Native Connect - Latest Issue

July 19, 2013 - updated


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Check website for the most updated information. We post incoming events and jobs throughout the month. Native Connect is a twice monthly publication which contains a listing of community events, job announcements and resources focusing on the Native American community in Portland, OR. This publication is sponsored by the Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable. We hope this serves as a useful resource to connect all our subscribers to great opportunities happening in the community. To submit an event announcement, email Lai-Lani to request a submission form.
Due Date: Forms must be submitted at least 3 business days before the 1st and 15th of each month to ensure inclusion in the issue. If you have a flyer of attachments, please include in the email with your announcement form.
Job announcements are summarized and may or may not have a link to the full job description. Please contact the organization directly for questions regarding application directions, salary, etc. Attention: Native Connect charges a nominal fee to non-Native organizations to advertise job postings online for 30 days. For more information, please email contact NAYA Family Center at 503.288.8177.

The Native American Community in Multnomah County: An Unsettling Profile
Download pdf of full report here.
This is the most widespread study of our local urban Indian community. This 118-page report is the result of a three-year partnership between the Native American Community, the Coalition of Communities of Color and researchers at Portland State University. Our main priority is to advocate for policy decisions that improve outcomes for the Native American community.


Movies in the Parks - Portland
Summer 2013


Movies in the Parks turns your local park into a living room.  Bring your blankets, chairs and snacks and snuggle in for movie time - a fun evening in your park for the entire family.  Don't forget your coats and even extra blankets because as soon as the sun goes down in can get pretty chilly when you are sitting still.
Pre-movie entertainment begins at 6:30 PM, including live performances by local musicians and free popcorn.  Movies begin at dusk.
  Download list of movies in the parks, dates, times, entertainment.

Portland Youth & Elders Council - welcomes canoe journey families
Monday July 22, 2013   3:00 PM

St. Johns Cathedral Park
Contact:  Donita Fry, PYEC Organizer, 503.288.8177 x 284,

Portland Youth and Elders Council and a number of NAYA elders have been working diligently on the Paddle to Quinault 2014 Canoe Journey. We would like to invite as many of the staff, youth and community members to join in welcoming canoes representing Coos-Lower Umpqua-Siuslaw, Coquille and Grand Ronde Tribal Nations on Monday, July 22nd beginning at 3:00pm as they land their canoes at Cathedral Park just below the St. John’s bridge in north Portland. We will be serving them a healthy and hearty continental breakfast early Tuesday morning before they launch their canoes and we invite as many community members to join in sending them on their way. If you are interested in supporting this effort please join us on those two days, Monday, the 22nd, at 3:00PM to greet them and Tuesday, the 23rd, at 6:30AM to send them off in a good way. For more information contact Donita S. Fry

Paddle to Quinault 2013
Landing date:  August 1, 2013 at Point Grenville, WA

Quinault Indian Nation (WA)

The Quinault Indian Nation and the Quinault Canoe Society will proudly host the Paddle to Quinault 2013 during the dates of August 1-6, 2013.  Back in 1989, Emmit Oliver, a Quinault Tribal elder organized the "Paddle to Seattle" as part of Washington State Centennial Ceremony revitalizing a tradition that was lost for many years, and that is canoeing.  We now know this as the Canoe Journey.  The Canoe Journey has become symbol of cultural revitalization on a national level; we can expect anywhere from 90 US Tribes, Candian First Nations and New Zealand to join the celebration.
The Canoe Journey creates opportunities for Tribal members to re-learn, strengthen and reinforce their canoe traditions.  There are many cultural values that are learned from the canoeing some include: pride, cultural knowledge, learning how to paddle, respect, and sense of achievment.  Check out the website for more info on history, maps, accomodations, volunteer info, news and photos. 

