Author Archives: nadams

Small Biz Spotlight: Cultural Blends

In just a few short years, Troy Douglass, Grand Ronde, has cemented his place as one of Portland’s most visible Native-owned business owners. Influencer, entrepreneur, and innovator, Douglass and his Cultural Blends line of clothing have become fixtures in the Pacific Northwest Indigenous community. Douglass has participated in NAYA’s Microenterprise Program  as well as theView Article >


NAYA Center shut down until July 29

The NAYA Family Center campus will be closed to all essential staff that had been reporting to work until Wednesday, July 29, 2020. One of our essential staff has tested positive for COVID-19. Thankfully, NAYA developed a plan for such an incident months ago, and implementation of that plan is underway. The center is undergoingView Article >


Small Business Spotlight: BaDundle

A silver lining during this time of COVID-19 is the launching of BaDundle Baby, an online shop featuring sustainable second-hand baby clothes shipped like new in a reusable tote without any disposable packaging! The brainchild of twin sisters Nisha Supahan and Elaina O’Rourke from the Karuk Tribe in California and their husbands, the company offers delivery of baby clothes, sized 0-2T,View Article >


NAYA named EnVision Center by HUD

Portland’s Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA) announced during a virtual press conference Tuesday, July 7, 2020, that it has been designated an EnVision Center by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler joined representatives from HUD and HomeForward Executive Director Michael Buonocore in making the announcement. EnVision CentersView Article >


NAYA Board Commits to Two-Spirit Community

NAYA Statement of Intention in Commemoration of Pride Month 2020 At the request of our Board of Directors—and in commemoration of Pride Month 2020—NAYA is honored to issue this statement of support and solidarity with our Two-Spirit community. Recognizing that the work to expand and improve our service to the Two-Spirit community continues far beyondView Article >


Small Business Spotlight: Wapato Farms

On a 32-acre working farm on Sauvie Island, Jennifer Rose Marie Serna has created a business inspired by the teachings of her grandmother and in line with strong principles of ecological responsibility. Her company, Wapato Island Farm, offers farm-grown and ethically wild-crafted herbal and mushroom medicines. We also provide traditional plant medicine making education and skillView Article >


NAYA Center to remain closed until further notice

May 26, 2020 Dear Community, We send you good thoughts and prayers of support from the staff of NAYA. Looking at the headlines, it’s understandable how you could be confused about the status of reopening in Portland, and how that impacts NAYA’s programs and services. So we wanted to share this update with you. TheView Article >


NAYA Accelerator Graduate Featured in Mercatus

This guest-written blog by Dez Ramirez appears courtesy of Mercatus. Photo by Kari Rowe. Imagine a thank you gift so big, so impactful, it inspired your life’s purpose. Such is the story of Hugh Amaguq Ahnatook (Inupiaq) and Sacred Waters Fish Company. In 2016, fires ripped through the Colville Indian Reservation in Washington, and AhnatookView Article >


Community Resources during COVID-19

NAYA knows that Indigenous people have a long history of resiliency in times of uncertainty. Even so, we hope that providing information on community resources is helpful for those families making rapid adjustments in routines and behaviors due to COVID-19. COVID-19 INFORMATION & UPDATES Governor Brown’s “Stay Home, Save Lives” Order Multnomah County Health DepartmentView Article >


March 15 COVID-19 Update: Building Closure

We at NAYA know we are all in this together. These are unprecedented times, and the health and safety for all are at the forefront of our decision making. Understanding that information on COVID-19 can sometimes change hour by hour, our team has been working through the weekend to update our plans to minimize orView Article >