Doyon Foundation Events

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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 or 907.459.2048.

62_MTMGC Promotion_FB-INThe 2019 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic, themed “Tee Up for Scholars,” will take place Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14, at Chena Bend Golf Course on Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska.

Doyon Foundation established the Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic in honor of the late Morris Thompson, an avid supporter of education who served as the president/CEO of Doyon, Limited from 1985 until his passing in 2000. Read more about Thompson and the memorial fundraising event on the Foundation website.

The event raises money for Doyon Foundation’s Morris Thompson competitive scholarships, which are awarded to students who exhibit Thompson’s most-admirable qualities, including vision, dedication to excellence, exemplary leadership and integrity. Since inception of the event, the Foundation has awarded 202 Morris Thompson memorial competitive scholarships totaling $479,180.

Current scholarship recipients, who received awards ranging from $5,000 – $9,000 for the 2018 – 2019 academic year, include:

  • Cory LePore
  • Noah Lovell
  • Cole Mackie
  • Gage Mackie
  • Stephen Matthew
  • Ryan Michel
  • Megan Patsy
  • Annie Sanford
  • Janelle Solbos
  • Gavin Jackon
  • Jayne Martin

Cory“(Doyon Foundation scholarships) freed up so much of my time and stress by allowing me not to have to work full time and go to school. I was able to just take my classes and focus on school,” shared Cory LePore, of Bethel, who is working on his master’s degree in economics at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, and expects to graduate in 2020.

Sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2019 event. To learn more:

For more information or to get involved, contact 459-2000 (in Fairbanks), 1-888-478-4755 (toll-free) or To learn more about the event, visit the Foundation website.


Speakers of the endangered Nee’aanèegn’ (Upper Tanana) language gathered together in Tok, Alaska, in early January 2019 to develop content for an online course to teach individuals interested in learning the language and preserving it for future generations. The workshop was organized and hosted by Doyon Foundation.

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The Alaska Native language of Nee’aanèegn’ is spoken mainly in the Alaska villages of Northway, Tetlin and Tok, but has a small population also across the border in Canada.

The course is part of the Foundation’s Doyon Languages Online (DLO) project, which is developing and publishing a total of 224 online language-learning lessons for the endangered Doyon region languages of Nee’anděg’ (Tanacross), Née’aaneegn’ (Upper Tanana), Deg Xinag and Dinak’i (Upper Kuskokwim). Ultimately, there will be 10 units consisting of a total of 56 essential lessons for each language. Courses will be available through the Transparent Languages Online platform, in partnership with the Alaska Gateway and Iditarod Area school districts. The DLO project is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education Alaska Native Education Program.

During the focused, closed session, the team reviewed materials created over the last several months, and completed drafts of remaining materials for the course.

The workshop drew speakers from across Alaska and as far away as Canada. DLO content creators Cheryl Silas and Polly Hyslop helped facilitate the workshop. Elders Roy Sam, Avis Sam and Cora Demit were also in attendance, along with Rowena Sam. Ruth Johnny and David Johnny drove in from across the border in Beaver Creek. Linguist Olga Lovick traveled from Regina, Saskatchewan, to help with eliciting, editing and proofreading lessons.

“I’m really happy with the work that we got done here and for all the love and effort that our Elders, content creators, and community members put into these courses,” said Diloola Erickson, Doyon Languages Online II project manager. “I feel very blessed and honored to be a part of this process and I look forward to continued work on our languages.”

A follow-up gathering focused on recording of the lessons with Elders will follow in the spring.

For more information on Doyon Languages Online, visit or contact Diloola Erickson at or 907.459.2058.

New location, noteworthy speakers, Native dance and regalia at 2019 event


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Doyon Foundation’s 2019 Graduate Reception is shaping up to be bigger and better than ever, with alumni speakers Aaron and Ethan Schutt, Elder speaker and honorary doctorate recipient Rev. Anna Frank, 2019 graduates dressed in Native regalia, and a performance by the Troth Yeddha’ dance group! This year’s event also has a beautiful new location – the festivities will be held at the Doyon, Limited Chiefs Court in Fairbanks on Friday, May 10 at 2 p.m.

The annual event is held each spring to celebrate the hard work and incredible accomplishments of Foundation scholarship recipients who are at the end of one important journey and getting ready to start on the next.

We are honored to have brothers Aaron and Ethan Schutt as our alumni speakers. Aaron serves as the president and CEO of Doyon, Limited, and Ethan is the chief of staff at the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. We are very proud of their accomplishments, and look forward to the words of wisdom they will have to share!

We will also hear from special Elder speaker Rev. Anna Frank, who received an honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Anna has worked with Tanana Chiefs Conference and as an ordained minister for many years. She is also the second Chief of Denakkanaaga, Inc., sits on the Alaska Commission on Aging, and was recently named Elder Advisor for Fairbanks Native Association.

The reception will also feature an inspiring address from a graduate speaker, as well as graduate introductions, and refreshments.

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.

We hope you’ll join us at this very special event. If you plan to attend, please RSVP with your name and the number of people attending to or 907.459.2048.

Students graduating this year are encouraged to complete our short graduate information request form by Monday, May 6. We’ll feature the information you share in our popular annual graduate yearbook! Check out the 2018 graduate yearbook on our website.

Anchorage Area Students,

Doyon Foundation will be at the College/Career Fair held at the Alaska Native Heritage Center on March 12th.

We hope to see you there!

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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!


From all of us here at Doyon Foundation, we wish you a safe and happy holiday.
Our office will be closed Monday, December 24, and Tuesday, December 25, as we celebrate the holidays with our friends and families.
Merry Christmas!
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Merry Christmas from the Doyon Foundation family: Jenna, Flo, Diloola, Allan, Doris, Jennifer and Nathan

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