Jim Pepper Fest 2013
August 7 -10, 2013

Parkrose High School Performing Arts Center, Portland, OR
Buy tickets online:

Evening Peformances by:  Joy Harjo & the Arrow Dynamics Band; The Pura Fe Quartet; The Free Spirits Reunion; Larry Coryell, Ra-Kalam Bob Moses, Chris Hills and Columbus Chip Baker with Special Guests; The Keith Secola Band.  Tickets on-sale now at:

The Flying Eagle Main Stage is an outdoor venue. Admission to the Flying Eagle Main Stage, vendors and exhibit areas, including the National Museum of the American Indian traveling exhibit, is free to the community. We are grateful to our sponsors and contributors for making this gift of free admission possible.

We are requesting donations of two items of nonperishable food for the Oregon Food Bank, and cash contributions to the Oregon Cultural Heritage Commission, a 501(c)3 non-profit, celebrating its 25 years of discovering, celebrating and commemorating "Oregon's diverse literary and cultural legacy, raising awareness through media, memorials, and public events."

Healthy Relationships Training of Trainers
Native Wellness Institute
August 13-15, 2013

Billings, MT
For more info:  Jillene Joseph, Executive Director, Native Wellness Institute, 503.666.7669,

The Leading the Next Generations Healthy Relationships Curriculum is an innovative tool founded in Native culture and teachings. The Native Wellness Institute developed it specifically for Native couples, people and communities.
Healthy couples raise healthy children who will, in turn, rebuild the foundation for healthier Native communities.  The Healthy Relationships Curriculum and training combines the teachings of our Native ancestors with the realities of today's world.  Using the curriculum can lead to balance of the mind, body and spirit by creating and strengthening healthier relationships with partners, families and communities.

Download training brochure for detailed info on training topics and how to register. 

Free Cooking Classes for Adults
Summer Classes at Oregon Food Bank
Various dates and locations - see description below
For info and to register, contact Lina, 971.250.2714,

Join Oregon Food Bank for a 6 week course that will teach you how to prepare nutritious and affordable meals!  Tuesdays at OFB, 7900 NE 33rd Dr., July 23- August 27, 10 AM -12PM.  Wednesdays at OFB Beaverton, 1870 NE 173rd Ave., July 31 - Sept 4, 6 PM - 8 PM.  Call Lina to register.
Receive a free book with tips & recipes.  Learn to shop smart at the store!  Practice recipes at home with free ingredients.  This curriculum is designed for participants who are cooking and shopping for their households.  Classes are open to households at or below 200% of the federal poverty guidelines, $3842/month for a family of four.  Download flyer.  Check out the website:

NAYA Family Center & OCDC - OPK Head Start Classroom
2727 SE Anderson Rd., Gresham, OR 97080
Contact: Lorne James, 503.288.8177 x 218,

This OPK Head Start classroom is a collaboration between the Native American Youth & Family Center and the Oregon Child Development Coalition. Head Start is a free preschool, federal and state funded program for low-income families and for children with disabilities or special needs. To qualify: Child(ren) must be 3 years old on or before September 1st and potty trained. ***Required Documents needed for eligibility: NAYA General Intake, Copy of ID, Proof of Income, WIC & Insurance Cards, recent Well Child Check & Dental Exam, and up to date Immunization Records.

OCDC Head Start Schedule: Tuesday - Friday, 12:30 PM - 3:30 PM, lunch and afternoon snack provided.
School Bus transportation is available with pickups and drop offs starting and ending at NAYA Familiy Center.

Your child will receive an excellent preschool experience and your family will receive assistance and information for health and social services needs.
Head Start encourages parent involvement at all levels. We want you to be an active parent. Your child will appreciate it too! Please contact NAYA Head Start Family Advocate for more information on enrollment qualifications or to schedule an eligibility appointment.

Siletz Tribal Head Start
Locations in Portland, Salem, Lincoln City and Siletz
Call for an application to be sent to you: 1-800-922-1399 ext 1376.

