Doyon Presents $38,000 in Daaga’ Award Grants
Doyon, Limited will present $38,000 in Daaga’ Award grants to 12 Interior organizations this year. The Doyon shareholder relations committee, comprised of board members Chris Simon (chair), Sonta Roach, Shirley Cleaver, Erica Frankson and PJ Simon, approved the grants in February.
Congratulations to the 2016 recipients, who are listed below along with a short description of how the grant funding will be used:
- Chalkyitsik Village Council – Summer Youth Camp will teach moose tanning, Native arts and language, and moose-hunting skills, while promoting a drug- and alcohol-free lifestyle.
- Fairbanks Native Association – Native Strong Culture Group will teach Native dancing, singing, drumming, making drums and regalia, and other activities related to Native culture.
- Northway Village Council – Ten Mile Cultural Camp will teach beading, cooking, mapping, whitefish cutting and smoking, moose hunting and drying, berry picking, boat safety, fish net checking, talking circles, Native dancing and language.
- Carry the Cure, Inc. – Iditarod Suicide Prevention Campaign will build awareness about suicide, domestic violence and substance abuse.
- Nikolai Edzeno Village Council – Family Wellness/ Sobriety Week will honor Elders and community members, and host speakers who will discuss alcohol/drug prevention, historical trauma and how to heal.
- Dancing with the Spirit – Will work in the Doyon region to preserve Athabascan fiddling and dance traditions.
- Nenana Native Association – Summer Youth Fish Camp will focus on fishing and processing salmon, as well as learning traditional songs, dance and the Athabascan language.
- Huslia Tribal Council – Our Journey to Dakli Mountains will help to revive one of Huslia’s nomadic hunting trips and host traditional hunting festivities.
- Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich’in Tribal Government – Muskrat/Ice Fishing/Vest Making events will include hunting and trapping muskrat, skinning and drying the hides, catching, preparing and storing fish, and sewing muskrat skins.
- Ruby Tribal Council – Camp Fire Youth Activities will include cold water and boat safety, swimming, cooking, nutrition, wellness, outdoor education and teen leadership activities.
- Saakkaay Association – Community events will include Memorial Day activities, Fourth of July parade, new instruments and a Kaiyuh fishing trip.
- Koyukuk Tribal Council – Culture Camp will include Elders, kids and other community members, and will teach fishing, berry picking, plants and the environment.
The Daaga’ Award grants are given to organizations that promote drug- and alcohol-free events. 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 amount an organization can receive is $5,000, and most projects have cash or in-kind contributions from their community or other funding sources.
More information about the Daaga’ Award can be found on the Daaga’ page or by contacting shareholder relations at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 459-2016 (in Fairbanks) or 1-888-478-4755 (toll-free).