January 2020

141_Student$ Promotion_FB-INCongratulations to the 311 students who are receiving a total of $415,100 in Doyon Foundation scholarships for the spring 2020 semester!

We are pleased to award 177 full-time basic scholarships, 89 part-time basic scholarships and 45 competitive scholarships.

Students, your scholarship is on its way! Log in to your student account if you have questions about your scholarship application status.

Also, mark your calendar for our next scholarship application deadline: March 15 is the deadline to apply for scholarships for the summer 2020 semester.

Learn more about our scholarships in our scholarship brochure and scholarship resource handbook, or read about some of our past and current recipients on our blog!

For more information or assistance, contact our scholarship program manager at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Doyon Drilling  has a Payroll and Accounting Technician job opening in Anchorage.

To review the job description and to apply for the Payroll and Accounting Technician log into UltiPro at https://n14.ultipro.com.  Click on “Menu” in the upper left corner, hover over “Myself”, and click on “Job Openings” under the “My Company” heading.  A list of open positions will come up, click on Requisition #20-0009 to review and apply.



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Doyon Foundation is seeking applicants for our open Doyon Languages Online evaluation intern position, which is a temporary, part-time position located at the Goldstream Group office in Fairbanks. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, January 28, 2020. We are specifically seeking a junior or senior in college. Interested applicants can learn more about the position and apply online via the Doyon, Limited website.

The program evaluation intern will work as a member of multiple teams to complete Doyon Languages Online evaluation tasks, including coordinating and monitoring data collection schedules; coding, entering and cleaning data; creating and maintaining databases; conducting basic analyses; preparing tables and graphs; conducting interviews; writing project report; and conducting online and literature searches.

Applicants should have strong organizational, writing and personal computer skills, and the ability to work well with others and multi-task. The preferred candidate will have experience in data collection, preparation and reporting, and a general familiarity with state and federal grant regulation and reporting, program evaluation techniques, statistical analysis techniques and software, and data management. Junior or seniors in college are preferred.

All interested candidates are encouraged to learn more about the position and apply online via the Doyon, Limited website. Applications will be accepted through Tuesday, January 28, 2020.


Formerly the Summer Medical Dental Education Program (SMDEP)

SHPEP is a free 6 week summer enrichment program focused on improving access to information and resources for college students interested in the health professions. SHPEP’s goal is to strengthen the academic proficiency and career development of students underrepresented in the health professions and prepare them for a successful application and matriculation to health professions schools.

SHPEP is implemented at 12 program sites across the nation. Each site provides scholars with academic enrichment in the basic sciences and math, shadowing experiences, career development activities, learning and study skills seminars, and financial planning. SHPEP at the University of Washington is a collaboration of the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry and Public Health.

Learn more at https://tinyurl.com/sgbyh6v.

American Heart Association EmPOWERED to Serve Scholars are college freshmen, sophomores and juniors making a difference in the health of their communities. Past scholars include: A health policy and management student who encouraged corner groceries to sell fresh, healthy foods, A biochemistry student who taught diabetes courses at a community health clinic, and a public policy student who helped launch an urban garden where families living in a food desert could harvest fresh fruit and vegetables.

Ten students will each receive a $10,000 scholarship towards their college tuition.


Vision Maker Media is pleased to offer paid multimedia public television internships to undergraduate or graduate students. With major funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), the purpose of the paid internship is to increase the opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native youth in public broadcasting. Interns can locate throughout the United States at the Public Television station—or at Vision Maker Media in Lincoln, Nebraska!

See more at https://tinyurl.com/rsch46g.

Vision Maker Media exists to serve Native producers and Indian country in partnership with public television and radio. Vision Maker Media works with Native producers to develop, produce and distribute educational telecommunications programs for all media including public television and public radio. Vision Maker Media supports training to increase the number of American Indians and Alaska Natives producing quality public broadcasting programs, which includes advocacy efforts promoting increased control and use of information technologies and the policies to support this control by American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Iḷisaġvik College is pleased to announce that Iñupiaq language courses will be offered free of tuition beginning the Spring 2020 semester. This amounts to $495 in savings for each student enrolling in Iñupiaq language course, a reduction from the total previous cost of $605 and the removal of a significant barrier to accessing language knowledge and instruction.

Waiving tuition for the course is distinctive from the Alaska Native/Native American Tuition Waiver offered by Iḷisaġvik College, which requires that each student apply for at least one scholarship to qualify and after the first waiver, requires students to be enrolled in a program. Waiving tuition for the course further opens access to non-degree, non-program seeking community members seeking to further language ability.

