City/County Info: 503-823-4000
1221 SW 4th Ave, Suite 110, Portland, OR 97204
The Portland Youth and Elders Council is a grassroots advocacy group that came into existence in 2004 as part of a regional effort to work on a community-generated strategic plan to reduce poverty in Urban American Indian/Alaska Native communities. Portland is the 23rd largest city in the U.S. but the Portland Metro area represents the 9th largest Native American Community in the U.S.Through the practice of traditional values, the Youth and Elders Council continues to address poverty and other community issues by focusing on community solutions at four strategic areas: Community Governance and Representation, Stable Housing for the Portland Native community, Economic Security, and building an Urban Indian Community Center.
We come together at monthly general council meetings which serve the Native community in a capacity that a neighborhood association would serve a certain geographical population. We are strong and vibrant and serve on many City and County Commissions, Councils and committees including: Human Rights Commission, PDX Planning Commission, Community/Police Relations Committee, United Way, Portland Indian Leaders Roundtable,Reynolds School District, Elders in Action, Oregon Native Chamber of Commerce, and Housing and Community Development Commission. We are strengthening relationships and bridging generations among our community members, engaging in cross-cultural sharing with our many neighbors in the City and helping to identify the common threads that bind us as community. One of our proudest accomplishments is to advocate for recognition of the historical significance our people hold in Portland public parks, most recently helping to realize a community dream by being part of the purchase of the Portland Public Schools Whitaker Lakerside property which was a historical Chinook Village site called Neerchokikoo and is now home to the Native American Youth and Family Center.