The journey of the healing totem pole

Feb. 3 at noon at Northwest Indian College

photo by Deshaun Williams
Just four months ago, the healing totem pole, carved by master carver Jewell Praying Wolf James, began a cross-country journey at the historic Lummi village site of Semiahmiah, also known as Semiahmoo.

James, a member of the House of Tears Carvers of the Lummi Indian Nation, drove the totem pole by truck across the United States. During its journey, the totem pole received tribal blessings on reservations in 13 states.

Today, the healing totem pole – carved with stories of healing, hope and knowledge – stands at the National Library of Medicine just outside of Washington, D.C., in Bethesda, Maryland.

NWIC continues campus expansion

Site work has begun for four new buildings

An excavator works to prepare four acres of campus grounds for four new buildings. The site work began on Lummi campus in mid January.

Two large excavators are shaking the ground of Northwest Indian College’s main campus to prepare four acres for more new buildings. Site work for the four buildings began mid January as part of NWIC’s $44 million capital campaign.

Site work is projected to be completed by May 2012, said Jay Conway, NWIC construction manager. Shortly after that, construction will begin on the first of the four buildings, the Salish Sea Research Center – an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act project.

The research facility is expected to cost $2.2 million, $1.5 million of which will be paid for by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

Native Arts & Cultures Fund awards NWIC event

Weavers Teaching Weavers receives $14,000 grant

Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Weavers Teaching Weavers annual event was recently awarded $14,000 by the Native Arts & Cultures Funds.

Grant funds will help cover some event costs, including hosting master weaver teachers, event supplies and food.

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation (NACF) awarded grants to 28 American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian artists and organizations in 15 states, including three in Washington. This year’s grant sizes ranged from $10,000 to $40,000, with a total allocation of $510,000 which is up from $394,319 in 2010.

Snow Update: NWIC closed Jan. 20 due to inclement weather

Northwest Indian College's Lummi campus and Muckleshoot, Swinomish, Port Gamble S'Klallam and Tulalip sites are closed again Friday, Jan. 20, due to inclement weather. 

Open mic tonight at NWIC Tulalip

Northwest Indian College’s Tulalip site will host an open mic tonight, Friday the 13th, for students and community members to showcase their talents.

The event will take place from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in room 162 of the Tulalip Tribal Administration Building, 6406 Marine Drive in Tulalip, and is free and open to everyone and any type of talent.  Performers can sign up as they arrive. 

Event canceled: NWIC celebrates MLK Jr.

The event below is canceled due to inclement weather.

“Almost always, the creative dedicated minority has made the world better,” Martin Luther King Jr.

MLK Jr.’s birthday will be celebrated a couple of days late at Northwest Indian College (NWIC).

On Jan. 17, door prizes will be offered and pizza will be served when NWIC’s Indigenous Service Learning Center honors King’s life with a free event that will include a variety of speakers from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Log Building on main campus.

Are you sure you should eat that?

Free, two-day class will teach students and community which foods are right for them

Not all foods are good for all of us, but figuring out what is good for us can be tricky. That’s especially true when people don’t realize that some of the suffering they deal with every day is a result of food their bodies don’t like.

“Some people don’t know the foods they put in their bodies affects their moods and their digestive systems,” said Lora Boome-Heaton, NWIC Women’s Wellness Project coordinator. “They don’t know why they are fatigued, and most likely it’s their diet.”

Dr. Mystique Grobe, a Naturopathic Physician with more than 17 years experience, will try to eliminate some of these diet mysteries from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 24 and 31 in the Log Building on Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Lummi campus.

NWIC’s Fall 2011 President’s list

Congratulations, Northwest Indian College students, for your outstanding work so far this academic year. The following students made the President’s List for fall quarter, 2011:

NWIC continues to grow thanks to community support

The Siletz Tribe and St. Luke’s Foundation both donated $25,000 to new building

Cooperative Extension employees gathered in front of their new building Dec. 22 just before Susan Given-Seymour, the department’s director, cut the red ribbon, officially opening the building.
Northwest Indian College (NWIC) is in the midst of a $44 million capital campaign that has led to the opening of six new buildings on the Lummi Reservation campus.

On Dec. 2, the college continued its growth trend and added a seventh new building to its Kwina Campus location – a $1.3 million Cooperative Extension Building.

“Our Cooperative Extension Building is a gathering place for those who work with our community outreach, wellness, financial literacy and community education services,” NWIC President Cheryl Crazy Bull said. “They will have a place to meet, plan and evaluate. Most importantly, they will use the classroom and kitchen to pass on the skills and resources of our communities.”

NWIC’s annual holiday make and take tonight

The community is invited to eat spaghetti and make holiday crafts starting at 5:30 p.m.

Northwest Indian College’s Cooperative Extension Department will host its annual Holiday Make & Take from 5:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 7 in Building 20 and the Log Building on the college’s Lummi campus.

The event, which is free and open to the local community, will feature hot chocolate, a spaghetti and salad dinner catered by the Lummi Youth Academy, door prizes, and crafts for children and adults, including glass ornament etching, roll-on perfume and aroma therapy making, and gift card making.