Only 34 percent of Native American students in Portland Public Schools graduate within four years. It’s a number that Matt Morton—board chair for the Native American Youth and Family Center, or NAYA, a 35-year-old advocacy and resource center for Portland’s nearly 38,000 Native Americans—takes personally. In 2006, NAYA—which has seen its annual budget grow from $250,000 to $8 million in the past seven years—established a housing de...

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