Doyon Foundation Events

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Doyon Foundation 2017 spring student dinner! Nearly 50 guests, including students, alumni and donors, enjoyed the event, which took place February 10 in Fairbanks. View more event photos on Facebook.

We were especially honored to welcome our special guests, including Al Sr. and Betty Ketzler; Foundation board president Lanien Livingston, vice president Paul Mountain, new member LaVerne Demientieff; and Doyon, Limited chair Walter “Wally” Carlo.

The menu included fish strips, half dried and baked salmon, moose soup, a salmon casserole, cupcakes and blueberry dessert, contributed by Paul Mountain, Doris Miller, Maurine McGinty, Susan Paskvan, Lessa Peter and LaVerne Demientieff.

In addition to the meal, we had a Valentine’s Day card-making table, and Susan Paskvan led a paper/rock/scissors game in Denaakk’e!

As if the delicious food and fun activities weren’t enough, many guests went home as winners of some fabulous door prizes, including:

  • Woman’s fleece sweater
  • Coffee mug and $25 Starbucks gift card
  • Star Wars movie basket
  • Valentine’s baking basket
  • Fleece blanket
  • Round-trip ticket on Ravn Alaska
  • Beaded key chain and cardholder, donated by alumnus Allan Hayton
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Social Work gift bags filled with coffee mugs, candy, notepads and more, donated by board member LaVerne Demientieff
  • $25 Fred Meyer gift card, donated by alumna Sheryl Meierotto

We were thrilled with the wonderful turnout at our spring student dinner, and can’t wait for the fall event! Keep an eye on our website, blog and Facebook page, or subscribe to our email list, for details on future events – we hope to see you there!

Get your questions answered – February 9 and 10

Planning to apply for an Our Language grant from Doyon Foundation? Have questions? If so, mark your calendar for one of these upcoming informational teleconferences:

  • Thursday, February 9, 3:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 10, 11 a.m.

We’ll explain the process, provide tips and there will be plenty of time to ask questions.

To participate, join the teleconference on the appropriate day and time using the following information:

          Toll-free phone number: 1.800.315.6338

          PIN: 556677

Remember – the deadline to submit a proposal for a $5,000 language revitalization grant is Friday, February 24, 2017, at 5 p.m.

Applications and more information is available at, or contact Sommer Stickman, Doyon Foundation administrative assistant, at or 907.459.2048.

You are invited to the Doyon Foundation spring student dinner on Friday, February 10 at 5:30 p.m. The festivities take place in the Doyon Industrial Facility cafeteria located at 615 Bidwell Avenue in Fairbanks.

Here are five great reasons to mark your calendar to attend:

  • Delicious dinner!
  • Valentine’s Day-themed crafts!
  • Door prizes, including one round-trip ticket with Ravn Alaska!
  • Meet and greet with the Doyon Foundation board members!
  • It’s fun and it’s free!

Planning to attend? Please RSVP to Sommer Stickman at or 907.459.2048.

Alumni, if you would like to bring a dish to share, please mention what you are bringing in your RSVP.

The Doyon Foundation fall student dinner was a success! Nearly 30 students, alumni, staff, special guests including Al Ketzler, Sr. and Foundation board member Joshua Peter, and other guests attended the event on October 25 at the Doyon Industrial Facility in Fairbanks.

Dinner guests enjoyed homemade bread rolls and moose soup, as well as an array of tempting desserts. Several guests went home with door prizes including a movie gift basket, fleece blanket and $25 Barnes and Noble gift card, a holiday popcorn tin, Halloween candy set, Regal Cinemas package for two, Hydz t-shirts and ViVi jewelry sets.

A special thank you to student Suki Merica for donating cupcakes, alumna Janis Carney for donating the ViVi jewelry sets, and Tanana Chiefs Conference education coordinator Blanch Murphy for donating the Hydz t-shirts.

See event photos on Facebook, and watch the Foundation website and Facebook for details on upcoming events!

