Cooperative Extension, Outreach and Community Education

_LVA7195-EditNorthwest Indian College provides a sanctuary of learning that in many ways reflect the values of the communities in which they are in. We feel proud to communicate and interact with the various tribal council governments and communities to gain a better sense of the direction that each of the communities are going.  The Cooperative Extension Office follows the education philosophy of looking within each tribes’ own culture and traditions to find solutions. Traditional knowledge and problem-solving techniques make our Extension programs accessible, appropriate and effective.

We offer community education and outreach through a variety of programs, workshops, classes and services.  To learn more click on the programs areas for more information.

Workshop Monthly Schedule- click below

Coop Ext. Schedule June 2016

News & Announcements

6 Jul 2016

Unangax Culture Camp- July 5-13, 8:00-5:00

Join us and come and celebrate Unangax culture and history and learn traditional skills. Learn how to carve an Aleut Bent Wood Hat and make a beautiful Bering Sea style drum. We will share history, songs and dance of the Unangax people, more commonly known as Aleuts. Free workshop open to the public @ Northwest Indian College, Log Buidling # 7A. Register @ the class and earn 7 CEU’s for attending this event.
18 May 2016

Weavers Teaching Weaver’s Gathering Nez Perce- June 8-9, 2016 @ Clearwater River Casino & Lodge

An annual event to bring together experienced Native American Weavers to teach and learn from one another.Participants age 16+ can earn 1.4 CEU for attending both days. Registration Fee: Register by May 27 @ $75 for adults age 18-49, $40 for seniors age 50+ years young, $15 for youth or $20 for 2 youth. Registration after May 27 is $90 at the door for adults or $40 for seniors. Breakfast buffet and lunch is included...
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4 Apr 2016

Lushootseed Research Presents The Earth is Our First Teacher- Saturday, April 23, 2016

This one day conference will offer Language & Research Resources, Language Immersion, National & Local Tribal Presenters, and much more! Early Registration $50 Student & Elders Discount Some Scholarships Available For more information visit us at or contact Lushootseed Language Registration 2016 (3)  
30 Mar 2016

13th Annual Weavers Teaching Weavers Gathering March 31-April 1

Northwest Indian College will host the 13th annual Weavers Teaching Weavers gathering scheduled for March 31-April 1 from 9:00am-4:00pm at NWIC’s Lummi campus Cultural Learning Center (Log Bldng #7A). The purpose of this event is to allow experienced Native American weavers to learn from one another and to share their techniques. Elaine Grinnell, weaver, storyteller, and  elder from Jamestown S’Klallam will be sharing her collection of stories throughout the day. Registration Details: Pre-register by Monday, March...
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7 Aug 2015

Northwest Indian College Sets Date for 10th Annual Vine Deloria, Jr. Symposium

The 10th Annual Vine Deloria, Jr. Symposium is set for July 9, 10, 11, 2015 and will be held at the Coast Salish Institute Building on Lummi Campus. We are pleased to announce this year’s theme for the Symposium is: Staying the Course: Honoring our ancestors and empowering our youth Download Flier Here. Registration: Download Registration Form Here Submit Paper Abstracts / Proposals to: & Hotel Information – NWIC Block Room Rate at: Marriot (Spring...
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7 Aug 2015

NWIC Meets with EPA Administrator to Restore Food Sovereignty to Tribal Nations

Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and senior EPA officials visited Northwest Indian College’s Lummi and Swinomish campuses on April 14-15, 2015.  The visit centered around college efforts to restore food sovereignty to tribal nations and to study the impacts of global climate change on traditional foods.   The Administrator viewed current and past ecoAmbassador projects that are funded by the EPA in coordination with American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC)....
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6 Aug 2015

Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty

The Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Project is helping to increase understanding of Native foods and build community food security by exploring the Muckleshoot Tribe’s food assets and access to local, healthy and traditional foods. The program includes: community engagement through local discussions and monthly articles in the tribal newspaper hands-on workshops on traditional food principles and a modern approach to a traditional foods diet traditional foods feasts featuring seasonal foods and harvesting of local traditional foods...
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31 Jul 2015

Lummi Traditional Food Project

The Lummi Traditional Food Project helps people improve their daily food behaviors. Fifteen Lummi families receive boxes of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables throughout the summer and fall. The box includes recipes and instructions on how to prepare and preserve the foods. Hands-on workshops on using local and native foods are an important project component. Through interviews of participants, data is gathered on the use of traditional foods, usual and accustomed resource sites, typical...
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