The Scarcity of Winter: Feeding our Community

On the heels of an incredibly inspiring UnThanksgiving event in NAYA’s community garden, and an amazingly bountiful harvest this year, the reality that our community continues to face food insecurity comes sharply into focus.   Since time immemorial, Indigenous peoples have prepared for the scarcity of winter with traditional ways of preserving and putting foodView Article >

Coming Home. NAYA’s award-winning affordable housing projects.

While we celebrate and honor the cultures, traditions, and histories of Native American communities during National Native American Heritage Month, at NAYA we celebrate our heritage and resilience year-round and in everything we do. Foundational to our work and mission, continued innovation and adaptation allows us to expand our programs to better serve our community.View Article >

Gathering in Gratitude at the 11th Annual Neerchokikoo Powwow: Dancing on Native land!

On September 16, the Portland region’s Native community, NAYA staff, and allies came together for the first in-person powwow in nearly four years. NAYA’s campus was transformed as drummers and dancers gathered in the pavilion, vendors filled the gymnasium with their crafts and wares, and honorees and guests participated in our honoring ceremony. It wasView Article >

Reflections on the pandemic by Poli Joshevama

It has been an incredible privilege for NAYA’s Health Equity program, alongside the Future Generations Collaborative, to support Portland’s urban Indigenous community during the COVID-19 pandemic. From testing to vaccinations and wraparound support, our team worked diligently to ensure that our community was safe and healthy.   We started our testing events at NAYA in 2020View Article >

Return to Neerchokikoo–a community’s dream realized

The journey home The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) was founded in 1974 by parent volunteers, concerned about the low high school graduation rates of their youth. They organized after-school sports and tutoring sessions to keep youth engaged in their education and their community. Over the years, with the same intention of servingView Article >

NAYA Board appoints Interim CEO

With the upcoming departure of Paul Lumley, CEO for the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), the Board of Directors is pleased to announce that current Director of Community Development Oscar Arana will serve as the Interim CEO while the Board conducts a national search for the next CEO. “During his tenure, Paul providedView Article >

Celebrating our Two Spirit Community

June is Pride Month, a time to celebrate and honor the LGBTQIA+ community. For Native American people, this month is also an opportunity to shine a light on our Two Spirit community members.    Two Spirit is a term used by some Native American communities to describe individuals who possess both male and female spirits. TheseView Article >

Standing together for Native children and foster families

An integral part of NAYA’s Foster Care Services is helping youth stay connected to their culture while in care. Native youth are deserving of a sense of belonging, and our programs aim to firmly establish feelings of self-worth. May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, so we’re highlighting our culturally appropriate foster care support services. View Article >