August 2020

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Apply by October 9, 2020

Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for three open seats on its board of directors. The seats are for three-year terms, expiring in 2023. The deadline to apply is Friday, October 9, 2020, at 5 p.m. The online application is available at

“I serve on the Doyon Foundation board to give back to the organization and my community,” shared LaVerne Demientieff, who serves as vice president of the Foundation board. “I received numerous scholarships from Doyon Foundation during my many years of schooling and I am extremely grateful for their support. I also am an educator and work closely with students and I want to advocate and support them the best I can and Doyon Foundation aligns with this goal nicely.”


Candidates seeking election to the Doyon Foundation board must be:

  • A Doyon, Limited shareholder
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Familiar with the Foundation’s vision, goals, mission and purpose
  • Committed to carrying out the roles and responsibilities of a board member, which are detailed below

Doyon Foundation is specifically interested in candidates with experience in accounting, higher education, information technology, language revitalization, nonprofit governance and operations, portfolio management, vocational education, and/or workforce development. While these skills are preferred, candidates are not required to have experience in these areas, and all qualified and interested candidates are encouraged to apply. Additionally, candidates residing in a rural community within the Doyon region are especially encouraged to apply. Please note that, as some board work is conducted remotely, computer and online access is strongly encouraged.

“I think it is important to give back to the organization that provided scholarships that enabled me to finish both of my degrees while I was a single mom,” shared Jennifer Adams, Foundation board member. “I most enjoy the development of Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization programs. Doyon Foundation is doing important work to preserve our Native languages, which in turn helps us preserve our cultural knowledge. Preserving and furthering our cultural knowledge helps us all be healthy Native people who are grounded, healthy, proud and strong.”

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.

Role and Responsibilities

The role of a Doyon Foundation board member includes:

  • Defining and overseeing the Foundation mission and keeping it relevant to the needs of our community
  • Approving programs and services and monitoring their effectiveness
  • Providing strategic guidance to the organization and the executive director
  • Ensuring financial solvency and helping raise resources
  • Selecting, supporting and annually evaluating the executive director
  • Ensuring continuous board improvement
  • Upholding the mission, vision and values of the Foundation
  • Contributing skills that help the Foundation make progress on planning
  • Consistently working toward and producing 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

Foundation board members commit to:

  • Attend quarterly board meetings
  • Participate in the board’s annual retreat
  • Help to organize and participate in a staff recognition event
  • Attend the annual membership meeting
  • Participate in at least one board training event and an annual evaluation to identify ways in which the board can improve its performance
  • Serve on two board committees (standing or ad hoc)
  • Complete committee and board work outside of meetings
  • Represent the Foundation at various events
  • Speak on behalf of the Foundation at events, if asked
  • Make an annual personal gift that is meaningful and significant
  • Understand the board member roles and responsibilities and become sufficiently knowledgeable about the organization and its operations to make informed decisions
  • Read the materials sent to the board and come prepared to board and committee meetings
  • Arrive at meetings on time and stay for the full agenda, unless the board or committee chair has been notified in advance
  • Ask for clarification on any matters or material, as needed, before making a decision
  • Listen carefully to other board members and staff with an open mind and an objective perspective
  • Actively work toward decisions and solutions that are in the organization’s best interests
  • Respect the confidentiality of the board’s business
  • Make an effort to regularly check in with the executive director
  • Read the board manual and be familiar with its contents
  • Commit to one of three optional responsibilities, including volunteering at a Foundation fundraising or outreach event; being an ambassador and speaking at a community engagement; or attending a Foundation-hosted event

“I love the mission of the organization,” Demientieff said. “It aligns with my goals to increase individual, family and community well-being. I also am grateful to be a part of decision-making processes that are based on our traditional values and ways of life.”

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.

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 social media channels, including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn, prior to submitting an application.

The deadline to apply is Friday, October 9, 2020, at 5 p.m.  

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

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Complete our short survey to be entered to win

Are you Doyon Foundation alumni? If you’ve received a Doyon Foundation scholarship in the past, we want to hear from you! Please take a couple minutes to complete our short alumni survey.

As a thank you for your time, all alumni who respond by Friday, September 25 at 5 p.m. will be entered in a random drawing to win one of the following prizes:

Your participation will help us understand where our alumni are today and how your education helped you get where you are now. It also allows us to connect with our alumni and stay in touch on Foundation news and opportunities to engage and support current and future students.

As part of the survey, you will have the opportunity to sign up for text and/or email updates from the Foundation, and connect with us on social media. You can also choose if you would like to participate in an upcoming alumni profile, which are featured on our website, blog and social media channels.

We look forward to hearing from our alumni, and thank you in advance for taking our alumni survey and sharing it with other alumni you know!

The Alaska Policy Frontiers course through UAA College of Business and Public Policy is offered online and can be taken by anyone anywhere in Alaska. It is a graduate course but I waivers are provided for undergraduates. No class will be more than four hours long in the new format. This class, taught by Willie Hensley, provides a panoramic picture of Alaska’s history, economics and cultures moving from the Russian Era to the American period and into the modern challenges in energy, mining, state fiscal policy, boarding schools, CDQ fisheries, Native land claims and pipeline operations. It is also approved for the Alaska history/culture requirement for new teachers so this gives them an option to take it during the school year and not have to give up time in our short summers!

For information and registration assistance, call 786-4171 or email

APF Syllabus Fall 2020 temp.docx

Flyer- Alaska Policy Frontiers Fall 2020 Final.docx



Meet the Doyon Foundation Class of 2020 in our interactive 2020 Graduate Yearbook! We also invite you to join us in congratulating this year’s graduates by commenting on Facebook or Instagram and tagging #DFGradLove.



Our August 2020 Native word of the month features phrases that celebrate the bounty of the upcoming fall season in Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross) and Deg Xinag. Tsín’ęę, dogidinh, thank you to our speakers Irene Arnold Solomon and Edna Deacon.

Tanacross photo


Noxłuu de jah jeg tniitsiig’. = Fall time is when the blueberries ripe. (Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’/Tanacross)



Speaker: Irene Arnold Solomon


Deg Xinag

Lighan ilax tux niłyagh vitux gidendlningh. = Silver salmon come when blueberries are beginning to ripen. (Deg Xinag)


Speaker: Edna Deacon


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!