The Doyon Foundation journey doesn’t end with graduation! We are so proud of our alumni, the amazing places they have gone on to, the achievements they are making, and the positive differences they are having in their communities. Each month, we feature an update on one of our alumni. This month, we are pleased to highlight Allan Hayton, one of the five previous Doyon Foundation scholarship recipients who are now part of the Foundation team!

Where are you from? 

I grew up in Arctic Village; my family is from Fort Yukon and Tanana.

Where do you currently live? 


What is your educational background? 

I graduated high school with an Alaska GED in 1986. From there, I attended Haskell Indian Jr. College, graduating in 1988 with an associate degree in liberal arts. I studied theatre and film at the University of Kansas, earning my Bachelor of Arts in 1992. Most recently, I completed my Master of Arts in applied linguistics at the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 2013.

What are you doing now? 

I have been working at Doyon Foundation since 2015, serving 10 endangered languages of the Doyon region.

Anything else you would like to share?

I owe so much of my journey to helpers along the way, Mary Pulaski Ambrose, Pat Melody, Sabine Siekmann, friends like George Holly, Lonna Stevens, Andrew White, and the scholarship support from Doyon Foundation. Mahsi’ choo!  

Are you a former Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient who has graduated? We would love to hear from you! Please reach out to or 907.459.2049.