Cooperative Extension, Outreach and Community Education

Ethel with Student-small-410x273Northwest 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.

News & Announcements

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: VineDeloriaSymposium@nwic.edu & enorman@nwic.edu 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

Weavers Teaching Weavers Annual Gathering, April 2-3, 2015

A gathering of Native American master weavers and students, preserving the traditional art of basketry and weaving. Held annually at the NWIC campus. Sponsored by the National Endowment of the Arts – ArtWorks. Northwest Indian College is hosting the 12th annual Weavers Teaching Weavers Gathering. The purpose of this event is to allow experienced Native American weavers age 14+ to come together to learn from one another and to share their techniques. Elaine Grinnell, weaver,...
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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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6 Aug 2015

Interested in Learning More About Yoga

Gentle Yoga with Meg Delzell Take an hour and a half to breathe and listen to your body, you will feel better afterwards. In Class we will do yoga that is suitable for anybody. This series of classes are beneficial for a range of people from those experienced with yoga to people just starting out. Gentle Yoga is relaxing and strengthening at the same time. Earn 1 College Credit or 1 CEU’s for attending. Sundays...
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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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30 Jul 2015

Camp Ne-Schaleche, August 2015

Ne-Schaleche (formerly the Native American Women & Girls, Men & Boys Conference) in the Lummi language means “my family or my friends”.  The camp promotes family wellness, cultural and intergenerational learning. The gathering provides an opportunity to spend time away with family, make new friends and visit with old ones! Workshops and wellness activities focus on the return of a healthier, traditional way of living. Over 60 youth, adults and elders from over 8 tribes...
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