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24th annual NARA Pow Wow celebrates a sober New Year's Eve

January 4, 2010

Nick celebrated New Year's Eve with the 24th Annual Sobriety Pow Wow put on by the Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA) at the Oregon Convention Center.

The celebration also marked NARA's 40th anniversary. In 1970, NARA was solely an outpatient treatment center, but has grown to offer a wide variety of social services and health care to our native community.

"The powwow is a symbol of the community and our role in it," Executive Director Jackie Mercer told the Oregonian's Marty Hughley. "Our work is to be the servants of the community, and this is a big way of giving back for us."

At the ceremony, Nick was honored to be presented with the Chief Joseph blanket by Jackie Mercer and her NARA team.

Thanks to Matthew Lashua for the photo of County Commissioner Shiprack and City Commissioners Saltzman and Fish.