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Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

Native American Resources

Members of Portland’s Native community are descended from more than 380 tribes. Throughout Oregon there are nine sovereign Native American nations:

Native American pieces at a NAYA eventMore on Native American history in the Portland metro area. 

Travel Portland Native American events: Powwows, conferences and festivals in and around Portland. The calendar is updated in collaboration with 1000 Nations and Oregon Native American Chamber. 

Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board: NPAIHAB is engaged in many areas of Indian health, including legislation, health promotion and disease prevention, as well as data surveillance and research. 

Columbia Inter-tribal Fish Commission: The Commission coordinates management policy and provides fisheries technical services for the Yakama, Warm Springs, Umatilla, and Nez Perce tribes.

Native American Youth & Family Center: NAYA is a family of tribes and voices rooted in sustaining tradition and building cultural wealth. NAYA provides culturally-specific programs and services. Its continuum of lifetime services create a wraparound, holistic healthy environment that is youth-centered, family-driven, and elder-guided.

Native American Rehabilitation Association: NARA provides education, physical and mental health services, and substance abuse treatment that is culturally appropriate to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other vulnerable populations.

One Sky Center: One Sky Center seeks to improve prevention and treatment of mental health and substance abuse problems and services among Native people.

Legislative Commission on Indian Services: LCIS was created by statute in 1975 to improve services to Indians in Oregon. LCIS serves as the main forum in which Indian concerns are considered. It serves as a conduit through which concerns are channeled through the network to the appropriate entity; it serves as a point of access for finding out about state government programs and Indian communities; and it serves as a catalyst for bringing about change where change is needed.

Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of Interior, Portland: The Northwest Region implements and operates BIA programs for the benefit of tribes and individual Indians at 15 agencies and field stations in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and southeastern Alaska. There are approximately 94,150 Indian people of 45 federally recognized tribes living on or near reservations, which exceed 5 million acres in total size. The primary commercial quality natural resources include nearly 2.66 million acres of timberland and 165,000 acres of woodlands, over 4.8 million acres of Indian trust land, and a broad variety of commercial anadromous fish, shellfish, and other types of seafood harvested in both fresh and salt water.

Indian Law Resource Center: The Center provides legal assistance to indigenous peoples of the Americas to combat racism and oppression, to protect their lands and environment, to protect their cultures and ways of life, to achieve sustainable economic development and genuine self-government, and to realize their other human rights.

Native American Law Students Association, Lewis & Clark: NALSA works to educate the Lewis & Clark Community about legal issues affecting Native American and Alaskan Native communities, promote the study of Federal Indian law, and encourage interaction with local tribes.

Portland State University Native American Student & Community Center: PSU NASCC is a gathering space to celebrate and empower student success through culturally relevant programming, academic support, and inter-generational community engagement to preserve and perpetuate inter-tribal connection for Native American/Alaskan Native/Pacific Islander students and our allies through tradition, ceremony, and storytelling. 

Oregon Native American Chamber: ONAC helps members grow their business and connect to the community, and creates opportunities to meet, network, and build relationships with business and community leaders (Native and non-native) from across Oregon and SW Washington.