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 >

NAYA’s Homeownership Program makes home buying attainable

(Pictured above: Past participant Elisha Big Back, Northern Cheyenne, in front of her new house)   As part of our efforts to build vibrant and sustainable Native communities in the Portland region, NAYA is closing the homeownership gap and turning dreams into reality through our Homeownership Program.  Let’s face it, the first-time homebuyers’ journey canView Article >

NAYA Youth Basketball: Turning Passion Into Life Lessons

Native people use sports as an expression of identity and pride, and as a way to stay rooted in community. This is especially true for NAYA, which was founded nearly 50 years ago around youth sports. Today, NAYA recreation and outreach programs continue the tradition of sports, using basketball to teach life lessons that goView Article >

IDAs: Building Inclusive and Resilient Communities

Empowering our communities to prosper and thrive through Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) Supporting community prosperity with a culturally centered approach is foundational to NAYA’s community economic development work. The Oregon Individual Development Account (IDA) is one very effective program NAYA offers that addresses the complex financial challenges experienced by BIPOC communities. NAYA and nine other community-based organizationsView Article >

NAYA 2022 Year in Review

Return to Community NAYA serves a large and diverse Native American community–60,000 people representing more than 380 tribes. Each member of our community has a unique pathway to thrive and prosper, and NAYA is dedicated to be in service to all. Here’s a look back at some of our acheivements of the past year:  View Article >

Welcoming the Community Home

Ribbon Cutting celebrates NAYA’s third affordable housing development in Cully neighborhood   The opening of Hayu Tilixam, meaning “Many Nations” in the Chinook language, was celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony last month. The third time Community Development Partners (CDP) and NAYA have partnered to provide housing in the Cully neighborhood, Hayu Tilixam offers 50 affordableView Article >