2020 Daaga’ Award Recipient Highlight: Native Village of Tetlin
“Get up, move, do something.” This is the meaning of the word Daaga’ and the spirit of Doyon, Limited Daaga’ Award. Through the Daaga’ Fund, Native leaders unite to promote healthy, drug- and alcohol-free communities with grants up to $3,000 per annual funding cycle. Since 1990, Doyon has awarded more than $280,000 to Interior Native individuals and organizations.
In 2020, Doyon awarded $50,000 in Daaga’ Award grants to 15 organizations. The Native Village of Tetlin was one of those recipients. This award helped them teach youth and adults about traditional burbot fishing.
With the grant funds, the Tetlin tribal administrator was able to organize a group of volunteers to take youth by snowmachines to learn and participate in burbot ice fishing on Tetlin Lake, and it was a great success!Many youth and adults were excited to participate and learn about ice fishing. The adults organized numerous trips to Tetlin Lake. Day trips included ice cutting, line setting, lunch on the lake, and checking the fish lines. The youth expressed excitement and were anxious to be involved in the outdoor activities, as most do not have access to snowmachines and are unable to participate in wintertime subsistence activities.
The project was extremely successful in promoting a healthy, active, and traditional lifestyle to the youth and adult volunteers.
Doyon is currently accepting proposals for the 2021 Daaga’ Awards. The deadline to submit a proposal is Thursday, October 22, 2020, at 5 p.m. AKST.
The Daaga’ Award reflects Doyon’s belief that communities are healthier when Native values are alive and traditional skills, such as beadwork, artwork, hunting, trapping, and fishing, are prized. Programs that integrate the spiritual, social, and economic needs of our people make us all stronger. The proposed projects should support the values of the Daaga’ Awards, which include contributing to the healing that lies within the local people, utilizing the strength of traditional values, and encouraging programs that integrate spiritual, social, and economic needs of
Proposals may be granted up to $3,000 per funding period. The awarded amount is dependent on the number of proposals received and the need of the program as described in the application and supporting materials. Applicants may not always receive the full $3,000. For this reason, Daaga’ should be considered supplemental funding and not be the only support sought when funding a program.
To learn more about the Daaga’ Fund or for questions regarding the 2021 Daaga’ Award application, please contact the Doyon shareholder outreach department at 907-459-2085 or firstname.lastname@example.org.