News release – Native Youth and Family Center celebrates first summer of Resurgence School

Native Youth and Family Center celebrates first summer of Resurgence School News release* 8/10/18 Portland, OR Above: Youth receive a lesson from Suzie Slockish at the salmon bake. On August 3rd, the Native American Youth and Family Center celebrated its final day of Resurgence School – an experimental, project-based summer program that helps youth developView Article >


NAYA’s New Summer School Program

An Intersection Between Indigenous Knowledge and High School Education. This summer NAYA received funding to develop a pilot project in experiential Indigenous education. With support from the National Urban Indian Family Coalition (NUIFC), NAYA will host youth from July 2nd to August 3rd in the Resurgence Summer School. This year’s theme is “Responsibility to Ourselves,View Article >


NAYA’s 2nd Annual Spring Marketplace

Each year, NAYA’s gymnasium transforms into a bustling and festive marketplace – showcasing work from some of Portland’s finest Native American artists. In response to multiple requests from vendors at our Winter Marketplace, last year NAYA’s Community Development team decided to offer a Spring Marketplace to provide greater opportunities for Native business owners to meetView Article >


NAYA’s Homeownership Program- It’s Good To Be Home!

Celebrations are in order for NAYA community members, Homeownership Program participants and recent homebuyers Elisha Big Back, Isaac Gervais, Susan Towner and Brad Coupchiak! Buying a home is more than a personal goal for many of us, it is a milestone in life that will impact our families for generations to come. NAYA’s Homeownership ProgramView Article >


Community Inspires Indigenous Entrepreneur

Meet Deanna Wohlgemuth, owner and creative mind behind Rock On Jewelry and Tin Cantina, LLC in Portland! Thanks to the Oregon IDA Initiative and NAYA’s Micro-Enterprise classes, Deanna began her own successful business making and selling incredible jewelry from salvaged materials, and tending bar from her vintage trailer at events. Our Micro-Enterprise classes receive generous support from ProsperView Article >


Looking back, looking forward

Many Native American Tribes throughout Turtle Island look to the heavens to mark significant times and seasons. As the new year approaches, we take the opportunity to reflect. Looking back, we celebrate our community’s  passion, dedication and hard work, and share our gratitude for the outstanding progress we have all made. And, we thank YOU,View Article >


NAYA’s LEAD Program Welcomes 10th Cohort

A decade ago, NAYA embarked on a journey to build a stronger network of Native leaders through an initiative called the Oregon LEAD Program. A nationwide effort developed by a coalition of nonprofits and the First Nations Development Institute, LEAD (Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development) works to build cross-cultural empowerment and leadership. In 2012, OregonView Article >


Calling Washington County Native Americans for September 30 Focus Group

In 2010 NAYA participated in a research project conducted by the Coalition of Communities of Color. This project produced the report many are familiar with called Native Americans in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile. Our community has been using the data contained in this report to advocate for positive change. Participants in the Portland Indian LeadersView Article >


Oregon LEAD Builds Power in Native Community

For almost 10 years, NAYA’s Oregon LEAD Program has evolved as a staple for building Native leadership in the Portland Metro Area and across Oregon’s tribal communities. Originally, as a part of the First Nations Development Institute, LEAD stood for Leadership and Entrepreneurial Apprenticeship Development. At that time, LEAD focused primarily on Native non-profit managementView Article >


Save Oregon Senate Bill 13- Tribal Literacy

Your voice is urgently needed: Senate Bill 13, Tribal Literacy (SB 13) is languishing in committee. Take action today to encourage lawmakers to give SB 13 the hearing it deserves. SB 13 directs the Department of Education to develop curriculum relating to Native American experience in Oregon and to provide professional development related to curriculum.View Article >