Doyon hosted an anniversary potlatch on Saturday, July 30. During the potlatch, Doyon had the honor of recognizing our incorporators, first board of directors, unsung heroes, and members of Yakama Nation.
In the 1970s, the Yakama Nation loaned $225,000 to the Alaska Federation of Natives to defend traditional lands. This resulted in the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.
During the potlatch, Doyon had the honor of recognizing Roger Fiander, Sr., Chairman of Yakama Nation General Council, and Delano Saluskin, Chairman of Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, and Gerald Lewis, Secretary of the Yakama Nation Tribal Council.
“These individuals and their families played a critical role in our history. Many dedicated hours away from their homes and families to get us where we are today. This celebration was our way of honoring them, and as importantly, their families who helped raise funds, advocate, and keep their household going while they were away from their homes,” said Aaron Schutt, President and Chief Executive Officer.