2017 Daaga’ Awards Recipients Announced
Doyon, Limited will present $36,000 in Daaga’ Award grants to 12 Interior organizations this year. The shareholder relations committee, comprised of Doyon board members, approved the grants in a February meeting.
Congratulations to the 2017 recipients, who are listed below along with a short description of how the grant funding will be used:
- Tanacross Village Council – Educational retreat and culture camps focusing on self-esteem, self-awareness and health issues for all ages.
- Chalkyitsik Village Council – A summer youth camp with Elders helping to teach traditional values, as well as moose hunting and tanning, and Native arts and language.
- Rampart Village Council – Traditional song and dance group.
- White Eye Traditional Knowledge Education Program – Traditional knowledge education camp focusing on Elders handing down traditions to youth.
- Birch Creek Tribal Council – Cultural sewing workshop in Fairbanks teaching how to sew traditional clothing, and make fur hats, mittens and slippers.
- Tetlin Village Council – Creation of the Tetlin Dance Group to inspire and promote cultural and language revitalization.
- Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government – Youth Survivors, a firearm safety and skill-building project to promote rural life skills and firearm safety.
- Nenana Native Association – A summer youth fish camp focusing on fishing and processing salmon and exploring other traditional values.
- Young Native Fiddlers – Young Native Fiddlers group teaching fiddle and guitar, and promoting leadership skills, confidence, love of music and academic success.
- Council of Athabascan Tribal Government – Tribal history commemoration event.
- Nulato Tribal Council – Nulato Family Fish Camp, held for Elders and youth ages 10 – 18, will promote traditional values and subsistence.
- Koyukuk Tribal Council – Culture Camp for all ages, teaching youth skills in fishing, berry picking, healing plants and environmental surroundings used to sustain cultural heritage and the traditional lifestyle.
The Daaga’ Award grants are given to organizations that promote drug- and alcohol-free events and projects. Applicants submit proposals that outline the project description, timeline, advertising, financial statement of need, and other funding sources, and also provide a letter of support from the village or tribe. The maximum Daaga’ Award amount an organization can receive is $3,000. Most participant projects have cash or in-kind contributions from their community or other funding sources in addition to what is awarded by Doyon. This year, every awardee received the maximum allowable Daaga’ grant.
More information about the Daaga’ Award can be found on the Daaga’ page at www.doyon.com or by contacting shareholder relations at firstname.lastname@example.org, 459-2016 (in Fairbanks) or 1-888-478-4755 (toll-free).