2019 Denakkanaaga Conference Honors the Late Poldine Carlo
The 2019 Denakkanaaga Elders and Youth Conference was held June 4 – 6, 2019 in Nulato.
The theme of this year’s conference was “Serving Others: A Traditional Native Value Guiding Us.” The conference was held in honor of the late Poldine Carlo, who was one of the founding members of Denakkanaaga and was from the village of Nulato. Carlo, a Doyon, Limited shareholder, regularly attended the Doyon board of directors meetings, sharing her wisdom and knowledge.
During the conference, a cemetery service was also held for the late Lucy Carlo, who was one of the nine charter board members that formed Doyon. She was also Poldine Carlo’s daughter.
In addition to the regular agenda, Doyon planned two events at the conference: a youth event and an Indian taco lunch.
The youth event took place the Monday night before the conference began at the Nulato Recreational Center. Approximately 45 youth attended, along with the Doyon board of directors and several members of the Doyon senior management team. Doyon presented information on the corporation, provided food, and asked general questions of the youth through “consensors,” an electronic group-surveying tool. Most of the youth participants were between the ages of 12 – 17 and indicated that they lived in the Doyon/Tanana Chiefs Conference region. When asked if the youth were Doyon shareholders, approximately 46 percent stated that they were shareholders and the other 43 percent said they needed to ask a family member as they were unsure if they were shareholders. Doyon is pleased to see that most of the youth identified as shareholders; however, it also shows the value of continuing to work with and educate youth.
The following day, which was the first day of the conference, Doyon served “Indian tacos.” Doyon staff and community volunteers prepared the tacos, while the youth volunteers and Doyon board members served attendees. After the tacos were served, Doyon recognized all the military veterans in attendance and gifted the veterans with bone bead necklaces made by Elders in Fairbanks at Denakkanaaga’s office. Doyon is proud to honor both our Elders and our military veterans.
Doyon looks forward to the next Denakkanaaga conference, which will be held in Nikolai in June 2020. Thank you to the village of Nulato for hosting a successful convention, and thank you to the Denakkanaaga staff for continuing to plan this gathering for the Elders in the Doyon region.
Doyon values its past, present and future shareholders. Doyon is a major donor to the Denakkanaaga Elders organization. Denakkanaaga is a nonprofit organization that “serves as the voice for Native Elders in the Doyon, Limited and Tanana Chiefs Conference region in interior Alaska.” In addition to Doyon’s monetary donation, the Doyon board of directors and president and CEO attend the convention each year.