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Strong roots connect us to our well-being”

Jennifer with Great Aunt Elizabeth Fleagle

Jennifer with her great-aunt, Dr. Elizabeth Fleagle

Originally from the Interior community of Allakaket on the Koyukuk River, Jennifer Adams is the daughter of the late Bob Maguire of Chelan, Washington, and the late Cora (Moses) Maguire of Allakaket. Jennifer’s maternal grandparents are Johnson Bergman Moses of Allakaket and the late Bertha (Nictune) Moses of Alatna. Other family include Jennifer’s great-aunt, Dr. Elizabeth Fleagle, a sister of Bertha Moses.

Jennifer is director of the Juneau-based Small Business Development Center, a unit within the Alaska Small Business Development Center, University of Alaska Anchorage. A Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, Jennifer graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor’s degree in 2004 and a master’s of business administration in 2013. Her languages are Denaakk’e, spoken by Koyukon Alaska Native people, and Inupiaq, spoken by Inupiaq Alaska Native people.

Jennifer was a child when her father began introducing her to Inupiaq and Koyukon Athabascan. A non-Native teacher who came to Alaska straight out of college to teach at rural schools, Bob eventually arrived at Allakaket and met Cora, Jennifer’s mother.

Bob immersed himself in Koyukon and Athabascan cultures and in the lifestyles of Allakaket and Alatna. From his father-in-law, Johnson Moses, Bob learned Koyukon Athabascan vocabulary; his mother-in-law, Bertha Nictune Moses, taught him Inupiaq words. Jennifer grew up hearing her father readily incorporate both languages in everyday life.

“He’d say, ‘Wipe your nuvuk,’ (‘boogers,’ in Inupiaq) or ‘You have a big chaga,’ (‘stomach,’ in Koyukon Athabascan),” Jennifer says. And while Episcopal missionaries arriving in the early 1900s taught Jennifer’s parents not to speak their languages – and to not pass them on to their children – Jennifer’s mother went on to learn to speak Koyukon Athabascan as adult after studying at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Jennifer was enrolled in a fifth-grade bilingual Inupiaq class at Shugnak while her mother completed student teaching at a local school.

Jennifer believes that reconnecting Indigenous people to their culture and languages promotes a healthy society. And though her home in Juneau is far from people who speak her Native languages, Jennifer retains her connection by taking part in programs, including the He ‘ lelo Ola Hilo Field Study Conference in Hilo, Hawaii, in 2017.

“The conference was vital to learning about language immersion programs,” she says. Knowledge gained there led her to write a $1.6 million grant awarded to the Fairbanks Native Association for a Koyukon Athabascan classroom immersion program for preschoolers.

Her plans include continuing to research and write grants and enrolling in language courses in Inupiaq and Koyukon Athabascan. She also serves on Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization committee and was elected to the Foundation board of directors in November 2019.

“I’d like to thank Doyon Foundation and any other organizations that are instrumental in language learning programs,” she says. She knows from her own childhood that one of the best ways to acquire language is to use it in everyday settings.

“Language connects me to my culture,” Jennifer says. “It’s important to learn and preserve language knowledge so we have strong roots that connect us to our well-being.”

About Doyon Languages Online

Through the Doyon Language Online project, Doyon Foundation is developing introductory online lessons for Holikachuk, Denaakk’e (Koyukon), Benhti Kenaga’ (Lower Tanana), Hän, Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in), Deg Xinag, Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim), Nee’anděg’ (Tanacross) and Née’aaneegn’ (Upper Tanana). The project officially launched in summer 2019 with the first four courses, now available for free to all interested learners.

Doyon Languages Online is funded by a three-year grant from the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), awarded in 2016, and an additional three-year grant from the Alaska Native Education Program (ANEP), awarded in 2017.

As Doyon Foundation continues to grow our language revitalization efforts in the Doyon region, we believe it is important to recognize people who are committed to learning and perpetuating their ancestral language. We are pleased to share some of these “language champion” profiles with you.

If you know a language champion, please nominate him or her by contacting our language program director at foundation@doyon.com. Language champions may also complete our profile questionnaire here. You may learn more about our language revitalization program on our website, or sign up to access the free Doyon Languages Online courses here.

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 www.doyonfoundation.com or contact foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

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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 foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

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Did you graduate this year? Or are you expecting to graduate in academic year 2018 – 2019? If so, tell us all about it so we can help you celebrate!

We are asking all Doyon Foundation students who are graduating during the 2018 – 2019 school year to complete a short graduate information request form. THE DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, MAY 24.

We’ll feature the information you share in our popular annual graduate yearbook! Check out the 2018 graduate yearbook on our website.

This is our opportunity to celebrate all of your hard work and accomplishments! So please take a few moments now to fill out our graduate questionnaire.

Thank you and congratulations!

The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education currently needs 73 volunteers to participate in college & career panels for the Kids2College program – a partnership activity with the University of Alaska College Savings Plan. In addition to standard volunteer recruitment, we also seek panelists with connections to living/working in rural Alaska for virtual panels connecting with rural schools from our Anchorage office.

In addition to a few remaining Anchorage schools, we have panels scheduled for schools from the following regions: Aleut, Calista, Doyon, and NANA.

Would you or someone you know be interested in and available to help inspire young Alaskans with college and career stories?

