Year in Review: Village Outreach
The village outreach program at Doyon, Limited continues to be a fulfilling project, designed to reach out to Doyon shareholders throughout Alaska.
Doyon hosts quarterly webinars for the village corporations in the Doyon region on various topics that impact Alaska Native corporations and ANCSA lands. This year began with a webinar that had the largest attendance since Doyon began hosting webinars in 2018.
KRFF radio show
Doyon hosts a monthly radio show on KRFF 89.1 Voice of Denali in Fairbanks. Sharon Hildebrand, Doyon’s
village outreach liaison, and representatives from various Doyon departments highlight programs and outreach efforts in Doyon communities. The December show featured Aaron Schutt, Doyon president and CEO, who provided updates on the corporation. Tune in to 89.1 FM or www.krff891.com. You can call in to 907-374-9777 with your questions or comments.
In spring 2019, Arctic Information Technology (Arctic IT), a Doyon subsidiary company, demonstrated its shareholder records software for village corporations in the Doyon region. This shareholder records management system was built with ANCSA corporations in mind, for the purpose of managing vital shareholder data and handling tasks associated with that data.
Village corporation training
Doyon hosted the second annual village corporation training in Fairbanks early this fall. There was a record number of participants registered, representing 21 village corporations from across the Doyon region. The topics covered included strategic planning, banking and finance, settlement trusts, and legislative advocacy and protocols to empower, among many others.
Engaging with rural shareholders
In order to engage with our rural shareholders, Doyon traveled to various communities and events in 2019. These visits help establish stronger relationships with our communities, while visiting the tribe and speaking with students at the local schools to share opportunities at Doyon.
Meetings and conferences
Doyon staff attended the Alaska Chamber Legislative Fly-In in Juneau and the Rural Small Business Conference and Alaska Village Initiatives annual meeting.
Doyon representatives attended the annual meetings for the following village corporations:
· Baan O Yeel Kon Corporation (Rampart) in Fairbanks
· Seth De Ya Ah (Minto) in Minto
· MTNT, Limited (McGrath, Telida, Nikolai, and Takotna) in McGrath
Doyon board and staff members participated in the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) annual convention and
the TCC subregional meetings in Tanacross, Nenana, McGrath, and Galena to provide reports to the tribes on Doyon’s outreach activities.
Hunt Fish Task Force
Jamie Marunde, Doyon’s vice president of lands, represented Doyon at the Hunt Fish Task Force meeting at TCC. The Hunt Fish Task Force is a collaborative effort on behalf of the tribes, TCC, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Doyon, and other volunteers that work to address issues that impact hunting and fishing. The group has been successful in coordinating efforts to create positive outcomes.
Project updates and advocacy
(Leadership from Doyon, Tanacross, Inc., MTA, Northway Natives, Inc., ACS, Tok Community, and AP&T)
Doyon outreach efforts involved participation in the community meetings in Nulato, Anvik, and McGrath that have been planned by Bureau of Land Management (BLM) within the Doyon region to discuss the Bering Sea-Western Interior plan. Doyon also participated in the BLM environmental impact statement community meetings in Huslia, Hughes, Tanana, and Bettles/Evansville.
Doyon staff also traveled to communities in the Upper Tanana, including Eagle and Northway, to provide updates on Doyon-related projects occurring in the area. Staff participated in a community engagement session in Tok to hear from MTA about the fiber project and how the project may impact customers within the area.
Doyon traveled to Fort Yukon to provide an update on the Canyon Village land conveyance efforts at a Council of Athabascan Tribal Governments board meeting. Doyon has had ongoing involvement in this issue.
Doyon has been involved with the Interior Native Complete Count committee, an Interior Native organization formed to ensure that our community is accurately counted and involved with the 2020 Census. The committee is comprised of members from TCC, Doyon, Fairbanks Native Association, and Interior Regional Housing Authority (IRHA). The group coordinates with other Complete Count committees, such as the governor’s group and Fairbanks North Star Borough.
( Sharon Hildebrand, chair of the cross-cultural communication training program, and Helen Renfrew, of Explore Fairbanks, presented the training to the Fairbanks Police Department)
Doyon participated in the cross-cultural communication training offered to various businesses throughout Fairbanks in preparation for the Alaska Federation of Natives convention in October.
Get Out the Native Vote
(Seniors at Effie Kokrine Charter School after a presentation on ANCSA and voting led by Marna Sanford of TCC and Sharon Hidebrand of Doyon)
Get Out the Native Vote (GOTNV) has a partnership with various entities, including Doyon, TCC, IRHA, Fairbanks Native Association, Information Insights, and Local 942. With the upcoming elections in 2020, we have seen more engagement with the volunteer group. GOTNV will continue to schedule guest speakers at the Effie Kokrine Charter School to engage with the students and encourage them to vote and stay involved with our communities. For more information or to get involved, visit www.doyon.com/gotnv.
Reach out to outreach in 2020
If there is an event in your community that you would like Doyon’s village outreach liaison, Sharon Hildebrand, to attend, please contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 907-459-2110.