Sign up now for the Head Start school year 2013-2014. The Siletz Tribal Head Start Program offers a developmentally appropriate and Native American culturally relevant preschool experience. Our program has highly qualified and professional staff. Our program supports the individual growth for each child and offers activities to promote their physical, social-emotional, language and cognitive development. The Siletz Tribal Head Start Program also extends services to support the families of the children enrolled an offers parent skill building activities and family support services that are responsive to their needs.
We are accepting applications for children who will be ages 3 or 4 on or before September 1st. A preference for enrollment can be given to families which face any of the following conditions: Single parent household, parents separated or divorced, child is a victim of abuse or neglect. Sibling attended the program, child is an out of home placement, child suffers a non-handicapping medical condition, child has a diagnosed disability, or children who are Native American. You do not have to be Native American to apply or attend our program.


American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Professional Chapter Meetings
Every second Tuesday of each month, Noon - 1:00 PM

911 NE 11th Avenue, Room 110, next to the BPA cafeteria
Questions can sent to Don Motanic, 503-282-4296,

NARA Youth Night
Thursday Evenings, Dinner at 5:30 PM, Activities: 6:00 8:30 PM

12360 SE Burnside, Portland, OR 97233
Contact: Shane Lopez-Johnston, 503.953.6071,
or Solomon Trimble, 503.953.6496,

All youth ages 9-21 Have fun! Play pool, foosball. Activities that are - Recreational, Cultural, Spiritual, Educational. All youth ages 9-21 Have fun! Play pool, foosball. Activities that are - Recreational, Cultural, Spiritual, Educational.

Northwest Indian Veterans Association (NIVA)
Meets first Wednesday of each month, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Bldg. D-7, 3rd Floor, Columbia Room, Vancouver Division, PVMAC,
1601 East Fourth Plain Blvd.. Vancouver, WA 98661
Contact: Robert Littlefox, 360.696.4061 x 33412, Fax: 360.737.1414

Oregon Native American Chamber Meeting
Last Wednesday of each month, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM, Next date: July 31, 2013

Location to be announced.
MUST RSVP for this luncheon with: Eddie Sherman, Executive Director,

Portland American Indian Elders - Potlucks
First and Third Sundays, Potluck-Meeting-Social--On SUMMER HIATUS - will resume in Fall 2013
Contact: Frank Alby, Secretary, 503.740.9644,

Pi Nee Waus
Tuesday Evening Potluck Dinners, 5:30 PM
Location: Southeast Multicultural Center, SE 45th & SE Belmont, Portland, OR 


The following job announcements are summarized. Please contact the individual organization directly for full job description, requirements, salary and application materials and directions.
Attention: Native Connect charges a nominal fee to non-Native organizations to advertise job openings. For more information or to submit a job posting, please contact NAYA Family Center.

Columbia River Inter Tribal Fish Commission
The Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission's mission is to ensure a unified voice in the overall management of the fishery resources, and as managers, to protect reserved treaty rights through the exercise of the inherent sovereign powers of the tribes.
Resumes and applications are only accepted when openings are available. Enrolled members of federally recognized Indian tribes who are interested in future employment opportunities may contact Human Resources directly. Deanna Jim-Juarez, 503.238.0667,
View All CRITFC Employment Opportunities:

Metro Regional Government
Metro provides services, programs and public venues to help create an economically, culturally and environmentally vital region. We work with communities to better serve our citizens and visitors. Metro operates the Oregon Convention Center, Oregon Zoo, Portland Center for the Performing Arts and Expo Center. We also provide services to the region, including transportation planning, growth management, solid waste system management and recycling services, and regional parks and natural areas. One of the ways we carry out our agency’s mission is we embrace the diversity of all our employees, customers and residents of our growing region.

Metro is seeking people with a variety of experience and backgrounds to support the many projects and new and expanded programs funded by the parks and natural areas levy.

Do you have experience working with community groups, teaching classes or recruiting volunteers? Are your skills in finance or vegetation management? Explore current job listings for an opportunity to use your unique skills, talents and training on a Metro team.

A number of new levy-related positions are currently open for recruitment and others are slated to open in the near future. Please frequent our website to see new positions as they come available, or complete a job interest card online to receive email notification of new job opportunities related to your areas of interest.

