Welcome to the website of the Nakani Native Program!
We were formed in 2017 to accomplish these purposes:
A. to collaborate with the leadership and organizations of Native Americans, focused on the Pacific Northwest, expressing the values of Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community and Equity.
B. to work with tribal nations and indigenous peoples to support their tribal sovereignty, natural resources, cultural heritage, sacred places and future generations.
C. To build bridges between Native Americans and non-Natives, emphasizing education and cultural sharing for mutual enrichment.
In addressing these purposes, we will adhere to the following principles:
We will address the root causes of problems, including colonization
We will build upon existing and on-going relationships with tribal people
We will address needs that have been identified by tribal leaders and consult closely with those leaders. “Do they want us involved?”
We will choose activities that we are capable of, and have the resources to carry out.
We will seek unity, being careful to remain neutral in conflicts within or among tribes
If someone else is also addressing an issue, we will consider how we can add value to the process [rather than start independently]
We will uphold these values:
Unity: We will look for common ground, hear both sides, ask each side to repeat the other side’s position, check for accuracy, clarify, and then seek agreement. Following the Courageous Conversations model, we will:
A) Encourage people to argue with positions, not personalities.
B) Develop trust within the group to be able to have conflicts while feeling safe from personal attacks.
C) Encourage people to have faith in each other so that when the group makes a decision, even if you disagree, you will stick with the group. We will not let ourselves be divided by disruptors.
Simplicity: We honor our values more than we do individual or material success.
Peace: We will act as though everyone we encounter is our sister or brother.
Integrity: We will state our values clearly and uphold them at all times throughout our lives. We will honor all agreements we have made as obligations of the heart.
Community: We will collaborate with anyone who shares our purposes. We will build trusting and collaborative relationships in all of our actions.
Equity: We uphold social justice in results as well as in opportunities, and recognize that individual needs may vary.
Stewardship/Sustainability: Protecting the earth will be our first priority.
Nakani Native Program
814 NE 40th St
Seattle WA 98105
Jeff Smith, (206)799-5719