About The Nakani Native Program

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

The Nakani Native Program builds and strengthens leadership and organizational capacity in the Native community. We recognize the deep cultural conflicts that exist between mainstream society and Native Americans and bridge gaps to promote equity and social justice for all.

An Outgrowth of AFSC After the Quaker non-profit, American Friends
Service Committee (AFSC), laid down its highly regarded Northwest Indian Program, AFSC supported the former staff and committee members in continuing their work.

Same Vision, New Strengths
Nakani carries the same vision and passion of the Indian Program under AFSC, but now has greater autonomy to continue the legacy of sixty years of service regarding Pacific Northwest Native issues.

Our Mission

“To provide social and political support to Native Americans in the Pacific Northwest, expressing values of simplicity, peace, integrity, community and equity.”

Our Vision

Powerful Indigenous peoples lead the world in protecting Mother Earth!

Our Story

Our Programs

Supporting the Tribal Canoe Journey
Nakani provides technical support and training for canoe families and hosts involved in the Tribal Canoe Journey. One of our projects is a guidebook for communities hosting the canoe journey.

Advocating for Tribal Sovereignty and Treaty Rights
Nakani monitors current threats to tribal rights  and informs the public on how they can support the interests of indigenous peoples.

How We Do It

Building Bridges Between Cultures
As a go-between Nakani provides education and cultural sharing opportunities for the mutual enrichment of Native and non-Native people. A current initiative is providing Indigenous equity and social justice training to  both of these groups.

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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Consider making a donation to the Nakani Native Program, contributions to Nakani are tax deductible, as we are a 501(c)3 organization,

Federal ID: 82-2361294

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814 NE 40th St, Seattle WA 98105

(206) 799-5719