To apply for jobs with Metro:
Visit our website for a complete listing of current job openings and a link to our online hiring center. A computer application kiosk is available at Metro Regional Center, 600 NE Grand Avenue, Portland, Oregon. The kiosk will be open during regular office hours – 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you need further assistance with your application, please call us at 503-797-1570. Metro is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Native Arts & Cultures Foundation
Executive Associate (Vancouver, WA)                                                                             Open Until Filled
This high-level position provides mindful executive support to the President/CEO of the Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) and is responsible for ensuring the administrative functions of the Executive Office run smoothly, including the office's work with the Board of Directors, National Leadership Council and related committees in compliance with the employee handbook, business ethics, confidentiality practices and all other policies and procedures.   Detailed job description here.
Interested candidates should apply promptly, as the position is open until filled with a desired start date before August 1, 2013. To apply, email a resume and cover letter to
Elizabeth Madrigal at:
Information about the foundation and a copy of the attached job description are available at:

Native American Youth & Family Center
NAYA Jobs website:
NAYA Family Center's mission is to enhance the diverse strengths of our youth and families in partnership with the community through cultural identity and education. Application procedures: Interested candidates should submit a cover letter addressing their qualifications for the position and why they are interested in joining the NAYA Family Center team. Please also enclose a NAYA Application and your resume. Applications and the official position description can by obtained at our website or by contacting the office. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered. Due to the sheer number of applicants, only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. Please respect our no phone calls policy. Please send application materials to: Karin Hinze, Human Resource Manager,

Gang Prevention Advocate                                                                          Open Until Filled
Temporary, full-time, non-exempt.  The Gang Prevention Advocate works with youth identified as at risk for gang involvement by providing prevention activities designed to build and strengthen their identity and role within the Native community.  This position is responsible for intensive case management of approximately 40 youth per school year.  The Gang Prevention Advocate acts as a communication hub between clients and their parents, teachers and school officials.  Primary duties are related to direct service activities (75%), with the remainder of time dedicated case management activities, such as record keeping, data entry and client file administration (25%). 

Early College Academy Classroom Teacher - Math                       Open Until Filled
Click here to learn more about the ECA's hiring practices. 
Regular, Full-Time, Exempt.  The Early College Academy (ECA) Classroom Teacher is responsible for the instruction and supervision of students.  The ECA Classroom Teacher functions in accordance with the established NAYA Family Center policies, rules, regulations and the performance standards and goals established for the teacher.  The ECA Classroom Teacher works with individuals and in groups to accomplish the objectives of the program in a school that offers students and their families a supportive, culturally responsive learning environment and the opportunity for increased high school and college acheivement. 

Construction Technician Trainer                                                      Open Until Filled
Regular, Full Time, Non-Exempt. This position is involved in activities related to construction on all NAYA properties and contracted projects. NAYA's construction training program is conducted in a work environment designed to enable individuals to learn a bona fide skill and/or qualify for a particular occupation through demonstration and practice. This position is responsible for overseeing the development and training of Construction Technician Interns participating in the construction training program.

Construction Technician Intern                                                         Open Until Filled
Temporary (limited duration, not to exceed 1,000 hours), Full Time, Non exempt, Six month internship. The Construction Technician Intern receives training for and participates in activities related to construction projects on all NAYA properties. Training areas include basic construction and safety standards, as well as developing team building skills.
This position aids in monitoring NAYA Family Center facilities and properties in coordination with the Asset Manager, reporting issues as they arise, and working to resolve problems (either internally or in cooperation with contractors). The internship is designed to be completed in approximately six months, upon which a certificate of completion is awarded based on satisfactorily meeting training and performance goals. Successful completion of an internship may lead to future eligibility for employment as an On-Call Construction Technician.

Facilities Custodian Intern                                                                    Open Until Filled
Temporary (limited duration, not to exceed 1,000 hours), Part-Time, Non-exempt. This position aids in monitoring the facilities and properties in coordination with a Facilities Team, reporting issues as they arise and working to resolve problems either internally or in cooperation with contractors. Position duties include custodial activities, security, and general maintenance on all NAYA properties.

