Categoriy Archives: Community Stories

Sharing stories of hope

As National Suicide Prevention Month comes to a close, NAYA recently invited guest bloggers to share their thoughts on reasons why suicide continues to impact Indian Country to such an extent, and how building opportunities to talk about the issue can build hope. Content warning: These articles discuss issues that some community members may findView Article >

NAYA asks all staff to be vaxxed

As MNA first day approaches, NAYA asks all staff to be vaxxed Getting vaccinated is the best way to prevent the spread and severity of COVID-19. For months, NAYA has taken the strongest possible measures to keep its staff and clients safe during this pandemic. In response to the recent record-breaking surge in coronavirus casesView 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 launches political action fund

501(c)(4) organization will broaden political advocacy for Native community   The Portland-based Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), is pleased to announce the creation of the NAYA Action Fund, a 501(c)(4) social welfare organization which will amplify NAYA’s already-strong political advocacy and engagement. As a social welfare-classified organization, the NAYA Action Fund can conduct lobbying, electoral organizing for politicalView Article >

Remembering the 215

tw: physical, sexual abuse, suicide, substance abuse, child death NAYA offers its heartbroken prayers and condolences to all who have been impacted by news of the discovery of the mass gravesite of 215 children at a Canadian residential school. These prayers are for the families directly impacted, but also our Indigenous relatives around the worldView 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 >

May is Foster Care Awareness Month

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month. Click here to watch NAYA Foster Care Support Specialist Daryle Conquering Bear discuss the impact that NAYA’s support programs can make on the lives of our young clients. Currently, there are over 430,000 youth in foster care. Statistics show that Native American children are far more likely toView Article >

Meet Freya

“I think that NAYA’s housing program is very important. I think it’s life-changing for some people. If you can get involved in the program and you know what’s happening and you have the right person, I mean, they’re really awesome. They’re really awesome. They’re very supportive.” -Freya Meet Freya, who shares her story from beingView Article >

Commemorating one year of COVID-19

A Message from NAYA Executive Director Paul Lumley This past month marked one year since the COVID-19 pandemic required us to quarantine for the safety and protection of our communities. Across social media, you may have noticed friends and family posting different ways they’ve commemorated these “Quar-Anniversaries.” We at NAYA thought it a good ideaView Article >