to the local schools, community organizations and nonprofits of your choice. All you have to do is link your Rewards Card and scan it every time you shop at Fred Meyer.

Between April 1, 2018, and March 31, 2019, we received $834.18 in donations from Fred Meyer, thanks to supporters who linked their Rewards Card to the Foundation. If all of our supporters linked their cards, just think about how much the Foundation could receive for our scholarship and language revitalization programs!

You can support the Foundation while you shop with just a few simple steps:

  • Log into your account or create a new account at
  • Search for Doyon Foundation by name or by our NEW nonprofit number: QB344.
  • Link your card to Doyon Foundation.
  • Use your card every time you shop. Every dollar you spend helps us earn a donation from Fred Meyer! And you’ll still earn your rewards points, fuel points and rebates.

Don’t have a Rewards Card? Pick one up at the customer service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

The Fred Meyer Community Rewards program is just one way you can support Doyon Foundation. Other opportunities include:

Thank you for your support of the Foundation and our students!

For more information Doyon Foundation, please visit or contact us at 907.459.2050 or For details on the community rewards program, please visit

Doyon Foundation is pleased to welcome two new members to its board of directors: Marie Cleaver and Aaron Roth. Cleaver and Roth were elected to the Foundation’s seven-member board at the annual membership meeting in November.

Marie CleaverCleaver, elected to serve a two-year remainder term, is originally from Ruby, and currently resides in Galena. A former Foundation scholarship recipient, Cleaver studied tribal management at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, and will receive her certificate this spring. Cleaver has worked for Tanana Chiefs Conference, Fairbanks Native Association, and the Ruby Tribal Council. She currently works as an administrative officer/budget tech for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Galena. She is very involved with her children’s school, and loves the outdoors, painting, reading and crafting.

“I have always been very passionate about education, whether it be furthering my own or encouraging others to continue with theirs. As a past recipient, I feel this is a good way to give back,” Cleaver said. “I am honored and grateful to be able to sit on and serve with the Doyon Foundation board. They have done wonderful things for our people, and I look forward to learning and participating in all the awesome work that the Foundation is doing.”

Aaron RothRoth, elected to serve a three-year term, grew up in King Salmon and Wasilla, as well as Loretto, Tennessee, and currently lives in Anchorage. A former recipient of a Morris Thompson competitive scholarship, Roth holds a bachelor’s of business administration in finance and management from the University of Alaska Anchorage. He is also a graduate of the Doyon Leadership Training. Roth’s work experience includes Prudhoe Bay, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company, and Doyon Remote Facilities & Services. He currently works at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, where he is the program manager of the orthopedic clinic.

“I am very grateful for the support that the Foundation gave me when I was pursuing higher education,” Roth said. “Serving on the board is a way of giving back and giving thanks for that support. It also gives me an opportunity to build a stronger connection and become more engaged with the people that Doyon Foundation serves. I see serving on the board as continuing my education. I am beyond excited about learning everything that being a Foundation board member teaches.”

Following the board member elections last fall, officer elections were held at the Foundation board meeting in February. Lanien Livingston was re-elected as president, Jennifer Fate was elected as vice president, and LaVerne Huntington was elected as secretary/treasurer.

The Foundation extends its gratitude to outgoing member, Helena Jacobs, who served on the Foundation board for the past three years. During her term, Jacobs sat on the development committee, governance committee, scholarship committee, and language revitalization committee. She also served as vice president of the board.

Doyon Foundation recruits candidates for open seats on its board each fall. Doyon, Limited shareholders age 18 and older are eligible to serve on the board. Shareholders interested in serving are encouraged to watch the Foundation website, sign up to receive Foundation emails, and follow the Foundation on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn for announcements of future opportunities.

For more information about the Foundation, visit or contact or 907.459.2048.

DLO instructional video screenshotWith a preview of the Doyon Languages Online project now available, and more courses rolling out soon, we wanted to provide some helpful tips to all you language learners!

Check out our short instructional video series on how to sign up for Doyon Languages Online (for free!), how to add and use the courses, and how to take advantage of some of the software features, like the microphone and easy type.

Need additional assistance? Visit or contact us at 907.459.2048 or

The Center for Native American Youth at The Aspen Institute (CNAY) has partnered with Brown University Pre-College Programs to award full-tuition, residential scholarships for two Native students to attend a Brown University Pre-College program during summer 2019. The CNAY-Brown Summer Scholarship covers tuition, room and board, application fees, and program fees.

CNAY-Brown Scholars have three summer program options to choose from: Summer at Brown, the Brown Leadership Institute, and the Brown Environmental Leadership Lab (BELL) at Rhode Island. All programs take place on or near Brown’s campus in Providence, Rhode Island.

All CNAY-Brown application materials are due at 11:59 PM Eastern Time on Sunday, May 12, 2019. CNAY will notify all applicants of their final application status by May 20, 2019.

Application Deadline: May 12, 2019 11:59 PM Eastern Time. 

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The Doyon Foundation 2019 Graduate Reception takes place this Friday, May 10, at the Doyon, Limited Chiefs Court in Fairbanks. We are so excited to announce our confirmed full speaker line-up:

  • Alumni speakers: Brothers Aaron and Ethan Schutt
  • Elder speaker: Rev. Anna Frank, who received an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Graduate speaker: Janessa Newman, 2019 University of Alaska Fairbanks graduate, bachelor’s of biological sciences

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In addition to these inspiring speakers, we will also hear introductions from our 2019 graduates and enjoy a performance by the talented Troth Yeddha’ dance group!

High school and college students who are graduating or have graduated during the 2018 – 2019 academic year are invited to attend, along with their friends, families, teachers and other Foundation supporters. Graduates are encouraged to wear their Native regalia, if they have it.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP with your name and the number of people attending to or 907.459.2048.

Interested in grant writing? Here is a great opportunity to learn more and Doyon Foundation offers Short Term Vocational scholarships that would assist to pay for it!

See Doyon Foundation’s eligibility and scholarship requirements in the foundation’s Scholarship Resource Handbook.

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