Shareholder Spotlight: Tatiana Ticknor
“Follow your dreams and don’t procrastinate.”
Doyon, Limited shareholder, Tatiana Ticknor, is Dena’ina Athabascan and Tlingit from Anchorage, Alaska. Ticknor is the daughter of Edward Ticknor of Telida and Anvik and Jean Sam-Kiunya from Nondalton and Sitka. She is the granddaughter of Winchell Ticknor of Anvik and Agnes Eluska of Telida, and David Sam of Sitka and Marilyn Balluta of Nondalton.
Ticknor, 17, spent many summers with her grandparents in Lake Clark at fish camp. She now resides in Anchorage where she attends East High School and participates in a wide variety of activities that contribute to her success.
A few of Ticknor’s achievements include the 2014 First Alaskans Institute Community Do-er Award, member of the 2015 Center for Native American Youth Champions for Change class, 2014/2015 East High School Native Youth Leadership Club president, appointment to the Municipality of Anchorage Youth Commission, and being selected as a Top 25 Under 25 United National Indian Tribal Youth. Her hobbies include Native Youth Olympics, jingle dress dancing, and learning her Dena’ina Athabascan language and how to teach others the language.
Last year, Ticknor was selected to sit on a panel with other Native American youth at the 2015 Tribal Nations Conference attended by President Barack Obama. On the panel, Ticknor posed a question for President Obama regarding understanding Native youth and eliminating stereotyping and racism within schools. When recalling the event, she said, “I had a lot of pride in representing the state of Alaska and representing my people. It felt good to have a voice.”
When the school year ends and many students spend their free time outdoors, Ticknor uses that time to build her career skills. In 2014, Ticknor was accepted into the Southcentral Foundation RAISE program as a summer intern. In 2015 and 2016, she spent her summers as an Alaska Native Heritage Center intern.
When asked what changes she wants to see, Ticknor responded, “My generation. I want to see a cultural change. They don’t really get a chance to learn their culture and language, but now it’s coming back. I want to actively see that change.”
Ticknor encourages other youth to “Follow your dreams and don’t procrastinate. If you think about something, actually put it into action. Amazing things do happen.”