Final Press Release Tuition Waived Language Courses 1.10.20.pdf

The $1,000 Scott Johnson Memorial Scholarship – for tuition and other related educational expenses to students majoring or minoring in Justice, Administration of Justice or Homeland Security and Emergency Management. Deadline: 2.15.20


Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities has a paid college internship position open with their IT section in Fairbanks. Get some experience, get paid $17-$21 and work with some completely excellent people. Deadline Jan. 27. More info here: https://tinyurl.com/srrcwuz

“Doyon Foundation scholarships are a source of motivation”

131_Student_Ben_FB-INBen Schwartz is the son of Polly Hyslop, of Northway and Tanana, and Daniel Schwartz, of Palo Alto, California. Ben’s mother is an assistant professor of Indigenous studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks; his father is dean of education at Stanford. His maternal grandparents are Polly (Demit) Hyslop of Northway and Floyd Hyslop of Roscommon, Michigan. Ben’s maternal great-grandmother is Bertha (Demit-Sinyon) of Northway and Canada. His paternal grandparents are Murray Schwartz of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Audrey Schwartz of Camden, New Jersey.

Ben earned a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2008 from Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon. He’s pursuing an executive master’s of business administration from the University of Nevada Reno and anticipates graduating in 2021.

Ben’s program at the University of Nevada Reno is among top-ranked degrees for students seeking an accelerated master’s of business administration, known as an executive MBA (EMBA). Students often work full time while completing online courses focused on evidence-based problem solving.

Graduates of EMBA programs go on to become corporate leaders, capable of shaping the direction of large organizations. After earning his MBA, Ben’s goals include becoming a certified public accountant and helping expand Bluebird CPAs, an accounting and consulting firm where he’s employed in Reno, Nevada. Clients include tribal governments and tribal for-profit businesses nationwide.

Ben’s goals include using his training in accounting and management to benefit Alaska Native regional and village corporations. “I’d like to apply my knowledge of business and my experience of working with tribal businesses to help grow resources for Alaska Native shareholders,” he said. “I’m interested in finding a balance between business and culture.”

In addition to helping defray education costs, Ben’s Doyon Foundation scholarship has helped shape his plans after graduation, especially as he considers family members who are shareholders in Alaska Native corporations. “I’m inspired by the belief that I’ll somehow be able to assist family members’ well-being through my knowledge and expertise,” Ben said.

EMBA programs involve graduate-level courses in statistics, financial management, and marketing and accounting, among others. Students often also are engrossed in rewarding jobs. Ben has found that setting aside study time to study, while also attending to work he enjoys, is a challenge.

“It’s sometimes difficult to break away and devote the appropriate time to school,” he said. “To fix this, I assign certain tasks to each day and devote a specific amount of time to achieve them.” For instance, he organizes a daily schedule of coursework due each week and then stays on schedule as best he can. “I take it one week at a time,” he said. Planning too far in advance can lead to feeling overwhelmed.

Ben’s work experience includes years helping stage concerts at casinos and resorts. Today he enjoys attending concerts — favorites include classic rock, electronic, and country music — and he plays co-ed softball with gym friends on a C League team that won its league (mostly by forfeits, he says!) in 2019. He volunteers with a professional network that helps northern Nevada nonprofit groups with fundraising.

Life in and out of school has taught him the value of working steadily toward a desired result. “My largest tip for success is to write down your short-term and long-term goals and find a way to pursue them every day,” he said. “I think life is way more fun chasing goals.”

Naga’ khwdokhwdeje’ikh … “I am learning our language.” -Benhti Kenaga’

Doyon Foundation hosted a language gathering the weekend of October 25 – 27, 2019, in Fairbanks. The weekend was focused on sharing resources for language teachers and there was also lots of good food, laughter and singing. The hope for this gathering was to begin recruiting and preparing future language teachers for Doyon region languages.

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There is currently a shortage of teachers working among the 10 Indigenous languages of the Doyon region, with only a handful of those languages being actively taught by dedicated teachers. Another objective of this and future gatherings is to provide training on how to use the Doyon Languages Online courses for teaching languages.

Doyon Languages Online is a project of the Doyon Foundation, which is producing online learning opportunities for nine of the 10 Indigenous languages of the Doyon region, including Hän, Gwich’in, Denaakk’e, Benhti Kenaga’, Holikachuk, Nee’anděg’ (Tanacross), Née’aaneegn’ (Upper Tanana), Deg Xinag and Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim). The first set of online courses were made available in summer 2019, and are now accessible for free to all interested learners at doyonfoundation.com/dlo.

