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The organizations below all participated in our 2013 event and what to thank them by highlighting them on this page. Organizations that are interested in participating in our next event please contact:
HonorWorks Mission: “To create and ignite the potential for Honor among all people”

Swil Kanim had been performing at community and private events, and as a Seattle street musician for several years. He knew that his original-composition music touches the audience deeply and that much healing occurs when people express themselves through music, dancing, storytelling and all other forms of arts.

He had published several music CDs and worked in film and television. Yet his desire to be of greater service to communities needed the support of a team.

In 2008, Sue and Keith Jefferts met Swil Kanim at a concert featuring Andre Feriante and Swil Kanim. The Jefferts immediately understood how they could help.

In the summer of 2009, a nonprofit corporation was set up, initially named The Swil Kanim Foundation. Over the next few months, a strong board of directors was appointed, and work began on identifying funding sources.
In early 2011, Dr. Frank James agreed to become the executive director. In December 2011, the organization's name was changed to HonorWorks in order to more closely reflect the purpose and goals of the organization. Our work is growing. We are reaching out to organizations with similar missions to cooperate on projects, events and program. View HonorWorks Website: click here.
Wisdom of the Elders
Mission: Committed to Native American cultural sustainability, multimedia education and race reconciliation, Wisdom of the Elders, Inc. (Wisdom) records and preserves the oral history, cultural arts, language concepts, and traditional ecological knowledge of exemplary American Indian historians, cultural leaders and environmentalists in collaboration with arts and cultural organizations and educational institutions.

We especially seek to correct misconceptions, end prejudice, bring health and wellness to Native people, and demonstrate how Indian culture has and is continuing to enrich our worlds.

Wisdom of the Elders also acknowledges the need for reconciliation between Indian and non-Indian. As part of its race reconciliation mission, Wisdom of the Elders strives to share with all peoples, using public radio and documentary production, book publishing and other educational venues in collaboration with diverse cultural organizations and educational institutions.
The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC)
The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) provides grants for artists, nonprofit organizations and schools; manages an internationally acclaimed public art program; raises money and awareness for the arts through workplace giving; convenes forums, networking events and other community gatherings; provides workshops and other forms of technical assistance for artists; and oversees a program to integrate arts and culture into the standard curriculum in public schools throughout the region through “The Right Brain Initiative.”  RACC provides service in five key areas:
  • Through advocacy, RACC helps build support for a strong arts and culture community.
  • RACC grants provide artists and arts organizations with financial support.
  • Our nationally-acclaimed public art program integrates a wide range of art in public places. RACC manages Percent for Art programs for the City of Portland and Multnomah county.
  • RACC provides other community services, including workshops for artists, organizational consulting, and a variety of printed and electronic resources.
  • RACC supports arts education by directly funding artists residencies in schools and is working on a comprehensive solution to provide integrated Arts Education learning for every student in the region.
NARA, NW: Native American Rehabilitation Assoc. NW
NARA's mission is "To provide education, physical & mental health services & substance abuse treatment that is culturally appropriate to American Indians, Alaska Natives & other vulnerable populations.”

About NARA: NARA is a culturally focused provider of mental health, addiction, physical health, and cultural services. We offer residential alcohol and drug addiction treatment to men, women, and families. Residents may bring children up to age 5 with them. We offer outpatient substance abuse treatment, mental health counseling, physical health care services and a wide range of cultural, and youth focused activities. services are available for people of all ages from the very young to our elders. we value family and integrate family and culture in all that we do. We have seven locations throughtout the Portland Metropolitan Area. Visit NARA's website. Click here.

Along with NARA’s treatment facilities and direct health care services they also offer a variety of other direct services, as well as public health projects and programs.
· Life is Sacred - Native Youth Suicide Prevention Project & Meth Prevention Project
· Mental Health Therapy and · Mental Health Outreach Team
· Raising our 7th Generation (RO7G)
· Access to Recovery Project
· Tobacco Prevention and Education Programs
· Diabetes Program ~ · Problem Gambling Project
· Women's Wellness Program ~ · Nak-Nu-Wit Systems of Care Program
Alaska Native Brotherhood Columbia River Camp 49
Alaska Native Brotherhood Columbia River Camp 49 is a new chapter of the ANB Grand Camp, the oldest known indigenous persons' civil rights organization. Camp 49’s mission is to share our Native ways with family and friends by providing compassion through the strength of our community. We support our Native people while preserving and progressing in our Native culture. We stand to protect our rights and encourage our people, especially our youth, to become involved with their communities and to rise as leaders.

