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Portland Parks & Recreation Celebrates Native American Family Day

Day-long Celebration on Saturday, November 28 in Conjunction with Native American Heritage Month

(Portland, OR) –

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) will host the 5th annual Native American Family Day and Marketplace at Mt. Scott Community Center on Saturday, November 28, 2015, from 10am-6pm.

The day-long event, free and open to all, is held during Native American Heritage Month to honor Native American heritage and culture.  Native American Family Day features free roller skating and swimming at the Mt Scott Community Center pool, family activities such as arts and crafts.  Enjoy Indian Tacos, other Native American food like fry bread, jewelry and other vendors, and more.

WHAT: 5th Annual Native American Family Day and Marketplace, part of Native American Heritage Month-games, crafts, cultural celebrations & food

WHERE: Mt. Scott Community Center, 5530 SE 72nd Ave.

WHEN: Saturday, November 28, 2015, 10am-6pm

“I look forward to the community coming together and celebrating the indigenous peoples of Portland and the surrounding area,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz.  “We are grateful to the many sovereign nations, organizations and individuals participating and are excited to showcase the services that are available to all of our neighbors, young and old.”

The 5th Annual Native American Family Day and Marketplace features

-Native American vendors

-Free swimming and roller skating

-Arts and crafts

-Indian tacos $5, Fry Bread $3 (to benefit the Bow and Arrow Culture Club and the Delta Park Pow Wow).

“We are grateful for our long and growing relationship with Portland Parks & Recreation,” says Sande Bea Allman, president of the Bow & Arrow Culture Club and an Oglala Tribal member.  “Providing culturally relevant activities for the many Native American families who live here, Native American Family Day brings many of our people together to share in PP&R's community center activities."

“It’s delightful to continue our celebration of the Native peoples of Portland and the surrounding area,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté.  “It is my hope that Native American Family Day will again bring neighbors together, and to strengthen our bond with indigenous people, organizations and nations in helping us to protect and enjoy our city’s beauty and diversity.”

Other partners in Native American Family Day are

  • Bow and Arrow Culture Club
  • Confederated Tribes of Siletz Indians
  • Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde
  • Metro
  • Native American Rehabilitation Association
  • Native American Youth and Family Center
  • Portland Youth and Elders Council
  • PPS Title VII Indian Education
    PSU Indigenous Nations Studies
  • Wisdom of the Elders

 

About Portland’s Native American Community

Portland is home to the ninth largest Native American population in the United States. The city’s urban Native community is descended from more than 380 tribes, and there are nine sovereign Native American nations located throughout Oregon. Each nation inhabits their own reservation and welcomes visitors in their own way, according to their respective customs and traditions. Source: Travel Portland