November 2021


Foundation Welcomes New Accounting Manager

We are thrilled to welcome the newest member of our team: Kim Sanders, accounting manager. Kim began her new role at the Foundation office in Fairbanks on October 18. Kim is a graduate of North Pole High School, and obtained an associate degree in accounting from Rasmussen College. Most recently, she was the accounting manager at Slayden Plumbing and Heating. Read more about Kim:


Did You See Our New Website?

We were excited to launch our brand new website last month! It features a fresh design, all the latest information and resources, and a more user-friendly navigation. Plus, it's optimized to work on all your devices - desktop, mobile and tablet!

Check it out and tell us what you think:



Native Heritage Month

Share how you’re celebrating your culture! #nativeheritagemonth


Spring 2022 scholarship application deadline

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NOVEMBER 25 – 26

Foundation office closed for Thanksgiving


Giving Tuesday

Consider a gift to Doyon Foundation!



Spring 2022 Scholarship Application Deadline

This coming Monday, November 15, is the application deadline for spring 2022 Doyon Foundation basic scholarships! We’ll award $1,600 for part-time students and $2,400 for full-time students. Remember that students in vocational programs are eligible to receive basic scholarships, too! If you’re planning to apply, double check that you have submitted all the required materials by this coming Monday, November 15, 2021, at 5 p.m. AKST. Get details and apply:


Competitive Scholarships Available for Health Students

Did you know that full-time students studying health-related fields have the opportunity to apply for a Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship for the spring 2022 semester? Awards range from $3,500 for undergraduate students, to $4,500 for graduate students, to $5,500 to doctoral students! Applications are due this coming Monday, November 15, 2021, at 5 p.m. AKST. Please note there is a separate application for the health competitive scholarship. Contact our scholarship program manager at [email protected] or 907.459.2049 to get the access code you will need to apply. Learn more and apply:

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Health Scholarship Fund Making a Difference For Students

The generous contributions made by Tanana Chiefs Conference and Doyon, Limited this fall are already making a difference in the lives of the recipients of our health scholarship recipients, like Teresa Nix, a graduate student at Arizona State University Online. “With my master’s degree in social work, I hope to help underserved populations in healthcare settings. I have always been passionate about this population and can’t wait to make a difference in their lives. I am really grateful for this financial support,” she says. Hear from more of our students – and learn about more scholarship opportunities for students who want to go into healthcare:



Diva Velez

A 2021 graduate of the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Doyon Foundation vocational student Diva Velez holds an associate degree in process technology. “A process tech degree opens up many job fields involving different materials and equipment, which makes it interesting,” she shares. “What makes it even more interesting is that the careers incorporate math and science along with a knowledge of technology.” Diva hopes to find work soon as a process tech operator, and is considering pursuing additional degrees. “Doyon Foundation is very supportive of education – it has helped me every step of the way,” she says. Learn more about Diva’s educational journey and what she has planned next:


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In our Native languages, the names of the months aren’t just words – they describe what is taking place during that time of year. In our November 2021 Native Word of the Month, we are pleased to share “November” translations in many of the languages of the Doyon region. We encourage you to speak and share your language today and throughout November, in honor of National Native American Heritage Month:



LaVerne Demientieff

Language Champion LaVerne Xilegg Dementieff is a content creator with our Doyon Languages Online project, sharing her love and knowledge of Deg Xinag. “Language documentation will go forward so that future generations can benefit from the language as well,” she says. Learn more about LaVerne’s work with her Native language:


Language Journeys: Polly Hyslop

Did you miss the latest episode of Language Journeys? If so, it’s not too late! Visit the Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center website to watch the newest episode, featuring Polly Hyslop sharing about her work with Nee'aanèegn' (Upper Tanana) and the importance of language revitalization in community empowerment. And be sure to mark your calendar for this month’s premiere! New episodes air the last Friday of each month at noon Alaska time on the Morris Thompson website:


Grant to Fund New Language Mentor-Apprentice Program

We're so excited to announce that Doyon Foundation received a grant from the Administration for Native Americans to fund a new Native language mentor-apprentice program! The program will match interested learners with fluent speakers who will guide them to becoming proficient speakers of endangered Doyon region languages. In return, language learners who complete an apprenticeship will give back to their language community as a mentor, instructor or lesson developer. Learn more about the new program:

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Virtual Gathering Celebrates Doyon Languages Online II Contributors

We hosted a virtual gathering in late September to mark the conclusion of our Doyon Languages Online II project, and acknowledge and express gratitude to the individuals involved in making it possible. During the gathering, participants, including Elders, linguistic consultants and content creators, shared stories about their experience with the Doyon Languages Online project. “It’s been such a beautiful reawakening of my identity,” shared Irene Arnold. “I really enjoyed getting to re-learn my language and to share as I went along.” Read more about the project and the gathering:



Thank You, Fred Meyer Shoppers

Between July and September, Doyon Foundation earned $329.93 in donations from Fred Meyer - simply because shoppers linked their Rewards card to the Foundation! Join the 52 households who are supporting the Foundation while they shop by linking your card to the Foundation. You can search for the Foundation by name or by nonprofit number QB344. We’ll earn a donation every time you shop and use your Rewards card. Watch this short video as we walk you through the simple instructions step-by-step:

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