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. Your support ensured nearly 600 participants joined the event, held at the Portland Art Museum November 11th, 2016. The night started off with high spirits and mingling during our silent auction, which containing 40 pieces of Native artwork, jewelry and experience packages. After folks had some 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 MC Zeke Smith, Osage, took the stage. Dinner was served as some of our talented NAYA youth performed with dance and drum. Our silent auction began, containing 13 pieces of original Native artworks and experience packages and our guest speaker took the stage. The evening wrapped up with a final modern meets traditional performance from our NAYA youth. We are so glad you could join us for this memorable night. You helped us to raise more than $350,000 for our programs and services.  Click here to see our Gala Glamour shots.

A Snapshot of Your Impact in 2015-16

  • NAYA participants are: Youth 46%, Adults 40%, elders 14%
  • NAYA directly served 2,261 youth, adults and elders in 2015-16
  • NAYA’s programs impacted more than 9,755 people in 2015-16, 3,600 of them were children
  • NAYA’s Early College Academy enrolled 94 students
  • Clients received an average of 36 hours of service
  • Clients received 80,000 hours of service total, from 34 programs