First Nations Invites Applications for Native Arts Program

First Nations established the Native Arts Initiative (NAI) (formerly called the Native Arts Capacity Building Initiative) in 2014 with the goal of stimulating long-term perpetuation, proliferation and revitalization of artistic and cultural assets in Native communities. The NAI is working to achieve this by strengthening the enabling environments in which Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal programs operate to support emerging and established Native artists and sustain traditional Native arts in their communities.

Under the NAI, First Nations provides selected grantees with organizational and programmatic resources, including direct grants and technical assistance and training. Since 2014, First Nations has awarded more than $1 million in grant funds to a variety of eligible Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs under the NAI.

Grant Overview

First Nations is pleased to announce this 2017 NAI request for proposals (RFP). Native-controlled nonprofits and tribal government programs located in one of the following regions are eligible to apply for an NAI Supporting Native Arts Grant as part of this current funding cycle:

  1. Upper Midwest (North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin);
  2. Southwest (New Mexico, Arizona and Southern California). For a list of eligible tribal communities in Southern California, please click here.
  3. Pacific Northwest (Oregon and Washington)

During this funding cycle, First Nations will distribute approximately 15 Supporting Native Arts Grants of up to $32,000 each.

Selected Native-controlled nonprofit organizations and tribal government programs must have existing program initiatives in place supporting Native artists and the field of traditional Native arts, as well as a demonstrated commitment to increasing the intergenerational transfer of knowledge of traditional Native artistic practices and perpetuation and proliferation of traditional Native arts.

To learn more about First Nations’ Native Arts Initiative, please visit the First Nations’ website here.

Upcoming Bid Opportunity I-5 Paving & Auxiliary Lane Project


Oregon Department of Transportation

Upcoming Bid Opportunity


I5: N. Tigard Interchange to E. Portland Freeway Interchange


Become a contracting partner with the Oregon Department of Transportation on a $20 million freeway widening and paving project on Interstate 5 near Tualatin! Potential subcontracting opportunities are available in the following work areas:

Construction Survey Excavation/Grading Striping Drainage
HMAC Paving Clearing/Grubbing Pavement Grinding Hauling/Trucking
Retaining Walls Water Quality Detention Traffic Loops Traffic Control
Erosion Control Guardrail Illumination Signs
Trenching Steel Fabrication/Installation Landscaping Signals


The assigned minimum Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for this project is 15%.

Prime contractors will be submitting sealed bids by 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017Please consider contracting or working with a project prime contractor and collaborating with ODOT on this important construction project.


Learn more about the project and the details here:



Supporting documentation for this project can be found on the ODOT e-bid website:


Bidding information and documents will be available on September 14, 2017.


For project-specific information, please contact Project Manager Ron Larson via email:

Announcement: Welcome Amber Faist to ONAC

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ONAC staff and board are pleased to introduce Amber Faist as our Marketing and Business Intake Coordinator. Amber will be connecting Native owned businesses to services in order to accelerate and assist business owners into the next stage of business development. She will be working alongside the Small Business Technical Assistance Partnership (SBTAP) program through Prosper Portland. The SBTAP is a citywide program that leverages the power of a partnership network committed to increasing the success of 1,000 underrepresented entrepreneurs.

Amber has a bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship and has demonstrated experience working within Tribal administrative offices and with Tribal youth ages 8-18. Amber is a 2017 graduate from the Oregon LEAD cohort for leadership development from Native American Youth & Family Services (NAYA). She is a Coquille Tribal member and looks forward to serving Oregon’s Native entrepreneurial network.

Please feel free to contact Amber with any questions and to introduce yourselves to our newest employee. She will be in the ONAC offices Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-1pm, and can also be reached via email Mondays through Fridays. Thank you all for your continued support of ONAC.


Oregon Native American Chamber

4445 SW Barbur Blvd, Ste. 102

Portland, OR 97239


Job Opportunities with Business Oregon

We are now recruiting for an Program Analyst 4 (Program & Policy Coordinator) and an Operations and Policy Analyst 3 (SRF & ICF Project Coordinator) within the Economic Development Division.

These are permanent, full-time positions located in Salem.

These recruitments opened, August 11, 2017 and will close August 21, 2017.

You can view the recruitments on the following links:

Program Analyst 4 (Program & Policy Coordinator)

Operations and Policy Analyst 3 (SRF & ICF Project Coordinator)

For those who are interested in applying and need to create an online applicant account, please go to the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ’s. 

Do you need help patenting your idea?

The Small Business Legal Clinic is accepting applications for clients looking for help with the patent process.