Sign Up TODAY: https://surveymonkey.com/r/K2C_VolunteerCareerPanel (This online link includes the most up to date availabilities.)

Talk with 5th & 6th grade students about your own educational and career experiences as part of a 3-5 person career panel. We provide volunteers with guiding questions and tips and ask panelists to speak for 5-10 minutes to the class, then be available for Q&A at the end of the panel. Early dates and schools are listed below. Total time commitment is 1 hour, 15min.

Check out our 5-minute video & Career Panel Toolbox at: www.acpe.alaska.gov/Kids2College.

Volunteers will not be responsible for speaking during the entire block of time. Please sign up online and help inspire Anchorage youth today! Spread the word and share with your friends & colleagues!

Help Inspire Young Alaskans to pursue higher education!

Volunteer Shifts in Anchorage & *Virtual Panels at ACPE for rural schools*

DATE TIME SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Tues., Mar. 19 12:45pm – 2:00pm Sand Point
*virtual panel at ACPE*
4
Wed., Mar. 20 9:15am – 11:30am Chester Valley Elementary
1751 Patterson Dr.
1
Wed., Mar. 20 1:00pm – 2:15pm Chester Valley Elementary
1751 Patterson Dr.
3
Thurs., Mar. 21 1:15pm – 2:30pm Talkeetna Elementary
*virtual panel at ACPE*
1
Fri., Mar. 22 1:45pm – 3:00pm Creekside Park Elementary
7500 E. 6th Ave.
5
Mon., Mar. 25 1:25pm – 2:00pm Alaska Gateway Schools
(Dot Lake, Tanacross, Tetlin, Northway)
*virtual panel at ACPE*
4
Wed., Mar. 27 9:45am – 11:00am Fairview Elementary
1327 Nelchina St.
2
Mon., Apr. 1 1:15pm – 2:30pm Ruby
*virtual panel at ACPE*
4
Tues., Apr. 2 8:45am – 10:00am Tuluksak
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
Wed., Apr. 3 9:45am – 11:00am Nunapitchuk
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
Wed., Apr. 3 1:45pm – 3:00pm Tok
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
Tues., Apr. 9 9:15am – 10:30am Bowman Elementary
11700 Gregory Dr.
5
Wed., Apr. 10 1:15pm – 2:30pm Atmautluak
*virtual panel at ACPE*
4
Thurs., Apr. 11 9:15am – 11:30am Chevak School
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5-10
Tues., Apr. 16 8:45am – 10:00am Akiuk
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
Wed., Apr. 17 9:45am – 11:00am Akula
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
Wed., Apr. 17 1:45pm – 3:00pm Takotna
*virtual panel at ACPE*
1
Fri., Apr. 19 9:25am – 11:45am Petersburg
*virtual panel at ACPE*
1
Fri., Apr. 19 12:45 – 2:00pm Akiak School
*virtual panel at ACPE*
1
Fri., Apr. 19 2:15pm – 3:30pm Kobuk
*virtual panel at ACPE*
3
Fri., Apr. 26 1:45pm – 3:00pm Kuspuk River Schools
(Chuathbaluk, Stony River, Sleetmute, Crooked Creek)
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
TBD TBD Deering
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5
TBD TBD Quinhagak
*virtual panel at ACPE*
5

Thank you in advance for your assistance!

Shelly Morgan, K-12 Specialist

Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education
800 East Dimond Blvd., Ste. 200
Anchorage, AK 99515
907-269-7972 wk
800-441-2962 toll free (Option 4)
907-269-7991 fax
907-301-3448 cell

shelly.morgan
https://www.acpe.alaska.gov
http://65by2025.org
https://www.facebook.com/followacpe/
https://www.facebook.com/iknowicanak/

Promoting access to and success in education and career training beyond high school.

 

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This Thursday, February 21 in Fairbanks

 

Join Doyon Foundation for our spring student dinner in Fairbanks this Thursday, February 21! The event takes place from 4 – 6 p.m. at the Doyon Industrial Facility, 615 Bidwell Ave., in the first floor classroom. If you please to attend, please RSVP here.

Gift Baskets

Join us for delicious food and door prizes!

We’ll have delicious food as well as door prizes, networking and words from our alumni speakers: Selina Sam, as well as our very own language revitalization program director, Allan Hayton!

All Doyon Foundation students, alumni, family, friends and other supporters are welcome to attend this free event. RSVP here.

Are you a Foundation alumni? If so, please consider bringing a door prize donation or a dish to share. Let us know what you can bring when you RSVP.

We look forward to seeing you!

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THE STUDENT DINNER, SCHEDULED FOR SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, IN ANCHORAGE, HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO THE EARTHQUAKE. OUR THOUGHTS ARE WITH EVERYONE AFFECTED BY THE QUAKE. 

Join Doyon Foundation for a student dinner in Anchorage on Saturday, December 1! The evening begins at 5 p.m. in Room 106 at the Gorsuch Commons at the University of Alaska Anchorage. If you please to attend, please RSVP here.

We’ll have delicious food as well as a holiday-themed beadwork craft activity and door prizes!

All Doyon Foundation students, alumni, family, friends and other supporters are welcome to attend this free event. RSVP here.

Are you a Foundation alumni? If so, please consider bringing a door prize donation or a dish to share. Let us know what you can bring when you RSVP.

A special thank you to Foundation alumni for organizing this special event for our Anchorage-area students. We look forward to seeing you!

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