Housing Development Manager                                                                   Open until filled
Regular, Full-time, Exempt. Housing development is a key asset building and wealth creation initiative for members of the Portland area’s Native American community, aimed at poverty reduction for the residents in NAYA Family Center’s Housing Development ventures. This position is responsible for the development of multi-family housing, single-family housing and community facility projects for NAYA and helps determine the course of NAYA’s housing development program. This position directs and facilitates a full spectrum of activities, from the predevelopment phase all the way through lease-up or sale. This position requires strong advocacy of Nativecommunity housing issues, and an understanding of the challenges faced by the urban Native community to City, County and federal officials (including the Housing Commission of Portland).
This position requires strong project management skills, and an ability to apply in-depth knowledge of housing finance principles and procedures. This position also requires active collaboration with local and state housing and community development systems, grants management of federal, local and foundation funds, community partnership building, fundraising, housing development financing, land trusts, shared equity ownership models, and coordination of housing technical support services for project development. This position also supervises departmental staff involved in the housing program.

Assistant Director of Finance                                           Open until filled
Full-Time, Exempt. This position is responsible for providing direction, support, and strategic leadership for the Native American Youth and Family Center. The position reports to the Director of Operations and Finance, has direct oversight of the finance department, and works in conjunction as a member of the operations and finance management team in the coordination of fiscal management, asset management, and operations.

Ongoing Job Openings at NAYA

On-Call Community Reception Support Staff:        Always Accepting Applications
On-Call Kitchen Assistant:       Always Accepting Applications
Early College Academy Substitute Classroom Teacher:       Always Accepting Applications

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board
Jobs & Opportunities page:

Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)

Work for Art, a workplace giving program of the Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC), is seeking temporary assistance this fall, 30-40 hours per week between August 27-November 15. Responsibilities include representing arts organizations at tabling events, drafting informational documents, manipulating reports in Excel, merging acknowledgment letters in Word, telephone and email communications, and numerous clerical tasks. For a detailed job description and application instructions, visit is an equal opportunity workplace.

United Way of the Columbia-Willamette


Vice President-Corporate Relations
United Way of the Columbia-Willamette is hiring a VP-Corporate Relations, responsible for creating and implementing strategies and building relationships that will significantly increase revenue within UW’s portfolio of corporate accounts. Working with and managing the Corporate Relations Team, the VP-Corporate Relations is responsible for developing a long-term vision and strategy for fund-raising within UW’s corporate partners, including fund-raising metrics and goals. Master’s degree; 8+ years consultative sales experience; focused sales/marketing experience with an applied emphasis on customer relationship building; minimum 5 years supervisory experience; or a comparable combination of education and experience. Hiring Range: $80,000-$105,000 DOE. Position open until filled. For a full job description and to apply, go to:   An Equal Opportunity Employer.

YouthVillages ChristieCare of Oregon

In 2011, Youth Villages merged with ChristieCare, an organization that has served thousands of children and families in Oregon since 1859, the year the state was founded. This tradition carries on through residential treatment for children with emotional and behavioral problems at the Christie Campus in Lake Oswego and supplemental residential programs and activities.
Jobs list:

Tribal Relations and Cultural Coordinator
Youth Villages’ Residential Treatment programs serve children with emotional and behavioral problems. Our residential campuses provide the setting for an intensive treatment program that combines the unique balance of structure and freedom. This enables children and their families to identify, understand and cope with their individual needs and develop the skills necessary to succeed in less restrictive settings. There are three locations in the Portland area where Youth Villages-ChristieCare of Oregon serves culturally diverse youth.
Position Overview:  Coordinates cultural consultation and activities to support effective cultural integration of treatment. Provides appropriate training, marketing and development support to Oregon community and residential services.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
• Cultural, Traditional & Spiritual Consultation and Activities
• Organize Sweats, Circle Talks, traditional gathering
• Coordinate Native cultural activities at Cedar Bough and the community as needed
• Assist other agencies with cultural awareness and information as needed
• Facilitate meetings and groups as requested
• Coordinate material needed for cultural projects and ceremony
• Coordinate client participation in cultural and traditional activities within the Native American community(s)
• Provide Native American informational trainings to staff, teachers, management and others as needed
• On-going cultural appropriateness ‘question and answer’ for all YV-CCO staff, via email, phone or in person.
• Coordinate with school to have cultural curriculum alignment
• Elder and Tribal Visits
• Make sure all Elders have been approved via volunteer application.
• Coordinate tribal visits and events working with Development office

Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation
420 Howanut Road, PO Box 536, Oakville, WA 98568
Phone: 360.273.5911,

Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Suislaw Indians
Job Opportunities:

Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
Human Resources, 1-800-422-0232
Check out Job Opportunities for external position announcements:

Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
Job Opportunities:

Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation
CTUIR Human Resources Office, 541.276.3570
Job Opportunities:

Confederated Tribes of Warms Springs
Job Opportunities:

Coquille Indian Tribe
Job opportunities

Quinault Indian Nation
Job Openings:

Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Lummi Tribe

Shoshone-Bannock Tribe


27th Annual Seafair Indian Days
July 19 - 21, 2013

Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center, 3801 W. Government Way, Seattle, WA, Discovery Park
Vendors Contact:  John Romero, 206.498.7640. Harris, 206.285.4425,

Grand Entry: Friday at 7 PM, Saturday at 1 PM & 7 PM; Sunday at 1 PM.  MC: Jerry Meninick; Host Drum: Red Bull.  Traditional Salmon Dinner.  Admission - FRI: Free Family Night; SAT & SUN : $5 (Admission funds go towards cost and production of pow wow.
We are in need of many volunteers for this event.  Please contact our volunteer coordinator if you are interested! or call 206.285.4425.

Mni Wiconi Wacipi Living Waters Family Camp & Powwow
July 25 - 28, 2013 (Camp July 25-28) Powwow - July 27, 2013 Grand Entries, 1:30 PM & 7PM

Aldergate Conference Center & Campground, 7790 Marion Road, Turner, OR
   click here for map

Traditional Powwow - July 27, 2013. Head Man Dancer: Robert Kolin, Turtle Mt. Band of Chippewa, Assiniboine, Penobscot, Turtle Mt. ND; Head Lady Dancer: Michelle Kordatzky, Pendleton, OR, Member of the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation. Arena Director: Don Moccasin, Nakota, Poplar, Montana. MCs: Vincent Yellow Old Woman, Siksika, Siksika Nation, Alberta and Bryan Brightcloud, Chiricahua Apache, Los Angeles, CA. Host Drum, Four Directions, Portland, OR and High Rock Youth Drum, Yakama, WA.
This is a relaxed family/community oriented non-competition traditional powwow to honor and celebrate the best of Native people and culture. All Dancers and Drums welcome! Dinner is at 5pm. Specials and entertainment to be announced. This is a public celebration and all are welcome!
For vendor information, contact Gary Foster:

3 Days of Aloha in the Pacific Northwest
July 25 - 17, 2013
   (See dates, times and locations below)
Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA
Download events flyer.

Hula and Craft workshops: July 25 & 26 at Red Lion, Jantzen Beach.  Workshop registration now open (there are fees for each workshop offering).  Hula dancers and crafters of Hawaiian arts pilgrimage from around the globe to attend this one of a kind workshop. With preeminent master instructors from Hawai`i, the workshop offers instruction on dance, language, chant, history, current Hawaiian issues, music and cultural crafts. This year we are hosting na kumu hula Vicky Holt Takamine, Robert Cazimero, and Manu Boyd. Crafts include featherwork, basketweaving, lei making, and Hawaiian stamp. New this year is Hula Pu`uwai, a seated hula for dancers with physical disabilities.

Thursday Night, 7/25 Pa'ina at 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM, Red Lion, Jantzen Beach.  Dress up in your Aloha attire and celebrate with live music and dancing with particpants from across the globe. Rub elbows with the kumu and maybe, just maybe, they might play a song or dance a hula or two. This is an all ages and free event. Pupus and drinks available for purchase.

