Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement

We believe that cultural engagement is civic engagement. A strong sense of cultural identity naturally leads to a desire to participate in civic life. Native peoples are often underrepresented in Census figures and in political determinations. Making our strengths known and voices heard as a community is an important part of the work we do at NAYA.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, NAYA does not engage in partisan political activity. However, our non-partisan work makes a big impact in our community. This happens through activities like registering and identifying voters, increasing voter turnout in elections, the Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable, and advocating on behalf of legislation and ballot initiatives that support our people.

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NAYA’s Civic Engagement program is partially funded by the Multnomah Bar Foundation.