Ideal candidates:
• Have a well‐developed idea (prototypes and/or drawings)
• Have an idea related to apparel or mechanical, electrical,
or software engineering
• Meet low‐income requirements of the clinic

Applications are due by August 23, 2017. For more information or to apply, please visit:‐sblc‐continues‐patent‐program

All are encouraged to apply. Fees will be on a sliding scale at a significantly
reduced rate. Call Julieanna Elegant at 503‐768‐6947 for questions.

Portland Central Eastside Job Fair – Aug 30th

SE Works is pleased to announce a partnership with the Central Eastside Industrial Council (CEIC)  to host the Portland Central Eastside Job Fair on WednesdayAugust 30th, 11 am to 2 pm.
The job fair will take place at the 100 SE Alder Building (the home of the Portland Night Market) and will feature many of the Central Eastside’s leading businesses.
There will be over 30 Employers and this will be a great opportunity to network and meet hiring managers from:
Dave’s Killer Bread, Superior Label, Aramark, Franz Bakery, Biketown, New Seasons, UPS, TriMet, Gunderson, Nicky USA, Elephants Deli, Olympic Provisions, Acme Tool, Bridgetown Natural Foods, Wentworth Chevy/Subaru, Rose Quarter, Pacific Coast Fruit Co, Gunderson, Portland Fire & Rescue, Columbia Distributing, FedEx and more…
There is no charge to both Employers and Job Seekers. Special thanks to the sponsor City Liquidators for donating the space!

Job Fair CEIC Flyer

Request for Proposal – Clark County, WA

Clark County, Washington has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) funding a residential weatherization program for income-eligible residents of Clark County.  We would like to ensure that as many minority contractors as possible are made aware of this opportunity.  Please reference RFP number 726 at the link listed below for more information.

Contractors for this program will perform the following types of work:

  1. Building energy analysis
  2. Attic insulation
  3. Crawl space insulation
  4. Sidewall insulation
  5. Furnace repair or replacement
  6. Heating duct sealing and insulation
  7. Water heater and water pipe insulation
  8. Weather-stripping and caulking
  9. Installation of ventilation system to meet American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) 62.2 (indoor air quality standards)
  10. Blower door assisted air sealing
  11. Other draft reduction and energy-saving measures
  12. Client education

The County is anticipating funding adequate to weatherize approximately 115 homes/units in one year, although the contract may be extended to 6 years.  The estimated average price to be paid by the County per home/unit is $7,800.

Great Opportunity with Wells Fargo Phone Bank

Great Opportunity with Wells Fargo Phone Bank in Salem, OR

Here are the opportunities for Wells Fargo in the Phone Bank in Salem, OR.


Phone Banker 1 – Credit Card

Job Opening ID: 5341019

·        Required Qualifications: 6+ months in customer service, or offering products and services to customers based on their needs

·        Salaries starting at $14.15/hr. depending on experience

·        Training starts August 28, 2017

Phone Banker 1 – Bilingual Spanish – Credit Card

Job Opening ID: 5341041

·        Required Qualifications: 6+ months in customer service, or offering products and services to customers based on their needs; bilingual speaking proficiency in Spanish/English

·        Salaries starting at $14.15/hr. depending on experience, eligible for a 5% language differential

·        Training starts August 28, 2017


If you would like to learn more about this exciting opportunity or know of someone who would be interested, please visit our Careers site at


If you have any questions, please let me know.


Thank you for the continued partnership.

Leah Huhn


Wells Fargo Virtual Channels Contact Centers

Wells Fargo Payment Virtual Solutions & Innovations Recruiting


Wells Fargo | 355 Hawthorne Ave Se | Salem, OR 97301

MAC P2643-010

Tel 503-576-6312 | Fax 866-716-6884


NCAIED: Northwest Enterprise Development Conference Artisan Market

Northwest Enterprise Development Conference Artisan Market

September 4-7, 2017

The Northwest Enterprise Development Conference is being held in Tulalip, WA September 4-7, 2017 and will include the Artisan Fair with Native American vendors showcasing their wares. This event draws participants of participants and provides an outstanding opportunity to network as well as showcase your products and services to Native American businesses around the country. Artisan booth locations are available on first come first serve basis. For full details click the link below.

Artisan Booths Now Available!

NCAIED: Northwest Enterprise Development Conference

The Northwest Enterprise Development Conference

September 4-7, 2017

The Northwest Enterprise Development Conference is another multifaceted event from The National Center which will feature unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials and top CEO’s, on a national platform.  Attendees will benefit from high caliber networking, teaming opportunities, business development sessions, American Indian Artisan Market, Business Leaders Forums, and much more. It’s just one more example of how The National Center is building bridges of opportunity for today’s American Indian Enterprises.

Northwest Enterprise Development Conference is being held at the beautiful Tulalip Resort Casino.