Native American Heritage Month Series

Our last events for Native American Heritage Month will take place after Thanksgiving Break. Here’s the schedule:

Traditional Inuit Tattoos – Tuesday 11/28 from 1-2:00pm

Marjorie Tahbone shares her research and practice of traditional knowledge among Inuit cultures.

Visiting Elder – Tuesday 11/28 from 5:30-6:30pm

Join Ruth Biden for coffee and conversation. Ruth was born and raised in Utqiaġvik and now lives in Fairbanks, AK.

Storytelling Hour – Thursday 11/30 from 9-10:00am

Start your morning with Kenneth Frank. He will treat us to some Gwich’in traditional stories, oral history, and humor.

Food Preservation Demo – Thursday 11/30 from 5:30-7:00pm

Join Kathleen Meckel and Adrienne Blatchford as they talk about natural food sources and demonstrate preserving them.

All events are free and will be in the Brooks Gathering Room. No sign-up necessary!

If you have any questions, please contact Brianna Pauling at bpaulin1.


Rural Student Services

Fall 2017 Office Hours:
Monday through Friday – 8:00am-5:00pm

If you need to schedule an appointment with an advisor, please call (907) 474-7871 (locally) or (888) 478-1452 (toll free within Alaska).

You can also schedule online at:


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The Native American Scholarships Fund is an endowment established to foster a sense of shared purpose and positive interaction between archaeologists and Native Americans. Scholarships are open to all Native peoples from anywhere in the Americas, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Indigenous Pacific Islanders.

Since 1998, the SAA has used the endowment income to award the annual Arthur C. Parker Scholarship in support of archaeological training for Native Americans who are students or employees of tribal, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian cultural preservation programs. In 2009, the SAA added two new awards in support of undergraduate and graduate archaeology education.

Support for these scholarships comes in several ways: through individual donations, an annual silent auction at the SAA meetings, book royalties, and grants. For questions about the applications process or to make a donation, please contact the Committee Chair.

The following competitive scholarships are currently offered:

SAA Arthur C. Parker Scholarship and NSF Scholarship for Archaeological Training for Native Americans and Native Hawaiian

To support archaeological training or a research program for Native American students or employees of tribal cultural preservation programs (up to $5,000).

SAA Native American Undergraduate Archaeology Scholarship

To support undergraduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $5,000).

SAA Native American Graduate Archaeology Scholarship

To support graduate studies for Native American students, including but not limited to tuition, travel, food, housing, books, supplies, equipment, and child care (up to $10,000).

To apply, download an application here:
Application for 2018 Awards (Word Document)

For more information click HERE.

Join us for the Doyon Foundation fall 2017 student dinner! We will have food (including moose soup!), door prizes, and Native language demonstrations and activities. Students, alumni, family, friends and supporters are all welcome to attend this free event.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

5:30 p.m.

Doyon Industrial Facility

615 Bidwell Ave. in Fairbanks

If you are a Foundation alumni, please let us know if you can bring a dish to share and/or a door prize to donate.

The event is FREE but please RSVP at http://conta.cc/2A5BMif.

NAPLP is a full scholarship program for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and graduate students to study applied American politics at the George Washington University in Washington DC. As part of the Semester in Washington Politics program, NAPLP is funded by a generous gift from AT&T. The scholarship covers up to nine credits in tuition, on-campus housing, round-trip air travel, and a stipend for books and living expenses ($2,400 in two installments). Students also have the opportunity to have an internship in places such as a congressional office, national tribal organization or a federal agency and to develop lasting connections with a cohort of Native American students from across the country.

CIPP is the George Washington University-based center whose purpose is to research, educate, and promote public awareness on issues of significance to Indigenous communities. In the GW spirit of scholarship and service, we hope that students who participate in NAPLP return to their schools and communities with fresh perspectives, knowledge, and skills about the political process and community organizing and that they feel better prepared to give back to and take a leadership role in their communities.

Students may apply online at naplp with any questions you may have.

Announcement Date: October 23, 2017

Submission Date: November 19, 2017

Awards Announced: December 15, 2017 (estimated)

Funding Period: January 14, 2018 – May 12, 2018


The Biomedical Learning and Student Training (BLaST) program invites proposals for mentored undergraduate research projects. The overarching goal of BLaST is to enhance undergraduate training and mentoring in biomedical research through increased diversity of students, increased integration of research and teaching, and enhanced integration of rural campuses into a cohesive biomedical community in Alaska.

Click HERE for more information.


Spring 2018 Application Deadline Extended to December 11



Students applying for a Doyon Foundation scholarship will now be using the Foundation’s new streamlined, user-friendly online application process. The scholarship application portal is now accessible, and applications are currently being accepted for the spring 2018 semester.


Due to the new application process, the Foundation has extended the scholarship application deadline to Monday, December 11 at 5 p.m. AKST.

To apply for a scholarship, students should visit the Foundation’s website. All previous scholarship data was transferred to the new system, so existing scholarship recipients do not need to create a new account. Current students should type in their email address for their user name; their password will be the same. First-time applicants should follow the instructions for creating a new account: HOW TO CREATE A NEW ACCOUNT INSTRUCTIONS.

For additional details on using the new system to apply for a scholarship, view step-by-step instructions: HOW TO APPLY FOR A SCHOLARSHIP INSTRUCTIONS.  Applicants who need assistance accessing or using the new system should contact the scholarship program manager at foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.

Applicants will find the new system to offer a more streamlined, user-friendly experience. For example, through the new system, students will receive automatic reminders of upcoming deadlines and items needed to complete their applications. Letters of recommendation can also be uploaded directly to the scholarship portal. The new system will also offer better scholarship reporting and management for Foundation staff.

“We chose this new system because it has a simple, intuitive design and is easy to understand and navigate,” said Doris Miller, the Foundation executive director. “Our hope is that it will make applying for scholarships even easier for our students.”

For more information or assistance, visit the Foundation website, www.doyonfoundation.com, or contact foundation@doyon.com or 907.459.2048.


Here are your November Native Words of the Month in Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in) and Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross)! Hai’ and Tsin’ee to our translators, Allan Hayton and Irene Solomon Arnold.

Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa (Gwich’in)

Gwichin November photo by Richard Mueller

Photo by Richard Mueller

November = Divii Zhrii

Deegii’in? = What are they doing?

Oodee shahan vizheh shih leii vikeech’agahch’yaa. = They are cooking lots of food at my mom’s house.

Listen to an audio recording of the translation: 

Dihthaad Xt’een Iin Aanděeg’ (Tanacross)

Tanacross Nov photo

November = Demee Sǎa’, “Sheep Month”

Xníik’áatth = It became cold.

Nah’ôg xníik’áatth. = It turned cold outside.

Listen to an audio recording of the translation: 


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