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‘Keeping our community safe’: Meet NAYA’s Health Equity team

“Culture is prevention,” says Natalyn Begay, NAYA’s Health Equity program manager, and it is those words that serve as the foundation for the entire program. “Really, what that means is the reclamation of culture to increase the overall health of our community,” Begay says. First, elders are looked to for traditional wisdom. Second, those teachingsView Article >

NAYA nets wins during legislative session

During the 2021 Oregon legislative session, NAYA set out to advocate for an ambitious set of priorities, pushing for the passage of bills that uplift the Indigenous community. We’re always pursuing positive change, but the new opportunities, changes in representation, and the rapid increase in communities’ activism made these efforts all the more pressing.  DespiteView Article >

NAYA distributes $1M to area businesses

Gloria Gonzalez was two years into a five-year lease on a studio space for her business Vida Massage when the pandemic hit. Her storefront shuttered for 18 weeks before reopening, and even then, things were slow and the number of clients would ebb and flow. Gonzalez was unsure how she’d survive—until NAYA called with anView Article >