Doyon Makes Contribution to Troth Yeddha’ Legacy Project
Doyon, Limited will contribute $250,000 to the Troth Yeddha’ Legacy Project for the Indigenous Studies Center on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus, announced Doyon President and CEO Aaron Schutt on October 17 at the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in Anchorage, Alaska. As the first contribution of this size by an Alaska Native organization, Schutt encouraged other Native organizations to consider contributing to the center.
The vision of Troth Yeddha’ is to have a center that celebrates the culture of Alaska Native people, while welcoming all people. Troth Yeddha’, or “a place where thinking and working together would happen” as stated by the late Chief Peter John, is a two-phase project. In phase one, the goal is to raise $5 million for the Troth Yeddha’ park. The goal of phase two is to raise $20 million to build the indigenous studies center.
“This center honors leaders who help keep indigenous practices alive,” Schutt said. “This initiative aims to do more than just build on the past. It will build on a legacy of leadership as students learn and study important subjects and bring them together in this center.”
Following Doyon’s presentation, Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) President and Chairman Victor Joseph announced that the TCC board approved a $25,000 contribution to the center.
More information about the Troth Yedddha’ Legacy Project can be found at uaf.edu/trothyeddha.
Pictured Above: Jim Johnsen, University of Alaska president (left); Admiral Tom Barrett, Alyeska Pipeline Service Company president and Troth Yeddha’ fundraising co-chair (middle); and Miranda Wright, Doyon board member and Troth Yeddha’ fundraising co-chair (right) are presented with a $250,000 check from Doyon President and CEO Aaron Schutt (far right) for the Troth Yeddha’ Legacy Project. Photo courtesy of Tanana Chiefs Conference.