Language learners from the communities of Rampart and Tanana came together for a five-day Denaakk’e workshop at the Rampart Community Hall July 11 – 15, 2016. The goal of the workshop, which was funded in part by an Our Language grant from Doyon Foundation, was for learners to be able to introduce themselves in Denaakk’e. Participants also learned common greetings and traditional place names. Each learner made a book of nouns and book of verbs in order to use the content in different combinations to create new and complete sentences.

Patty Elias, Faith Peters and Helen Peters traveled from Tanana to Rampart, joining Mary Ann Wiehl, Paul Evans, Jr., Brittany Woods-Orrison, Brook Wright, Frank Yaska, Liyana Woods, Ariyah Woods, Darian Woods, Ian Woods, Tristan Woods, David Wiehl, Jr., Janet Woods, Jennifer Wiehl, Sandy Cummings, Georgianna Lincoln, Toni Mallot, Joni Newman, Natalie Newman, Dee Wiehl, Fayleen Peters and Yavonne Woods, and the most important person of all, Rosemary Wiehl, who was hired as the cook for the week. In all, 25 people participated throughout the week.

Participants learned introductions, kinship terms, common expressions, verb conjugations, family trees, and traditional place names. A song was also created for Tanana Chiefs Conference Tobacco Prevention Program. The song will be featured in a play written by Frank Yaska, which will be touring six villages this school year.

During the workshop, Elder and teacher Helen Peters worked with everyone on how to make the sounds needed to speak correctly. A big highlight was a 4-year-old participant introducing herself, who her parents are, and that she lives in Rampart.

The workshop culminated in a community gathering where everyone enjoyed a meal of moose soup, king salmon, salads, fry bread and cake. The group held an overview of the week and selected what was to be incorporated in interactive books. They also developed a language plan to be used in the school this year, and have plans to meet monthly and practice their language to continue this revitalization effort.

For more information on the Our Language grants or Doyon Foundation’s language revitalization program, please visit or contact Allan Hayton at or 907.459.2162.

Doyon Foundation hosted the 2016 scholarship award ceremony on September 9 at the Doyon Industrial Facility in Fairbanks, Alaska. Approximately 50 people attended, including 11 scholarship recipients as well as special guests Walter “Wally” Carlo, Dr. Al Ketzer and Geri Simon. View event photos on the Foundation’s Facebook page.

student-photo-boothDuring the ceremony, the Foundation awarded $447,600 in basic and competitive scholarships to 296 students – a $105,600 increase from 2015! The awards included 72 competitive scholarships totaling more than $204,500, which is three times more than the previous year.

Allan Hayton, the Foundation’s language revitalization program director, began the event with an opening prayer. He was then joined by the Foundation’s executive director, Doris Miller, who shared exciting news about a three-year, $900,000 grant from the Administration for Native Americans to benefit the Doyon Languages Online program.samantha-ervin

The audience then heard from alumni speaker, Samantha Smith Ervin, who graduated in spring 2011 from the University of New Mexico with a doctor of pharmacy. See a video of Samantha’s address on the Foundation’s YouTube channel.brooke

Following Samantha was student speaker Brooke Wright, a sophomore at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she is pursuing an associate’s degree in tribal management. Brooke’s speech is also available on the Foundation’s YouTube channel.

The scholarship recipients in attendance then had the opportunity to introduce themselves, and each student shared a touching story about his or her school

Doyon Foundation will host the 2016 Scholarship Award Ceremony next Friday, September 9 at 2 p.m. The event, which celebrates the Foundation’s 296 fall scholarship recipients, will take place at the Doyon Industrial Facility cafeteria at 615 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks, Alaska. Guests are asked to RSVP to

Scholarship recipients group photo

2015 Scholarship Award Ceremony

This fall, the Foundation will award a total of $447,600 in scholarships, which is $105,600 more than last year. The fall 2016 awards include 72 competitive scholarships totaling $204,500 – that is three times more than in 2015!

In addition to presenting the scholarship recipients, the ceremony will also feature a welcome from the Foundation’s executive director, alumni speaker Samantha Ervin, student speaker Brooke Wright, and refreshments.

Students, family, friends, teachers, donors and other supporters are invited and encouraged to attend.

Planning to be there? Please RSVP to

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