"It is a tremendous honor to help carry on the mission of the college, which is to promote indigenous self determination and knowledge, and continue to advance NWIC's Native student success agenda.
The vision of NWIC is clear: our goal is to build tribal nations by building people. We want our students to learn the skills and knowledge needed to be community and family leaders."
Dr. Justin Guillory, Nez Perce descendant President, Northwest Indian College
The College is moving forward more quickly than we ever imagined toward offering educational opportunities that fulfill our ancestors’ dreams.
Our campaign celebrates the following successful challenge grants:
Northwest Indian College began in 1973 as the Lummi Indian School of Aquaculture. In 1983, the Lummi Indian Business Council recognized the need for a comprehensive post-secondary college and chartered the school as Lummi Community College, an Indian-controlled two-year college designed to meet the needs of tribal people. In June 1988, Lummi Community College was accredited by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges. In January 1989, in recognition of its mandate to serve other tribes throughout the Pacific Northwest, Lummi Community College was renamed Northwest Indian College.
In 2007, the college established its first baccalaureate degree a B.S. in Native Environmental Science. In 2012, the B.A. in Native Leadership Studies followed. In February 2012, the college was approved for a B.A. in Tribal Governance and Business Management. This program offers students the fundamental knowledge and experience necessary to succeed in the areas of leadership, sovereignty, economic development, entrepreneurship and management. Our B.A. in Human Services starts in fall.