Our Food is Our Medicine

Our Food is Our Medicine Third annual gathering: Resiliency in a Time of Change a conference hosted by the Northwest Indian College’s

Institute of Indigenous Foods & Traditions
September 24th-26
Kiana Lodge
Suquamish, WA

Three dynamic tracks: Teachings of the Plant People, Healing Our Waters, and Community Activism.
Join us for hands-on workshops, dynamic speakers, a clam bake on the beach,
and three days of cultivating a vibrant native foods community.

Coast Salish Institute Grand Opening

Please join us in celebrating the Coast Salish Institute Grand Opening
July 9th  @ 11:00 am
NWIC Main Campus

Sacred Little Ones program event brings tribal educators to Lummi

By Shelley Macy, NWIC Early Childhood Education Director

On June 7, Lummi elders and community leaders, along with the Northwest Indian College Early Childhood Wakanyeja Sacred Little Ones (WSLO) program, welcomed WSLO teams from the College of the Menominee Nation (CMN-Wisconsin), Ilisagvik College (IC-Alaska), and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI-New Mexico) to the annual WSLO convening at the Silver Reef Casino.

Recipe of the Month: Low Sugar Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

Each month Lummi Tribal member and NWIC employee Gail Julius shares a healthy recipe with readers in an effort to make eating healthy easy, and fun.

“Eating healthy is a personal decision and often a hard one to make when we feel crunched for time or overworked,” Julius said. “It is easy to lose sight of what we put into our bodies, but I have significantly changed my eating habits since joining the Traditional Plants & Foods Program team, and now I am asking my readers to challenge themselves. As we enter the summer season, shop at fresh produce stands and start incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your own recipes. Truly give your body a chance to benefit from them.”

This month, Julius shares a spin on a summer-time favorite: low-sugar strawberry rhubarb crunch.

Lummi Food Sovereignty gets a big boost

The Northwest Indian College project receives $65,000 grant from The ConAgra Foods Foundation

Food sovereignty is a topic that is being discussed more and more in Indian Country these days – we can’t be sovereign if we can’t control our food sources. That idea has prompted Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Cooperative Extension Department to implement food sovereignty programs at two of its reservation sites: Muckleshoot and Lummi.

The Muckleshoot project was the first of the two to launch about four years ago. From the get go, the program was popular in the Muckleshoot community and received national attention from other tribes, donor organizations and the media.

Last year, motivated by the success of the Muckleshoot project and requests from the Lummi community, NWIC launched the Lummi Food Sovereignty Project. Now this younger project is beginning to see its share of support.

New NWIC building dedicated to tribal environmental research

The Salish Sea Research Center will be fully operational by July 1

This summer, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) will open a new $2.2 million building on its main Lummi Reservation campus that will take science research capabilities at the college to new heights. With the new building, students and faculty will be able to conduct environmental research that supports healthy, clean, and vibrant environments that sustain tribal people.

The new 4,200-square-foot building was aptly named the Salish Sea Research Center. The Salish Sea has sustained tribes along its coast for centuries, and now research at NWIC will help support the health of the Salish Sea’s waters and shorelines.

NWIC fundraiser raises spirits and $120,000

A lively live auction, a dynamic fashion show, cultural sharing and laughter – a lot of laughter. That’s how Greg Masten will remember Northwest Indian College’s 5th Annual TL’aneq’: Gathering for a Celebration benefit dinner and Native cultural arts and experiences auction.

“The 2013 TL’aneq’ event was a great night,” said Masten, director of NWIC’s Development Office, which organizes the event. “We were thrilled with the turnout and people had a lot of fun.”

The event, held April 12 at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge, was attended by tribal and non-tribal NWIC supporters from Washington all the way down to Southern California. Together, those supporters helped raise nearly $120,000 for NWIC student scholarships.

NWIC students’ ‘Traditional Journeys’ business plan wins national competition

At the beginning of April, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) students headed to Scottsdale, Arizona with a business plan concept in their hands that they hoped was creative enough and put together well enough to out-compete the business plans of tribal college students from across the nation.
The students were in Arizona April 11-13 for the American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) 2013 Annual National Conference, at which a student business plan competition took place.

NWIC student poem wins national recognition

“We Are Red and Vibrant,” a poem by Northwest Indian College student Desiree Pulido, received an honorable mention in the Tribal College Journal’s recent student writing contest. The poem will appear in the August edition of the Journal and on its website.

Pulido, Nooksack, wrote the poem for a class presentation, for which each student was to creatively tell the story of his or her journey to college and who and where they are.

Northwest Indian College launches Nisqually campus webpage

By Kapiolani A. Laronal, NWIC Extended Site Coordinator

Northwest Indian College recently launched its Nisqually Extended Site webpage to better serve the Nisqually Indian Tribal Community. The page will help answer questions about services and programming provided at the site, and provide important contact information.