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Naa kaani Native Program

A Native Connector in the Pacific Northwest

aka Nakani Native Program   |   SEATTLE, WA   |  https://www.naakaani.org/

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Mission

The Naa kani Native Program strives to educate and empower Native communities in the Pacific Northwest, with a focus on the Salish Sea Territory. We support cultural events, advocate for tribal rights, and aim to improve lives and healthcare for Indigenous communities through Traditional Medicine education. It is our mission to honor this knowledge, as well as the resilience and strength of Indigenous peoples and their enduring Spiritual connection to this land.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Martin Napeahi

Main address

814 NE 40TH ST

SEATTLE, WA 98105 USA

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Formerly known as

Native Program Committee

EIN

82-2361294

NTEE code info

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Community Health Systems (E21)

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Traditional Medicine Internship

The Traditional Medicine Internship Program is a 12-week program focused on increasing Indigenous cultural health and knowledge through online and in-person activities. These activities focus on Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) topics including plant identification, traditional plant uses, ethical harvesting methods, the lands history and current environmental and political issues, tribal sovereignty, and more. Interns also learn traditional medicine creation, including salve, oil, and jam making, and the healing benefits of these traditional medicines. Once the internship is over, participants are expected to use their newfound knowledge to impact their communities in a positive way, which has consistently been the case with those who have finished the internship.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples

The Naa kaani Native Program partners with the University of Washington Indian Health Pathway program to host students and aid them in completing non-clinical hours toward their clerkships. This 4-week program focuses on a variety of Native health topics, including traditional gathering and medicine, environmental impact on Native communities, local Indigenous history, and more. Through the program, students are expected to learn how local Indigenous peoples practice traditional medicine, understand and respect those practices, and connect with those who may request this type of practice. Naa kaani provides a program grounded in Indigenous knowledge that transforms the way Indigenous peoples access and experience healthcare through educating and empowering the next generation of healthcare associates. This affects not only the student clerks we serve, but also every Indigenous person they serve throughout their lives.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults

Tribal Community Events include topics ranging from learning traditional plant uses to traditional craft making, and more. By teaching attendees traditional crafting and medicinal knowledge, Naa kaani hopes to increase access and knowledge of Indigenous traditional medicines, as well as increase Indigenous cultural representation in an educational format, create a sense of community, and connect people with their Indigenous heritage.

Population(s) Served

The Building Bridges Program aims to help build resilience in Native children placed in the foster care system by providing cultural, spiritual and Indigenous teachings and practices that will help the children develop a strong sense of cultural identity, while simultaneously embracing and supporting foster parents by sharing the beauty and strength of Indigenous teachings. Naa kaani believes that increased cultural connections for Native foster children and increased cultural knowledge for caregivers will help develop better understanding, respect, and support for continued involvement of Native children in the foster care system.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth
Adults
Ethnic and racial groups
Children and youth
Adults
At-risk youth

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Financials

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Naa kaani Native Program

Board of directors
as of 01/25/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Lisa Powers

Jessica Crofoot

Shelly Vendiola

Jason Vickers

Chryss James

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/25/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 06/22/2021

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.