Scheduled presenters at the gathering included Chris Cannon, Sophia Flather, Kenneth Frank, Susan K’etsoo Paskvan, Hishinali’ Peter, Sabine Siekmann and Siri Tuttle. Topics included Dene Athabascan grammar, traditional knowledge practices, caribou anatomy, Dene astronomical and sky-related knowledge, curriculum development and utilization, and strategies for language teaching and learning. Facilitators Rochelle Adams and Dewey Kk’ołeyo Hoffman led discussions following each presentation.

The majority of the language gathering participants have been working on the Doyon Languages Online project over the last few years, creating courses to revitalize the endangered Athabascan languages of the Doyon region. During each day of the gathering, the group was presented with “language questions” and their responses were used to generate several posters, including “reasons to learn your language,” “advice to language learners” and “goals for beginning language learners.” The aim of the questions was to gather group feedback to plan future language teacher training sessions. This teacher training is a key part of the Foundation’s Doyon Languages Online project.

Doyon Languages Online is a partnership between Doyon Foundation and 7000 Languages, a nonprofit that supports endangered language learning through software donated by Transparent Language. The project is funded by a grant from the Administration for Native Americans, now in its fourth-year and focused on teacher training, outreach and surveys. Additional project funding is provided through a three-year grant from the Alaska Native Education Program, awarded in 2017.

The launch of Doyon Languages Online coincided with the International Year of Indigenous Languages, which Doyon Foundation is a partner organization of.  In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution proclaiming 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages. At the time, it was estimated that 40 percent of the 6,700 languages spoken around the world were in danger of disappearing. This situation is reflected among the Indigenous languages of the Doyon region.

“Along with our languages, we stand to lose our cultures and knowledge systems, and we thank Doyon, Limited for their leadership in safeguarding these living treasures,” said Allan Hayton, director of the Foundation’s language revitalization program.

For more information on Doyon Languages Online and details on upcoming events and seminars, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or email foundation@doyon.com.

Language Questions Translations

Gen ghū go saakkaay Denaakk’e hedohūhdel’eeh?

Why do we want the younger generation to learn their language? – Denaakk’e


Nedaats’e hohaa eey Denaakenaage’ edots’uhdetol’eeh?

How are we going to learn our language? – Denaakk’e


Diiginjik k’yaa gwizhit jidii kwaii agwal’ee iindhan?

What are your language learning goals? – Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa


Deya denaga ghu ise?

What are your language learning goals? – Benhti Kenaga’


Nitsii Ddhaa in Arctic Village, courtesy of Allan Hayton

We are pleased to share our very first Native words of the month of 2020! Thank you to Allan Hayton for providing these Gwich’in translations:

Neegwadadhat = Year

K’eejit = New, recent, young

Neegwadadhat K’eejit zhit nakhwidivee goozu’! = May you all be well in the New Year!


For more translations, view our Native word of the month archives on the Foundation website.

We also invite you to access free online language-learning lessons by signing up for Doyon Languages Online! We currently have lessons available for HolikachukDenaakk’eBenhti Kenaga’ and Gwich’in, as well as a special set of Hän lessons based on the work of the late Isaac Juneby. All interested learners may sign up and access the courses at no charge – sign up today!

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It’s the New Year, which also means it’s time to apply for your PFD and Pick. Click. Give! We thank everyone who has made a Pick. Click. Give. contribution to Doyon Foundation in the past, and we invite everyone to consider making a pledge when you apply for your 2020 PFD.

When you Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation, you:

1. Pick students. Scholarships. Education. Strong workforces. Dreams coming true. Your Pick. Click. Give. pledge goes to support our scholarship program, which has awarded nearly 16,000 scholarships totaling $11.6 million since our inception 30 years ago. Think of all the careers launched and educational dreams come true!

2. Click to support language revitalization. By clicking to support Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give., you are making it possible for us to continue our important work in the revitalization of the Native languages of the Doyon region. We launched the first Doyon Languages Online courses last summer, and more are in the works. You can sign up to learn your language for free right now on our website!

3. Give back. Many of our donors are Doyon Foundation alumni, previous scholarship recipients, who want to find a way to give back, to say thank you, to support the next generation of students. Whether you benefitted from Foundation scholarships yourself, or simply want to lend a hand to today’s students, we welcome your support.

If you would like to help forward our mission to provide educational, career and cultural opportunities to enhance the identity and quality of life for Doyon shareholders, we invite you to Pick. Click. Give. when you complete your 2020 Alaska PFD application. Already submitted your application? It’s easy to log back in and add a Pick. Click. Give. contribution.

You can also give by:

  • Mailing a check. Make it out to Doyon Foundation and send to 615 Bidwell Ave., Suite 101, Fairbanks, AK 99701.

Thank you for your support of Doyon Foundation and the students and languages we serve!