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02/15/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/14/2020 20:31

Doyon Foundation to Award $5,000 Language Revitalization Grants

Doyon Foundation to Award $5,000 Language Revitalization Grants

Do you have an idea for a language revitalization project in the Doyon region? Apply for an Our Language grant from Doyon Foundation!

In a continuing effort to revitalize the endangered Native languages of the Doyon region, Doyon Foundation will award grants of up to $5,000 to support language revitalization efforts. Applications for the 2020 Our Language grants are due Friday, April 3, at 5 p.m. Application packets are available at www.doyonfoundation.com.

Doyon region tribal governments/tribal councils/communities; nonprofit Alaska Native organizations, societies and community groups; and Alaska Native cultural, educational and recreational organizations/centers are eligible to apply for an Our Language grant.

The 10 ancestral languages of the Doyon region are all severely to critically endangered, and will be lost within the span of a few generations if no action is taken. These languages are Nee'aanèegn' (Upper Tanana), Dihthaad Xt'een Iin Aanděeg' (Tanacross), Hän, Dinjii Zhuh K'yaa (Gwich'in), Dinak'i (Upper Kuskokwim), Denaakk'e (Koyukon), Deg Xinag, Benhti Kokhut'ana Kenaga (Lower Tanana), Holikachuk, and Inupiaq.

Doyon, Limited established the language grant program in 2012, and the Doyon Foundation language revitalization program now manages the grant program. Last year, the Foundation awarded nine grants totaling $50,000.

An application packet, with complete details and instructions, is available on the Doyon Foundation website, www.doyonfoundation.com. For additional information, contact 907-459-2048 or [email protected].