Portland, OREgon

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Founded by the community, for the community, NAYA is a family of numerous tribes and voices who are rooted in sustaining tradition and building cultural wealth. We provide culturally-specific programs and services that guide our people in the direction of personal success and balance through cultural empowerment. Our continuum of lifetime services create a wraparound, holistic healthy environment that is Youth Centered, Family Driven, Elder Guided.




Meeting with Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury.

Portland Native American Community Profile

Portland has the 9th largest Native American population in the United States (MSA, US Census 2000). We live here and we thrive here. We are numerous. The Portland Urban Native community is descended from over 380 tribes and many of us are multi-tribal and multi-ethnic. We represent varying degrees of tribal affiliation: some of us are tribally enrolled and some of us are not, but we all have ancestral ties to our tribes. Some of us are enrolled members of local tribes with reserved treaty rights to fish and gather in the Columbia and Willamette Rivers, but many of us are members or descendants of more distant tribes. We come to this city for as many reasons as there are clans and people, and our stories are powerful.


Community Priorities for the 2018 Election

NAYA Family Center and its board of directors have taking the following positions on the following ballot measures at the city, county, and state level.


  • Measure 26-199: Metro regional affordable housing bond

  • Measure 102: Oregon constitutional amendment; would allow for cities to use bond funding on privately owned affordable housing


  • Measure 105: Repeals law forbidding state resources from being used to apprehend individuals violating federal immigration laws

  • Measure 106: Prohibits public funds from being spent on abortions