Friday, 7/26  Hapa Haole Hula Competition. 5:00 PM at Ester Short Park, Vancouver, WA.  Join us for a throw back to this early modern era of hula & music. In keeping with the hapa-haole tradition, all songs within each category must be sung in English and the theme of the performance must be about Hawai`i. The era of music must be from the 1900 to 1959 period when classic Hapa Haole music was at it's prime. Prizes and recognition will be awarded to the winners. Winning soloists and groups will be showcased at the following day’s Ho`ike and Hawaiian Festival.

Ho'ike and Hawaiian Festival, 7/27, 10AM - 7 PM, Ester Short Park, Vancouver, WA.  Over 10,000 visitors have swayed to the rhythm as hula dancers and Polynesian singers filled the park with the heartbeat of their cultures. Raffles, keiki (kids) activities, arts and crafts, business and delicious food vendors round out this two day long outdoor festival which is now considered the third largest annual event at Esther Short Park.  New this year is the 'Ke Kukui Cultural Corner"' offering traditional Hawaiian games such as `ulu maika, moa pahe`e and konane, and fresh leimaking with makers in costume. Bring a low backed chair or blanket and enjoy the tropical festivities.

PiNeeWaus Elders Summer Picnic
July 27, 2013 Noon

Creston Park - 42nd & Powell (Portland, OR)
for more info contact: Jacki Graywolfe, Coordinator 503.830.4428 or Bobbi Graywolfe, Elders Assistant, 503.841.8290

Potluck - Bring your favorite dish. Bingo & raffle. 50/50 drawing.

50th Annual Shoshone-Bannock Festival
August 8-11, 2013

Powwow Grounds, Exit 80, Fort Hall, Idaho
For more info: 208.680.2516

Grand Entries - FRI. at 7PM; SAT at 1 pm & 7 pm; SUN at 1pm.  Host Drums: Northern Host Drum - Iron Boy, Shakopee, Minnesota, Lead Singer, McAllen Garvin.  Southern Host Drum: Southern Boyz, Lawton, OK, Lead Singer - Kelly Cable.  MC: Ruben Littlehead, Lame Deer, MT.  & Howard (Howie) Thomson, Carry the Kettle, Saskatchewan, Canada.  
Miss Shoshone-Bannock Special:  Teen girls vs. Women's Fancy Shawl ages 13+.(Sat. Aug. 10, evening session)

Omak Stampede Indian Encampment
August 8 - 11, 2013

401 Omak Ave, Stampede Arena, Omak, WA

Sponsored by the Colville Confederated Trives, the annual Indian Encampment and Pow wow heald at the Omak Stampede Grounds is a traditional gathering.  The Indian Encampment features an authenic teepee village, dancing, drumming and singing competitions and stick games. 

Annual Nesika Illahee Powwow
August 9 - 11, 2013

Pauline Ricks Memorial Powwow Grounds, Government Hills in Siletz, OR
For more information Contact: Buddy Lane, Cultural Education Director, 1.800.922.1399 x 1230 or 541.444.8230

All Drummers and Dancers welcome. The Nesika Illahee Powwow is a drug and alcohol free event. We are not responsible for accidents, lost or stolen items. Vendor registration is required. Camping: $25 trash fee, $5 pet fee/per pet (camping area).

27th Annual Restoration Celebration -The Klamath Tribes
August 23-25, 2013

Chiloquin, OR
Contact:  800.524.9787 x 147
Save the date:  Neerchokikoo Pow wow & Honoring
September 14, 2013

Native American Youth & Family Center, 5135 NE Columbia Blvd., Portland, 97218


17th Annual MacLaren YCF's Annual Traditional Pow Wow
September 14, 2013   Open at: 10 AM;  Grand Entry at 12PM;  Ends at 4:30 PM

2630 N Pacific Hwy, Woodburn OR 97071
Contact:  Steve Llanes, Native American Service Coordinator,, Cell: 971.246.0713.  Work:  503.981.2501

Dancers and Drummers Invited!  MC: Phillip Archambault.  Whip Man: Ed Goodell.  Chemawa Indian School Group. NARA All Nation Drum Group.  MacLaren Sacred Spirit Drum Group.  Download event flyer.

