EMPOWERING THE LIVES OF NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE PORTLAND AREA
youth summer programming success 1. NAYA’s four summer programs were a success. Visit page 4 for photo recap on
Camp Nanich, Camp Rise, 9th Grade Leaders, and Camp Ascend and read about summer programming on our blog: nayapdx.org/blog
2. Community came to partake in Native American traditions, heritage and art at the annual Neerchokikoo Powwow. The powwow featured an honoring ceremony that celebrated community partners and volunteers. View more pictures on page 2 and visit NAYA’s Facebook powwow album.
3. Aspiring Native artist Alecia McConnell, Umatilla, met
Cecily and Cecil Quintana, the owners of Quintana Galleries, through NAYA’s Independent Living Program. The Quintana’s offered Alecia a summer internship and an opportunity to meet and work with some of the Northwest’s premier Native American Artists. Read more about Alecia’s story on page 7.
4. Chxi San Playgroup has resumed play days for children ages 0-5 3. 4.
to enjoy a structured environment with their parents and families. Children can interact with one another in culturally-specific play with books, toys, activities, and snacks. All are welcome. Visit nayapdx.org/events for the schedule.
5. The Spotted Eagle, Blackfeet, and Allman, Nez Perce/Sioux, family have been active NAYA participants for many years. The homeownership program supported the purchase of their first home in November 2013. Their journey included NAYA’s annual Homeownership Fair which provides resources for those renting, owning, and looking to purchase a home. Read more about the Spotted Eagle and Allman family on page 6.
6. NAYA’s Gala celebration will be held at the Portland Art Museum on Friday,
November 14th. Celebrating 40 years of service and Native American Heritage Month, the gala will bring together local leaders, Elders, and community members to support the work of educating youth and supporting families.
7. Four NAYA Youth experienced a week in Washington D.C. through the program
Democracy In Action. Youth received tours of the Capitol building, met with Congressional leaders, explored D.C., and contributed to drafting bills. Turn to page 5 or visit NAYA’s Facebook photo albums to view more pictures of these future leaders.