NAYA Family Center

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We know Native people are traditionally very generous. We give because we’ve been taught that a person’s wealth is measured by what they give, not what they have. BUT…on this BIG GIVE DAY there’s a little extra perk to being generous to NAYA today. Give $10 or more (Thursday only) and you could win an awesome Portland Trail Blazers Fan Package*! So consider donating to NAYA on this #BigGiveDay . We think your ancestors—and Dame—would be proud. *Two tickets with parking to the Portland Trail Blazers vs. Memphis (12/19/18) game, two tickets with parking to the Trail Blazers vs. Chicago game (1/9/19), and a jersey signed by Jusuf Nurkic!
NAYA is a proud Living Cully partner. Today’s “Sledge the Shack” event kicked off demolition of the old Sugar Shack to make way for 140 units of affordable housing built by Hacienda. #LivingCullyPlaza #pdxaffordablehousing #CommunityEmpowerment regram: @livingcully
Aztec Damcers at the #nayapowwow
You can find beautiful hand-crafted jewelry, basketry, pottery and much more this Saturday, September 15 at the Neerchokikoo #Powwow , - experience #NativeCulture and support Native #microenterpreneurs !
Five days ‘til the Neerchokikoo Powwow, this Saturday, September 15! Hope to see you there!
We’re excited to welcome back our Early College Academy (ECA) students - now two days into the new school year! With high fives from teachers and NAYA staff, and the support of their families and their community, we’re wishing them great success! #TeachCulture
It's First Food Friday! Today we are learning about wild strawberries. Easy to spot from their three serrated leaves and bright hanging fruits, wild strawberries have been traditionally gathered and consumed by Native peoples all across North America. . In her book Braiding Sweetgrass, Robin Wall Kimmerer writes "Strawberries first shaped my view of a world full of gifts simply scatted at your feet. A gift comes to you through no action of your own, free, having moved toward you without your beckoning. It is not a reward; you cannot earn it, or call it to you, or even deserve it. And yet it appears." #FirstFoodFriday #Tradition #Wellness
Would you like to own your own home, but don't know where to start? This Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. NAYA Family Center will be offering a free interactive class that takes you through every step of the home buying process (with lunch provided). Please contact Daniela Macias to pre-register at 503.288.8177 extension 273 or
Our 15th Annual NAYA Gala and Auction is coming up in just three months! This year we will be featuring another gorgeous messenger bag from the internationally renowned Haida artist and fashion designer Dorothy Grant. Voted one of the 100 Most Influential Women in British Columbia, and with work featured in the Canadian Museum of Civilization and Canada’s National Art Gallery, Grant has generously donated her work to NAYA for many years, and we are deeply thankful. See more of her incredible work at:
Our next Positive Indian Parenting class is taking place tomorrow, August 22nd, from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. This class will cover is Lessons of the Cradleboard. Please contact Kristen Bell to sign up at or 971-280-0194 (call or text). Food and childcare will be available for participants.
Ever wonder the best way to honor the host people of the land at your gatherings? Want to learn about what local tribal leaders say about land acknowledgments? Or what is the best way to honor Native American cultures and peoples? Please join PYEC tonight at NAYA Family Center for an informative discussion about Native American cultural protocols. 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. NAYA Cafetorium - 5135 NE Columbia Blvd
Did you know that three-fifths of all food crops grown today are native to North and South America? Foods like strawberries, corn, tomatoes, blueberries, and maple syrup all originate in Native American cultures. #FirstFoodFridays
TONIGHT is our Native Professionals and Friends Night! Come on down to Ecotrust and enjoy some good food with great people. This is an alcohol-free event that's open to everyone, Native and Non-Native alike, interested in making friends and building relationships. Details: 721 NW 9th Avenue 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Enrollment is open for NAYA's Early College Academy! Please share this flyer in your networks. Students must complete an admission packet AND attend an information session in order to enroll; please see the attached flyer for details on information sessions on 8/22, 8/29, and 9/5. This information is also available on our web calendar at #TeachCulture
Vendor applications are now open for the Neerchokikoo Powwow! Please note that we cannot guarantee everyone a spot, but we do our best to provide as many vendor spaces as possible. Applications accepted until this Saturday, August 18th. To apply, visit:
Last week the youth in our 9th Grade Counts summer program got to visit Western Oregon University, as well as Oregon State University’s Native American long house. #9thgradecounts #TeachCulture
Don't forget to register for our Native Professionals and Friends Night! One week from today we will be gathering on the roof of Ecotrust to enjoy Native-inspired food and drink, and hearing from Well For Culture founders Chelsey Luger and Thosh Collins.
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