EMPOWERING THE LIVES OF NATIVE AMERICANS IN THE PORTLAND AREA
a new year of community success
1. Deputy Director, Rey España, Latino/Yaqui, was an honored recipient of the 10th annual Oregon
Native American Chamber of Commerce Warrior Award. The award recognizes leaders that have made significant contributions to the business and economic development efforts of the Native American community. Read more about community leaders on page 2.
2. NAYA launched a grassroots effort to strategically plan our next steps as an
organization. We’ve asked community members, staff, and partners to participate in a survey identifying their vision for Portland’s Native community and the current obstacles for us to obtain that goal. Learn more about our civic engagement efforts and success stories on the new community page at nayapdx.org/community
3. The 11th annual NAYA Gala was a huge success, raising 2.
more than $350,000 for programs and services that impact more than 10,000 individuals a year in the greater Portland area. ECA graduate Elizabeth McConnell was the keynote speaker, and that evening NAYA debuted the Generations project video. Learn more and watch the video at nayapdx.org/generations
4. Gekinoo ‘amaaged akawe (First Teacher) Parenting group is a 3.
supportive network for parents to come together to learn spiritual growth, understand stress, attend PPS Parent Academy workshop, and many more engaging topics. Parents work with NAYA’s Parent Involvement Advocate to strengthen relationships with schools and children, and discuss ways to come together to support youth in educational goals. More info at nayapdx.org/parent-involvement
5. NAYA and Bow and Arrow Culture Club hosted the Winter 6. 7.
Gathering and celebrated the holidays with a community meal, crafting, and opportunity for youth to visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus. NAYA also brightened the holiday for 340 children and youth with a Christmas gift. Read more about the Winter Gathering on page 4.
6. Dan Foster, Paiute, is a Korean War and Vietnam War veteran, has been working
on a project memorializing the contibutions of Native American soldiers. His work is on display in the lobby at NAYA showing the countless hours and dedication he has put into this project. Read more on page 3.
7. The first Native Professionals and Friends Night of 2015 is February 12th at United Way, 5:30-7:30pm. This opportunity for community professionals to come together, network, and share stories is always a fun time. For more information about NAYA events visit our calendar at nayapdx.org/events