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Apr 29, 2017
Paddle to Kalama
Kalama, Washington

The Cowlitz Canoe Family invites all canoe families to participate in this event to protest the proposed development of dirty fossil fuel development in Southwest Washington including a proposed project that would build the WORLD’s largest methanol gas refinery in Kalama, WA. Calling on all indigenous people and allies to act in solidarity with the Cowlitz Indian Tribe in opposing these projects.

Please register in advance! Sponsored by: Columbia Riverkeeper Website: Contact:

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Aug 15, 2017
Standing Rock Legal Update and Urgent Call to Action
The Eliot Center

You’re invited to a special evening with social justice attorneys Chase Iron Eyes and Daniel Sheehan of the Lakota People's Law Project.

In spring of 2016, a movement was born at Standing Rock. When the Dakota Access pipeline (DAPL) was rerouted to the reservation, endangering its sacred water supply, Lakota elders asked allies to rally to their cause, symbolized by the phrase: “Mni Wiconi—Water is Life.” Hundreds of thousands of you answered their call.

Revelations of illegal paramilitary tactics employed by private security firms against Chase and other peaceful water protectors on the front lines underscore that our very democracy is now at stake. This forum provides a unique opportunity to engage with two generational voices sharing first-hand accounts of this historic movement and the legal battles being waged in the Dakotas.

We invite you to join Chase and Danny for this exceptional evening. Together, let's continue to answer and advance the call to unite at this critical hour.

RSVP at our Eventbrite page and arrive on time with your tickets to be guaranteed admission.

About Our Speakers:

Chase Iron Eyes is a citizen of Standing Rock and a leading spokesperson for the NoDAPL movement. In February, following intense surveillance by militarized security forces, he was arrested and charged with two felonies by North Dakota law enforcement.

Daniel Sheehan is president of the Romero Institute and a renowned constitutional attorney. As chief defense counsel for Chase Iron Eyes, his legal strategy will expose the collusion between government, industry and militarized security to suppress Native populations and the right of all Americans to peacefully demonstrate.

This event is generously sponsored by Community for the Earth and First Unitarian Church, Portland. Email for more information.

Daniel Sheehan -

Constitutional lawyer. "Danny" played a key role in Pentagon Papers, Silkwood, and Iran-Contra. Leader of Romero Institute, formerly the Christic Institute

Lakota People's Law Project -

We work to end the long history of treaty violations and systemic corruption that has resulted in the loss of children and sacred lands for the Lakota people. #OurChildrenAreSacred #NoDAPL

Take action to defend Lakota sovereignty now at

Sep 5, 2017
Grandmother Moon Drummers
World Pulse

Join us for a Native Storytelling Event!

September 5th, 2017 @ World Pulse

411 NE 19th Ave. Bldg. 1, First Floor Portland, OR 97232

Doors at 5:30 pm -- Program at 6 pm

A $10 to $20 donation is suggested.

All donations will go directly to our Grandmother Moon Drummers who have traveled to share their gifts with us!

~ Meet our Grandmother Moon Drummers! ~

Gennie Morgan -- During her journey she has come to know herself as the “Gatherer of the People”. In this life's journey, she has brought many people together who have needed that connection with others, to share their stories and teachings. A member of the Sault Ste Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, in Sault Ste. Marie Michigan, Gennie has lived on the Great Lakes her entire life.

She has been the Drum Leader for the Grandmother Moon Drummers since 2010 — Beating to the RHYTHM of life In All that surrounds us.

The past 7 years Gennie has worked with the Museum of Ojibwe Culture, teaching the Native Traditions. She finds connection in ceremony of the water and keeping the water energy clean.

Gayle Christensen -- was born and raised in Michigan's Upper Peninsula (U.P) The land of the beautiful Great Lakes and truly someplace special. Gayle is of Native Decent but without any tribal affiliation. Her Ojibwa teachings come from the eastern end of the U.P while her Odawa teachings come from the Northern Lower Peninsula.

Her Potawatomi teachings and the language she carries comes from the Hannahville Indian Community located 30 miles from her home. These three tribes are known as the Three Fires Confederacy.

AkinoodinShkode Kwe (Earth Wind and Fire Women) is Gayle's Spirit name, and she says she is the Messenger for the Messengers. The Ancient ones who relay Messages to those who choose to listen and react to what was told to them, seek out people like herself, who then takes those visions and makes them come to life once again.

Sep 9, 2017
8th Annual Neerchokikoo Powwow & Community Honoring Ceremony
Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), 5135 NE Columbia

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.