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.

Nakani Actions on COVID-19, May 2020


The Nakani Native Program is shifting priorities and operations to respond to the COVID-19 health crisis. 


The resources that we would normally obtain and provide to support the Tribal Canoe Journey, which has been cancelled for 2020, have been redirected to purchase survival supplies for unhoused people in Seattle.


With financial support from Healthier Here’s Medicaid Transformation Project

  • we have contracted with gatherers of traditional plant foods and medicines to distribute and provide traditional plant medicines to Native people, especially pregnant women
  • we have contracted with a Native organization to procure cloth face masks from tribal craftspeople on the Makah and Warm Springs reservations and distribute them to urban Native people.  

Under the Advocacy and Building Bridges programs, we have contracted with two well known experts to produce and present educational programs on Traditional Native Foods and Medicines, emphasizing the ecological and social importance of traditional ways, the damage done by industrial society and possibilities for reconciliation. 

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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.

Our Story

“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.

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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!


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News & Updates


Fossil Fuel Replacer Food Series

Stand Up to Oil Pacific NW Traditional Foods and Medicines: Restoring our Bodies, Spirits and Culture MAY 20, 2020 & MAY 22, 2020 Two Public Events ·Hosted by Nakani Native Program Presenters: Lindsey Crofoot  Wed., May 20 4-6:30 PM PDT Valerie Segrest   Fri. May...

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