A Domestic Non-Profit organization, Alaska Native Brotherhood Columbia River Camp 49 held it's first organized meeting on March 26, 2009. We have been meeting at NARA, 1776 SW Madison Ave, Portland, OR. We received our Charter during Grand Camp Convention in October that same year. In January 2010, Camp 49 was registered with the State of Oregon as a Domestic Non-Profit Corporation.

Camp 49 is the newest chapter of the ANB Grand Camp. Founders Frank Alby and wife Rosa formed Camp 49, an amazing event due to the fact that there has not been a new camp added to ANB in 35 years. As of December 2010, Camp 49 had 40 paid-in members from Oregon and SW Washington. Membership is open to everyone regardless of gender, race, color, or creed. Meetings are held the second Saturday of each month excluding: June, July, August and on Call by the President.

Camp 49 invites and encourages people of all races to attend their gatherings and to become members of their local ANB or ANS camp. Visit their Facebook Page - click here.
Bow & Arrow Culture Club/Delta Park Powwow & Encampment
Delta Park in North Portland hosts the city’s largest annual gathering of American Indians. As many as 6,000 people will pass through during the course of the weekend, depending on the weather, coming from as far away as Montana, New Mexico and even New York. Visit their Facebook page, click here.
Painted Sky

Painted Sky is an organization that honors Native American culture by building awareness of traditional and contemporary musical expressions through performance and education.

Painted Sky's primary goals are to engage youth in the study and performance of Native American music, dance and song; present these arts to the greater community to preserve the Native culture; engage performers and the public through a blend of traditional and contemporary cultural expressions; educate the public about the rich Native traditions; unite and inspire people despite cultural and expressive differences or barriers; and develop youth-oriented educational programs within Native Nations and for the educational system as a whole.

Painted Sky offers an assortment of presentations in dance, movement, music, and storytelling. Our assemblies are designed to offer an exciting combination of performance, narration and audience participation, and to complement a variety of curriculum strands including music, dance, health and fitness, and career education. Our goal is to help students learn to appreciate the performing arts and develop an awareness of Native cultural history and diversity.


p:ear provides programs, workshops and services that use education, the arts and recreation as vehicles for building self-esteem and fostering positive change. They are designed to be fluid and responsive to the extensive and diverse needs of the unique population we serve. Through them we empower young people to establish a more positive identity that includes viewing themselves as valuable and worthy human beings capable of growth, change and challenge.

Central to p:ear is the idea of inclusion. Our programs also provide homeless young people with forums in which to breakdown the circumstances and behaviors that contribute to their alienation and isolation from rest of the community. Visit their website, click here.
The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation (NACF)
The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation (NACF) is a 501 (c) 3 philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of indigenous arts and cultures. The Native-led national foundation supports American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native artists and communities.

The Native Arts & Cultures Foundation (NACF) is a 501 (c) 3 philanthropic organization dedicated exclusively to the revitalization, appreciation and perpetuation of indigenous arts and cultures. The Native-led national foundation supports American Indian, Native Hawaiian and Alaska Native artists and communities.
About Us:
Created after decades of visioning by Native peoples, the arts and cultures foundation provides support to the field and fosters creativity amongst Native peoples through grantmaking, convening, advocacy and research. From 2010-2012, the foundation has awarded over $1,341,000 in grants to over 72 Native artists and organizations across the US.In addition to grant making, NACF supported the field of Native arts and culture by hosting the first national Native arts convening in 2011. The aptly named national gathering "Strengthening the Bones," brought over 100 participants, hailing from 25 different states and representing dozens of indigenous nations, together to vision what is needed by Native communities through their artists and arts organizations. The next covening will be held in Minneapolis, June 6-7, 2014.
Native American Art Council/ Portland Art Museum
This council, led by the Curator of Native American Art, explores Native American cultures and traditional and contemporary arts through lectures and meetings with artists, collectors, and scholars. Members enjoy behind-the-scenes views of the collection, social events, and great travel opportunities. Visit their website, click here.