Nakani is a Tlingit word for a person or entity which serves as a connector and go-between for diﬀerent people and
The Nakani Native Program, led by Native people, recognizes the deep cultural conflicts that exist between mainstream society and Native Americans. Consequently, we advocate for equity and social justice so that we can enhance our lives, build our resilience, and contribute to the survival of all.
Supporting the Tribal Canoe Journey
Nakani provides technical support and training for the canoe families involved in the Tribal Canoe Journey.
Advocating for Tribal Sovereignty and Treaty Rights
Nakani monitors current struggles and informs the public on how they can support indigenous people’s interests.
Building Bridges Between Cultures
As a “go-between” Nakani provides education and cultural sharing opportunities for mutual enrichment of indigenous people and people from mainstream society.
What We Do
The Nakani Native Program was formed in 2017 after the American Friends Service Committee laid down its Northwest Indian Program. AFSC supported the former staff and committee members in forming a new nonprofit organization to carry on work grounded in the roots of sixty years of service to Pacific Northwest Native American communities.
“Nakani” is a Tlingit word for a person or entity which serves as a connector and go-between for different people, places and cultures.
Governed by a committee composed mostly of members of Native tribes, Nakani’s priorities reflect the perceived needs of Native communities. We discern these through frequent contact and involvement with our partner organizations.
Become a Volunteer Today
We are always looking for dynamic and passionate people to volunteer with Nakani Native Program. If you have Community Organizing, Non-profit, Fundraising or Development experience please contact us to see how you can help!
News & Updates
The Power Paddle to Puyallup has already begun, as more than 100 canoe families from far and wide have taken to the water for the journey to the final celebration. Bill Sterud, Chairman of the Puyallup Tribal Council, said the "Canoe Journey Restores Connections and...
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