Fifty years ago, the Bay Area Native American community organized to open a health center dedicated to serving Urban Natives. In 2022, Native American Health Center (NAHC) stands strong as one of the oldest and largest Urban Indian Health Centers in the United States. Over the last five decades, NAHC has achieved great success and expanded to serve everyone in the surrounding communities with a commitment to providing culturally-competent high-quality, holistic, whole-person medical, dental, behavioral health, community wellness, and social service programs.
On November 3rd, 2022, we celebrated five decades of service with our 50th Anniversary Gala.We are grateful to all our elected officials, donors, sponsors, and attendees for helping make our gala a memorable evening. Thanks to an outpouring of generosity, we were able to raise over $25,000 to support the development of our new location at 3050 International Boulevard in Oakland, where we will continue to build toward our vision of stronger, healthier, and more culturally connected communities.
A special thank you to all our performers, Radmilla Cody, Michael Bellanger and Michael Andrews, Bay Area Powwow Dancers, Twice As Good, Walter “Wally” Johnson, and our emcee for the evening, Virginia Hedrick! We are grateful for our first gala’s success and the opportunity to share our vision as we build the foundation for an even stronger future. Congratulations again to all our inaugural awardees:
Morning Star Awardees
Congresswoman Barbara Lee
Senator Nancy Skinner
Councilmember Noel Gallo
Fire Keeper Awardees
Dr. Gerald Hill
Dr. Barbara Ramsey
Dr. Greg Goddard
Helen Waukazoo Spirit Awardees
Friendship House Association of American Indians, of San Francisco
American Indian Child Resource Center
Intertribal Friendship House
From Our Gala Photobooth
On Saturday, September 24, 2022, NAHC hosted a 50th Anniversary Powwow at Merritt College! Powwow dancers, drummers, and vendors from across California joined the day-long event, attracting hundreds of attendees. The cultural gathering highlighted the heart of NAHC as it brought together old friends, created new connections, educated the community about Native culture, and shared valuable resources. At the Powwow, NAHC received a Certificate of Recognition from Assemblymember Mia Bonta’s office, honoring the health center’s commitment to care and the community.