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Nakani is a Tlingit word for a person or entity which serves as a connector and go-between for different people and
cultures.
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. 

How You Can Get Involved

Call (206) 799-5719 to Donate Or Contact Us to get Involved

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.

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!

 

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News & Updates

Blog

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...

Support the Canoe Journey: Honoring Our Medicine!

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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Native American tribes' pandemic response is hamstrung by many inequities

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Building a better data report

Building a Better Data Report with Johns Hopkins Partnerships
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Letter from the editor: The case for collaboration

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Minneapolis Youth Center Catches Fire in Riot — Native News Online

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Tweet Breaking News Published May 29, 2020 MINNEAPOLIS — Migizi Communication, a 40-year-old American Indian youth organization, was set on fire early Friday morning in Minneapolis as the city ... See more

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Robin Wall Kimmerer: 'People can’t understand the world as a gift unless someone shows them how'

Thank you Dr. Kimmerer! You've done so much to wake people up to the real necessities of our time!

"Kimmerer often thinks about how best to use her time and energy during this troubled era. Though ... See more

Her book Braiding Sweetgrass has been a surprise bestseller. The nature writer talks about her fight for plant rights, and why she hopes the pandemic will increase human compassion for the natural ... See more

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Hundreds of non-medical masks with Indigenous flair made for First Nations communities | CBC News

Great work! Nakani is funding a similar effort through Andrea Alexander's Tribal Technologies program.

A professor from Thompson Rivers University has made 700 non-medical masks using fabric with Indigenous designs for First Nations communities all over B.C., and in other parts of North America.

1 week ago
COVID-19 has been brutal in Indian country — just like past epidemics were

An important historical perspective on COVID-19. "As Dina Gilio-Whitaker (Colville Confederated Tribes) argued recently, “We must change the way we inhabit the planet.” If we don’t, COVID-19 ... See more

European colonialism changed local ecosystems at unprecedented speeds, accelerating the effects of climate change and disrupting the ability of indigenous healers to treat the sick. These same ... See more

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Edgar Villanueva's "Being Native American in COVID-19" https://www.lushusa.com/stories/article-being-native-american-in-covid-19.html?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=covids-mv-2020

Edgar Villanueva, social justice philanthropy activist, mentor and award-winning author of Decolonizing Wealth, shares his story and perspective on being Native American in Covid-19.

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