Foundation receives $900,000 grant to revitalize native Alaskan languages

The Doyon Foundation received a $900,000 grant to revitalize five Athabascan languages through online education.

The Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance Grant was awarded by the Administration for Native Americans, which is a nonprofit group with a mission to promote self-sufficiency in cultural preservation.

“We are humbled and grateful to have been awarded in a highly competitive selection process. This news is very exciting, and this project will be a huge assist to those wanting to teach and learn their ancestral language,” said Allan Hayton, director of the foundation’s language revitalization program, in the news release.

The Doyon Foundation will use the grant money to create 280 online lessons in the next three years. The courses will be to readily available to educators and students throughout Alaska and parts of Canada.

Doyon, Limited established the Doyon Foundation in 1989.

Through the Foundation, shareholders can apply for scholarships to support their educational journeys. Since its inception more than 25 years ago, the Foundation has awarded more than $6 million in scholarships.

A range of scholarship programs helps students of all ages and interests pursue both higher education and vocational training alike. Learn more about eligibility, the application process, and deadlines on the Doyon Foundation website.

The Foundation is also a hub for student support, connecting students with internship, career and training information, as well as with each other. The Foundation is also taking a leadership role in ensuring the survival of Alaska Native languages, through its language revitalization program.

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