Categoriy Archives: Community Stories

NAYA’s Early Head Start program reopens at Applegate Elementary School

Providing innovative and culturally-specific childhood programming is an essential part of NAYA’s mission to serve everyone from babies to elders. So, we’re excited to announce that NAYA’s Early Head Start program has reopened at Applegate Elementary School to help families and give kiddos a cultural “head start” on their educational journeys. “The classroom focuses itsView Article >

ARPA Grant Signals a Brighter and Safer Future at NAYA’s Campus

Establishing a permanent home for NAYA and our mission to serve Portland’s Native American community is a long-time dream. Thanks to the leadership of former Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, we are a huge step closer. $1.25 million in American Rescue Plan Act funds, aka ARPA funds, has been approved for NAYA campus upgradesView Article >

New year, new leadership

Responding to the growing needs of our community, NAYA continues to expand services, adding capacity in all areas. Months in the works, we are pleased to announce the addition of two key positions as we have restructured to manage our growth. We’re pleased to introduce Josh Groesz, who took the helm as Director of HousingView Article >

NAYA 2021 year in review

Stronger Together Watch our year-in-review video here.  Another year in the pandemic, and we continue to deliver the high impact services our community needs, adding much-needed capacity across all departments to support our youth, families, and elders. We are honored and grateful to be in service to our community! While our campus has remained closedView Article >

‘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 >

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 >