The Portland region has a large, growing proud Native community grounded in our traditional worldview. Our united and connected community celebrates our multicultural and multi-tribal heritage as a source of strength. Our healthy community understands the connection between our environment, our culture, our spirituality and our wellness. Our economically secure families thrive and live in homes that provide stability and a place to practice culture and connection to community. Our successful businesses support the entire Native community and its prosperity.
Guided by our elders and trusted by the community, NAYA creates a place for our people to gather together and live the values of our own unique cultures. When the Native community thrives so does the entire Portland region. NAYA offers a wide array of comprehensive services and community-based solutions, including lifelong educational opportunities, cultural identity, leadership development, elders support, homes for families, early childhood programs, and paths to financial security based on traditional tribal values. We are committed to eliminating poverty, hunger, family violence, and homelessness. NAYA actively seeks new ideas and embraces thoughtful risks. NAYA is an urban center building strong partnerships and authentic relationships with tribes, organizations, communities of color, and our neighbors throughout the region. NAYA is lead by a board of directors that reflects the Native community, and all strategic decisions made throughout the organization are youth centered, family driven and elder guided.