Thank you for making this our best Gala & Auction ever!!!


Friday, November 17th, 2017 at the Portland Art Museum was the Northwest’s largest celebration of Native American Heritage Month at the 14th Annual NAYA Gala. The evening was a huge success!

The NAYA Gala is a wonderful 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 2017 Gala, thank you! You helped us to raise more than $385,000 for our programs and services. 

Your support helped 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:

  • 10 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.