gala

Save the date for Friday, November 17th, 2017 at the Portland Art Museum to celebrate NAYA’s 14th annual Gala.

The NAYA Gala is Oregon’s largest celebration of Native American Heritage Month. An intimate gathering of nearly 600 of our community’s closest friends, the Gala is an opportunity to enjoy Native American cuisine, traditional dance performances, Native songs and drumming, and beautiful Indigenous art up for bid in our live and silent auction. The Gala is also a great place to meet with Native American community leaders and our allies from across the region. Representatives from tribes, foundations, businesses and non-profits come together to celebrate our community’s growth and continued success.

If you joined us for the 2016 Gala, thank you. You helped us to raise more than $350,000 for our programs and services.   Nearly 600 participants joined the event, held at the Portland Art Museum November 11th, 2016. The night started off with high spirited mingling during the silent auction, which contained 40 pieces of Native artwork, jewelry and experience packages. After folks had glamour shots taken, the party moved upstairs and enjoyed the ceremonial entry of the Color Guard, in honor of Veteran’s Day. One of our beloved Elders, Frank Alby, lnupiat, gave the opening prayer and our emcee Zeke Smith, Osage, took the stage. Dinner was served as some of our talented NAYA youth performed with dance and drum. Our live auction began, containing 13 pieces of original Native artwork and experience packages. The evening wrapped up with a final modern-meets-traditional performance by our NAYA youth. We are so glad you could join us for this memorable night.  Click here to see our Gala Glamour shots.

Your support helped us to provide essential services to the community such as our Housing to Homeownership Program, in which 110 people participated and prepared for home ownership, and twelve families were able to purchase their homes. Thanks to you, in 2016, NAYA’s holistic programs also helped:

  • 13 students graduate with high school diplomas from our Early College Academy, the only Native-focused high school in the Portland metro area. With culturally-rooted curriculum in Indigenous Language, Native American Literature, Art, Tribal Government and Marine Science, offered in tandem with required coursework, 65 students this year will create their paths towards graduation.
  • 814 youth take part in culturally-specific advocacy programs, including college and career services, homeless youth supports, alcohol and drug counseling and gang prevention advocacy.
  • 802 households receive Housing and Energy Assistance so that these families could remain in their homes – half of which were families with young children.
  • 14 families enroll in our newly opened Early Head Start program, providing much-needed support to working mothers and families by providing high-quality day-care for 29 toddlers.