Healing families, Strengthening Communities
Vision & Values
Two Feathers' mission is to empower Native American youth and their families to achieve their full potential by offering culturally-affirming mental health and wellness programs in Humboldt County.
Serving Our Communities
Two Feathers-NAFS provides services to all eligible Native American families in Humboldt County; not just those who are members of Tribal nations. We aim to serve those most in need with a strong focus on children and adolescents and violence prevention programming. While using Two Feathers services, community members have access to a range of cultural activities, resources, and programs within the Humboldt County Native American communities. In addition, our staff tailors our interventions and programs based on each child and family’s needs and interests.
A History of Service
Two Feathers NAFS was established in 1998 as a consortium of several Tribes to provide direct social services as guided by its mission at the time:
Two Feathers' mission is to promote the stability and security of Native families, and to protect the best interest of Indian children. We are committed to incorporating cultural traditions and principles that encourage a balance of emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual health. We are dedicated to collaborating with both Indian and non-Indian agencies to achieve these goals and to honor the privacy of Indian families.
Two Feathers Today
Two Feathers-NAFS became a Tribal non-profit chartered under the federally recognized Big Lagoon Rancheria in 2002. Currently, Two Feathers has 32 paid staff including mental health clinicians, substance abuse counselors, family and youth advocates, cultural coordinators, administrators and administrative assistants, and project managers. Two Feathers also pays consultants for a variety of services: cultural programming, bookkeeping, IT and evaluation
Since 2018, under the new leadership of Dr. Virgil Moorehead Jr., Two Feathers is establishing itself as an innovation leader in the provisions of Native American Mental Health and Wellness programming through a comprehensive continuum of school, community based, and family focused treatment services for children and families. Consistent with this vision is a strong focus on developing mental health and youth programming that brings out the assets, strengths and wisdom of local Native American youth and families. During these transitions, Two Feathers has experienced a drastic increase in the amount of youth we serve and number of staff. In 2016 Two Feathers had a staff of 4 and as of 2023 we have a team of 32. In 2016, Two Feathers served 45 youth compared to currently serving over 300.