I’d like to offer a big chiqinik – thank you – to all the volunteers and sponsors who helped make this year’s Native Youth Olympics Invitational a success. Our hard-working staff could not have hosted the games without you!

Thanks, also, to the band Pamyua and to guest speaker Courtney Agnes. The money you helped raise gives support to our Yaghanen Youth Program. Yaghanen means “a safe place” or “good land” and is a fitting description for all the opportunities the program offers youth.

We’re currently serving about 40 children at Yaghanen. In addition to Native Youth Olympics, they are learning archery, Dena’ina songs, dances and drumming, and learning together in a study hall. Please call the Yaghanen office at 335-7290 if you want to know more about the program.

Now we are preparing for a Dena’ina Heyi, a winter celebration, to honor the traveling version of "Dena'inaq Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living," the Anchorage Museum's landmark exhibit representing our history and traditions. Please join us on Feb. 6, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. We’ll have music, drumming, dance and storytelling, as well as fry bread.

We hope to see you there!


Jaylene Peterson-Nyren

Executive Director