By Sean Cruz
Portland, Oregon—Members of the Oregon Native American Chamber recently elected me to its nine-member Board of Directors.
I am thrilled and honored to have this opportunity to make a contribution to ONAC’s mission and to the People the organization serves.
I am grateful for the friendship and support that ONAC members and friends of ONAC contributed to our work to establish the Jim Pepper Chair, the Jim Pepper Remembrance Scholarship Fund and the Jim Pepper Arts Festival at Portland State University. Their support was vital to our success.
I look forward to working alongside my fellow ONAC Board members on issues of significance to Native American populations statewide and throughout the NW region.
The Portland Metro Area is home to the ninth largest Native American population in the USA, with more than 380 tribes identified in the urban area alone.
ONAC’s mission is:
“We are dedicated to working with all members of the community to advance the educational and economic opportunities for Native Americans in Oregon and Southwest Washington.”
ONAC promotes and supports:
“The education, training and cultural understanding of Native Americans, ONAC members and ONAC partners through access to economic development programs, services and resources.
“The development, growth and advancement of Native American businesses, professionals and students in Oregon and Southwest Washington.
“Networking to increase business opportunities among Native American businesses, professionals, ONAC members and ONAC partners, thereby strengthening and growing economic opportunity for all communities in Oregon and Southwest Washington.”
I want to invite you to become a member of ONAC. You can thank me later. Find out more here: