February 2020


Tuesday, March 3rd from 10am to 2pm


Doyon Chiefs Court, 1 Doyon Place, Fairbanks, AK 99701


Learn more about Doyon/ARAMARK’s summer employment opportunities in Denali National Park and Preserve.

Positions available include:

Reservation agents, cultural interpreters, bus washers, retail associates, clean team members, food service workers and more.

DKH Headshot 6Doyon Foundation is pleased to welcome Dewey Kk’ołeyo Putyuk Hoffman as our new Doyon Languages Online project manager. In this role, Dewey is responsible for the coordination and completion of the Doyon Languages Online project, which has been in development for the past three years.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for the Doyon Languages Online project, which we launched last summer with the roll-out of the first four online language-learning courses in Holikachuk, Gwich’inDenaakk’e and Benhti Kenaga’,” said Doris Miller, Foundation executive director. “We are thrilled to welcome Dewey, who is a previous Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient and active advocate for culture, education and language.”

“There was great work completed by the Doyon Languages Online team prior to my joining Doyon Foundation. I look forward to building upon that work and seeing the project through to its successful completion,” said Dewey, adding that they are currently working to complete a fifth language course, Hän, which is the language spoken in Eagle, Alaska, and across the Canadian border in Moosehide and Dawson City, Yukon Territory.

A Doyon Foundation alumnus, Dewey received basic and competitive scholarships during his undergraduate and graduate studies program between 2004 and 2019. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College in 2009, and a master’s in education from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2019.

Dewey’s education and career demonstrate his strong interest in positive youth development through cultural education, which is in line with his lifelong love of language learning and cultural exchange across the world. Prior to joining Doyon Foundation full time in 2020, Dewey was a content creator for the Denaakk’e course through Doyon Languages Online, as well as a community partner who helped host language-related gatherings in Fairbanks and Anchorage. He was a preschool teacher in Fairbanks Native Association’s Denaakk’e Head Start Classroom, the Indigenous leadership continuum director at First Alaskans Institute, and development manager at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. He is also the owner of Hoozoonh, a consulting business offering services in curriculum design, strategic planning, meeting facilitation and other special projects.

“I want to learn more about hands-on language planning, and work with the Interior Native communities to carry forward the vision of one people many languages,” he said. “Our Indigenous languages are extremely important and useful. Nogheedeno’! It is coming back to life!”

The Doyon Foundation office will be closed on Monday, February 17 in observance of Presidents’ Day. We’ll be back in on Tuesday, February 18. Wishing you all a safe and enjoyable long weekend!

This event is open to 7th – 12th graders looking for insight into future careers. The career fair is on February 12, 2020 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. at the Alaska Laborers Training School in Fairbanks. Representatives of the following professions are: accounting, finance, information technology, oil field services, engineering, lands and mapping, power and water/waste water, along with the laborers, operators, teamsters, IBEW and plumber and pipefitter unions.


Winter Ravens, Allan Hayton

Winter ravens; photo by Allan Hayton

We are pleased to share our February 2020 Native words of the month! Thank you to Kenneth Frank and Caroline Tritt-Frank for providing these Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in) translations:

Gwiink’oo = Cold 

Kenneth: Vashrąįį K’oo gwa’an gwiink’oo? = Is it cold around Arctic Village?


Caroline: Aaha’, gwiintsal gwiink’oo. = Yes, it is a little cold.


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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Apply for a $5,000 grant from Doyon Foundation

Do you have an idea for a language revitalization project focusing on the languages in the Doyon region? Apply for an Our Language grant from Doyon Foundation!

In a continuing effort to revitalize the endangered Native languages of the Doyon region, Doyon Foundation will award grants of up to $5,000 to support language revitalization efforts. Applications for the 2020 Our Language grants are due Friday, May 1, at 5 p.m. Download the application in Word here, or download a PDF application packet here. You can also help spread the word by sharing our updated flyer.

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 for an Our Language grant.

Grant proposals must include a project description and timeline; plan for language documentation; project budget; completed community language survey; letter of support from village council or tribal office; and community language plan (optional). Each awardee agrees to schedule two mandatory project check-ins, and submit a final report at the end of their project.

The 10 ancestral languages of the Doyon region are all severely to critically endangered, and will be lost within the span of a few generations if no action is taken. These languages are Nee’aanèegn’ (Upper Tanana), Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross), Hän, Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in), Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim), Denaakk’e (Koyukon), Deg Xinag, Benhti Kokhut’ana Kenaga (Lower Tanana), Holikachuk, and Inupiaq.

