Civic Engagement

Civic Engagement

We believe that cultural engagement is civic engagement. A strong sense of cultural identity naturally leads to a desire to participate in civic life. Native peoples are often underrepresented in Census figures and in political determinations. Making our strengths known and voices heard as a community is an important part of the work we do at NAYA.

As a 501(c)3 non-profit, NAYA does not engage in partisan political activity. However, our non-partisan work makes a big impact in our community. This happens through activities like registering and identifying voters, increasing voter turnout in elections, the Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable, and advocating on behalf of legislation and ballot initiatives that support our people.

May 2020 Primary Voting Guide

NAYA has compiled information on Portland’s mayoral candidates, Portland’s city council candidates, and ballot measures in Multnomah County. Candidates that did not respond to our questionnaire are not included in this guide. We encourage our community members to take a look at the voters pamphlet for a comprehensive list of candidates.

NAYA’s Advocacy Team is available to support you in making your decisions, mailing or dropping off your ballot, or to answer any questions you may have about the primary.

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NAYA’s Civic Engagement program is partially funded by the Multnomah Bar Foundation.