8th Annual Dancing in the Square Powwow
Sept. 27, 2013 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM Grand Entry: 3:30 PM

Pioneer Square, Downtown Portland, OR

MC: Gilbert Brown. Whipman: Ed Goodall. Host Drum: Four Directions. First 4 drums registered will be paid. Please register prior to event. Vendor & Educational Booths, please contact Lisa Griggs: 503-416-3269,
Download the flyer. 


Portland Housing Bureau's Mortgage Credit Certificate Program (MCC)
Click here to read the article.

The Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) partners with local lenders to offer eligible first-time homebuyers a federal tax credit called a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC). An MCC is an IRS-approved tax credit which reduces the homebuyer's federal income taxes owed as long as they keep the loan, continuously occupy the home as their principal residence, have a tax liability, and utilize the MCC when they file their taxes.

The tax credit helps the homebuyer increase their disposable income and therfore more comfortably afford their monthly house payments. The maximum amount of the MCC tax credit equals 20 percent of the annual mortgage interest paid on the homebuyer's first mortgage loan. For underwriting purposes and depending on the type of loan utilized, the amount of the monthly tax credit can either be added to the homebuyer's income or subtracted from their qualifying monthly house payment resulting in increased buying power for the homebuyer.

Oregon Child Development Coalition
Early Headstart Home Visiting Program for Pregnant Moms and Parents with Children 0-3
Contact: Nichole Steele, EHS Home Visitor, 503.663.0896 x 2214, 503.704.9338,
We are enrolling expectant moms and parents 19 or younger with children ages 0-3 in a Home Based Early Head Start Program. They may be older than 19 if they became parents at 19 or younger or became pregnant at 19 or younger. Download recruitment flyer.

Community Services Resource Guide - Link to pdf document with list of contact information.

Looking for an affordable place to rent?
Find available, affordable and accessible housing. This is a FREE local website for renters, landlords and agencies. Housing searches include detailed descriptions with photos and floorplans, maps of nearby parks, grocery stores, schools, transportation and more. includes both subsidized and private market housing throughout the Portland region including Clackamas, Clark, Multnomah and Washington counties.

Multnomah County Emergency Food Box
Download and share this information for individuals and families who need assistance. List, days & time, Contact info.


Be a Volunteer Mentor: Help NAYA Family center Youth through their educational journey
Contact: Tamara Henderson, NAYA Family Center, 503.288.8177 x 296,

Volunteer to mentor youth and make a difference in the lives of young people. At a time when a college degree is more important than ever, youth involved with the Native American Youth and Family Center are currently in need of mentors to help them through the college going process. Many youth believe their future is limited as the college going process is overwhelming and they don’t know where to begin.
Help change their future by volunteering as an ASPIRE mentor/advisor with the Native American Youth and Family Center. You will receive training on admissions and financial aid to colleges and vocational schools. You don’t have to be a college graduate to learn the process. All it takes is two to four hours per week!
For more information on how you can become an ASPIRE mentor at NAYA Family Center and help a young person (or two) through their educational journey, please contact Tamara Henderson.
For more information on the ASPIRE program, which is administered by the Oregon Student Access Commission, please visit:


National Indian Child Welfare Association
Carmen Farmer, 503.222.4044 x 111,
ICWA is seeking an intern with video editing skills to create campaign videos for our Native Ways Federation project, as well as videos highlighting NICWA’s annual conference and other events. Other projects may include updating media contact lists, creating newsletters and Constant Contact emails for our Native Ways Federation project, and other media and communications-related work.
Available June 3, 2013. Open until filled.
Contact: Carmen Farmer, Operations Specialist 503-222-4044 x111 or
For more details, see the Internship page on our website:

Potlatch Fund
All Fall 2013 Grant Cycles Now Open
Deadline - Friday, July 19, 2013

Native Arts - download the application.  Community Building - download the application.  Language Preservation - download the application.  More info, please visit website: