On Friday, November 15, 2013 from 5:30-9:00pm, the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) will host the annual auction and gala in honor of Native American Heritage Month. Over the past nine years, our community partners, Tribal leaders, elected officials and those dedicated to the educational and life success of our youth have gathered to celebrate community and a shared history. The event includes a traditional Native American meal, special performance, as well as a live and silent auction. Auction items include valuable Native art work from across the nation, fine antique baskets, original paintings, prints, hand created jewelry and one-of-a-kind travel experiences.
Home to over 38,000 American Indian and Alaska Natives who are affiliated with over 380 different tribes, Portland, Oregon represents the 9th largest Native American community in the United States. Locally, Natives experience the highest rates of homelessness, poverty, unemployment, are over-represented in the foster care system and have the highest drop-out rates of any ethnic group. Auction proceeds allow us to serve and benefit more than 2,000 youth and their families, many of whom access our programs every day.