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Ahtna Kanas Fall 2021

Ahtna Vocational Scholarship Program Highlight: Federico Salinas-Johns

Federico Salinas-Johns grew up in Copper Center and is a member of the Udzisyu (Caribou) clan. His mother was the late Vickie Johns, and his grandparents were the late Ahtna Traditional Chief Harry Johns Sr. and Ruth Johns.

Federico reached out to Shareholder Enrichment to inquire about furthering his career. We assisted him with the Vocational Scholarship and Career Assistance applications and were able to help him with the tuition and fees associated with attending Northern Industrial Training (NIT) in Palmer. NIT offers training in construction equipment, welding, truck driving and safety. Federico was looking to change careers to something he enjoys and his goal is to join the union and secure work after completion of his program. His advice to other shareholders who may be interested in the program is to “stick with it.” You get better over time he says. “Start slow and smooth, speed comes in time.”

Federico has spent the last five years working for Ahtna Construction & Primary Products Company, LLC as a load operator on the Trans Alaska Pipeline. He says running the equipment is a lot of fun, but you have to be prepared for varied conditions as there are times you must work in inclement weather and rough terrain. Federico credits many people with inspiring him to become an operator. “My supervisors and the crew have always supported me and showed me tricks of the trade to give me an advantage in my career. They have taught me the right way, and the safest way, to get the job done,” he says.

Federico lives in Anchorage and enjoys spending time with his family in his free time.

Ahtna Vocational Scholarship Program

The Ahtna Vocational Scholarship Program funds Ahtna shareholders to assist in meeting their educational goals. The priority of the Ahtna Vocational Scholarship is to support direct educational expenses. Apply online today at