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8th Annual Neerchokikoo Powwow & Community Honoring Ceremony

Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), 5135 NE Columbia
5135 NE Columbia Boulevard
Portland, OR 97218, US (map)



The Neerchokikoo Honoring Powwow has developed into a well-anticipated annual event at NAYA Family Center. The next annual event will be held on September 9th, 2017. We use this opportunity each year to honor members of our community for their contributions to the important work that NAYA does to enhance the lives of our youth, families, and Elders.

  • 11:00 AM Community Honoring Ceremony
  • 1:00 PM Grand Entry
  • 6:00 PM Community Meal
  • 7:00 PM Grand Entry

  • MC Ian Twiss, Sicangu Lakota

  • AD Frank Goes Behind, Nooksack
  • Host Drum- Four Directions
  • Color Guard- NIVA
  • Head Woman- Ashley Meanus, Oglala Lakota
  • Heam Man- Josiah Barney, Navajo/Burns Paiute


  • All Ages Jingle
  • All Ages Ladies Fancy Shawl
  • Other TBA

Since 2010, the powwow welcomes friends and families from the Native community, and the public to gather in festivities celebrating Native culture and tradition. This time is special for many as they share and practice Native dance, music, art, food and community. NAYA celebrates the tradition of powwow with drumming and dance for men and women of all ages. Our tiny tots exhibition dancing showcases the youth of our community, and throughout the day dancers of all generations step out to display their talent and pride in Native traditions and identity.

Sponsored by the Regionals Arts & Culture Council (RACC)

The Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA Family Center) was informally founded by parent volunteers in 1974 and became a 501(c)(3) organization in 1994. NAYA Family Center serves self-identified Native American youth and their families throughout the Portland, Oregon, metropolitan area.