Apply for the 2018 Daaga’ Awards
Pictured above: Participants show off the traditional fur hats made in their sewing class organized by Birch Creek Tribal Council, one of the 2017 Daaga’ Award recipients.
Applications are now available for the 2018 Daaga’ Awards. Proposals for the 2018 Daaga’ Awards will be accepted until the deadline on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 5 p.m. AKST.
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, Limited.
In 2017, $36,000 in funding was provided to 12 Interior organizations that applied for funding of the following projects:
- Birch Creek Tribal Council– Cultural sewing workshop in Fairbanks teaching how to sew traditional clothing, and make fur hats, mittens and slippers.
- 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.
- Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government– Youth Survivors, a firearm safety and skill-building project to promote rural life skills and firearm safety.
- Council of Athabascan Tribal Government– Tribal history commemoration event.
- 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.
- Nenana Native Association– A summer youth fish camp focusing on fishing and processing salmon, and exploring other traditional values.
- Nulato Tribal Council– Nulato Family Fish Camp, held for Elders and youth ages 10 – 18, to promote traditional values and subsistence.
- Rampart Village Council– Traditional song and dance group.
- Tanacross Village Council– Educational retreat and culture camps focusing on self-esteem, self-awareness and health issues for all ages.
- Tetlin Village Council– Creation of the Tetlin Dance Group to inspire and promote cultural and language revitalization.
- White Eye Traditional Knowledge Education Program– Traditional knowledge education camp focusing on Elders handing down traditions to youth.
- Young Native Fiddlers– Young Native Fiddlers group teaching fiddle and guitar, and promoting leadership skills, confidence, love of music and academic success.