Doyon, Limited established the language grant program in 2012, and the Doyon Foundation language revitalization program now manages the grant program. Last year, the Foundation awarded nine grants totaling $50,000 to support projects including archiving digital recordings, creating language-learning opportunities and materials, organizing language parent groups, developing community language revitalization programs, hosting language-learning courses, translating materials, and creating interactive video lessons. Read more about the 2019 grant recipients on the Foundation blog.

Download the application in Word here, or download a PDF application packet here. For additional information, contact Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

One of the world’s largest sources of funding for graduate women, AAUW is providing $4.3 million in funding for fellowships and grants to 270 outstanding women and nonprofit organizations in the 2019–20 academic year. Due to the longstanding, generous contributions of AAUW members, a broader community of women continues to gain access to educational and economic opportunities — breaking through barriers so that all women have a fair chance.

Fellowship and grant recipients perform research in a wide range of disciplines and work to improve their schools and communities. Their intellect, dedication, imagination, and effort promise to forge new paths in scholarship, improve the quality of life for all, and tackle the educational and social barriers facing women worldwide. AAUW seeks a diverse applicant pool.

See more about the grant and fellowship opportunities by clicking here.

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Apply for a summer basic scholarship by March 16

Even though it’s still dark and cold, we have summer on our minds here at Doyon Foundation – summer scholarships, that is!

Our summer basic scholarship application period is now open, and students planning to attend classes this summer are encouraged to apply online. Applications must be received by Monday, March 16 at 11:59 p.m. Remember that our basic scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so get your application in early!

Part-time students are eligible to receive an $800 basic scholarship and full-time students can receive a $1,200 basic scholarship. Students can be studying a wide range of fields, including vocational areas of study.

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

To apply for a summer basic scholarship, you will need to submit:

Remember, official transcripts only need to be submitted once per academic year (which runs August through July). That means:

  • If you didn’t receive a spring 2020 scholarship, then you need to submit official transcripts by the March 16
  • If you’re a “returning” student (meaning you received a fall 2019 and spring 2020 scholarship), you can submit unofficial transcripts. We know you won’t have transcripts for the spring semester by March 16, so the deadline for you to submit them is May 13, 2020.

Be sure to log in to your student account before the scholarship application deadline to check that you have submitted all the required materials.

Check out our scholarship resource handbook for all the details on transcripts, eligibility and application requirements. If you have any questions or need assistance, contact us at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

Set goals, reach out for help and take time for yourself”

131_Student_Linda_FB-INLinda Folger is the daughter of Bernadette Roberts and Andrew Folger of Tanana, where Linda was raised. Her maternal grandparents are the late Josephine and Lawrence Roberts of Tanana. Linda’s paternal grandparents are Elizabeth and the late James “Roy” Folger of Tanana.

A student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF), Linda is pursuing a master’s degree in education with a specialization in clinical mental health counseling. The degree draws on mental health therapy to help people develop practical solutions to life challenges.

Linda understands students who are uncertain what they want to do in life. “I struggled for years to find what I wanted to do career-wise,” she said. “But when I found it, everything seemed to fall into place.”

A turning point came when Linda enrolled in a psychology class as an undergraduate at UAF. Coursework came easily. “Because of all the strong role models I’d had growing up, I knew I wanted to work with children,” she said. She became interested in the mental health needs of children and went on to earn an undergraduate degree at UAF in psychology with an interdisciplinary minor in Alaska Native community health.

Linda credits her Doyon Foundation scholarship for relieving much of the worry over tuition and other costs so that she could focus on succeeding in her classes.

“School can be very demanding,” she said. “I learned early on to reach out for help. Doyon Foundation has helped me by always giving support when needed.” She has received Doyon Foundation scholarships each semester since her freshman year in 2012.

A believer in the power of goal setting, Linda is working full time while attending UAF part time with an eye on graduating with her master’s in education in 2021. She is a family advocate and child forensic interviewer at Stevie’s Place, within the Fairbanks-based Resource Center for Parents and Children.

After earning her master’s degree, Linda plans to obtain a certificate in children’s mental health and become licensed as a professional counselor. The field requires graduate credits in counseling as well as supervised experience and passing scores on a national exam. “Until then, I plan to continue working as an advocate in the community,” she said.

Her goal is to serve in areas where mental health resources to relieve trauma are limited: “Becoming a licensed professional counselor is important to me because I’ve seen firsthand the needs of children and adolescents.”

She volunteers with a local reading program for children as well as with United Way and Kinross, a Resource Center supporter and operator of a Fairbanks-area gold mine. When she’s not working or studying, Linda enjoys reading, watching scary movies and spending time with her dog.

“I know many people are aware of the term ‘self care’ and may even brush it off or ignore it,” she said. “No matter what the term means to you, remember to take for yourself.”