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Headquartered on the Lummi Indian Reservation in Washington State, 20 miles from the Canadian border, Northwest Indian College is the only accredited tribal college in the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho. NWIC grew from the Lummi Indian School of Aquaculture (founded in 1973), a single-purpose institution developed to provide a supply of technicians for employment in Indian-owned and operated fish and shellfish hatcheries throughout the United States and Canada.
In 1983 the Lummi Indian Business Council recognized the need for a more comprehensive post-secondary institution for tribal members, and the school was chartered as Lummi Community College, an Indian-controlled, comprehensive two-year college designed to serve the post-secondary educational needs of Indian people living in the Pacific Northwest. In June of 1988, Lummi Community College was approved as a candidate for accreditation by the Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges (NWASC), and on January 20, 1989, in acknowledgement of its wider mandate, Lummi Community College became Northwest Indian College.
Northwest Indian College was granted accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, effective September 1993, and in 2010 was approved as a Baccalaureate degree granting institution. The College’s educational programs have been approved by the Veteran’s Administration, and the Washington State Higher Education Coordinating Board for the administration of financial assistance for eligible student. Northwest Indian College is a member of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), the American Association of Community Colleges, and the American Council on Education
The educational philosophy of Northwest Indian College is based upon the belief that the opportunity of post-secondary education must be provided within the Native American community. Northwest Indian College is committed to the belief that self awareness is the foundation necessary to: achieve confidence, esteem, and a true sense of pride; build a career; create a “self-sufficient” life-style; and promote life-long learning. It is also committed to the belief that a self-awareness program must include a study of Native American culture, values and history.
Justin P. Guillory was appointed as the President of NWIC in July 2012, after serving for more than five years as NWIC's Dean of Academics and Distance Learning and Dean of Extended Campus Sites.
Justin’s previous professional experience includes serving as the Site Manager for the NWIC-Nez Perce Extended Campus site on the Nez Perce reservation in Lapwai, Idaho, and as the graduate assistant/mentor program coordinator for the Native American Student Center within the Office of Multicultural Student Services at Washington State University.
Justin is a descendant of the Nez Perce Tribe and also has African American and Hispanic ancestry. Justin received a full-ride football scholarship to Eastern Washington University where he received a Bachelor’s degree in 1998; and attended graduate school at Washington State University and earned a Master’s degree in Educational Administration in 2000 and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration in 2008.
Justin is married to Sunny (Walker) Guillory, NWIC's financial literacy coordinator. They have three children, ages 12, 9 and 6.
- Lummi (main campus)
- Nez Perce (two locations)
- Port Gamble S'Klallam
We offer a variety of bachelor's, associate degrees and certificate programs.
- Bachelor of Science is Native Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies Leadership
- Bachelor of Arts in Tribal Governance & Business Management
- More in the works, including a Bachelor of Arts in Human Services
- Native Environmental Science
- Business and Entrepreneurship
- Public and Tribal Administration
- Native Oksale Education
- General Direct Transfer Degree
- Life Sciences
- Information Technology
- Early Childhood Education
- Chemical Dependency Studies
- Individualized Programs
- Computer Repair Technician
- Construction Trades
- Office Professions
- Hospitality Management
- Web Page Development
- Casino Gaming Technician
- Project Management
OUR SERVICES AND LEARNING OPTIONS
- Student Housing
- Child Care
- On-Campus Day and Night Courses
- Interactive Telecourses (ITV)
- Tutorial Center
- Computer Labs
- Campus-wide WiFi
- Independent Learning Courses
- Online Courses
- Library with Extensive Collections