Donate cell phones at NWIC to support victims of domestic violence

Do you have an old cell phone that's collecting dust? Verizon Wireless is conducting a national campaign to collect those old phones to help victims of domestic violence. Drop boxes have been set up across Northwest Indian College's Lummi campus.

Verizon will reprogram each phone with 3,000 minutes and phone numbers for 911 and the National Domestic Violence Hotline. The company will then distribute the phones to domestic violence organizations to pass on to victims who need phones for their safety.

Collection boxes are located in the Center for Student Success (Building 17), outside the Indigenous Service Learning Office (Building 10) and in the lobby of the Administration Building (Building 1).

Secretary of State to honor NWIC students

Secretary of State Sam Reed will honor 13 Northwest Indian College students during a service recognition event April 18.

The event is part of Reed’s annual statewide tour of colleges, which will begin April 9 and include 45 campuses. It will be the largest number of schools he has visited since the springtime tradition began in 2006. Reed toured 40 campuses last year.

The following students will be honored during the April 18 event, which will take place on the college’s main campus:

Event brings together weavers from across the country

Master Weaver Ethyl Warbus teaches a student at a previous Weavers Teaching Weavers gathering, an annual conference organized by Northwest Indian College that helps preserve the art of weaving. Photo by Maxine Stremler
Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) annual Weavers Teaching Weavers conference will take place April 12 and 13 on the college’s main campus, and will be followed by a Native art market on April 14 at the Whatcom Museum, which will feature several Master Weavers from the conference.

The Weavers Teaching Weavers conference helps to preserve the art of weaving by providing a venue where apprentice weavers can learn from Master Weavers, said Susan Given-Seymour, director of Northwest Indian College’s Cooperative Extension Department, which organizes the conference. Last year, 139 people representing 29 tribes participated.

Artist and activist John Trudell to speak at NWIC

On April 25, poet, musician and human rights and environmental activist John Trudell will speak on Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Lummi campus.

Trudell, who is Santee Sioux, is also known for his roles in the films “Thunderheart,” “Smoke Signals” and “On Deadly Ground.” He will speak twice at NWIC: first at 1 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Both talks will be held in the Log Building and are free and open to the public. Before his evening talk, Trudell will be available at a meet and greet starting at 6 p.m.

NWIC men win AIHEC national basketball championship

Northwest Indian College Eagles beat the Salish Kootenai College Bison 99-83 to win the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) national basketball championship in Rapid City, South Dakota. The Eagles had lost to the Bison in the past two AIHEC championship games. On March 25, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Eagles won their first ever championship title at the 2012 American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) national basketball championship in Rapid City, South Dakota.

In their final game, the Eagles faced the Salish Kootenai College Bison from Montana. This was a big game for the Eagles, who had lost to the Bison in the past two AIHEC championship games – in 2010 by six points and in 2011 by four.

This year, though, the Eagles took the championship title, beating the Bison 99-83.

NWIC hosts open mic Friday

Are you the next American Idol, or maybe you have a poem, joke or magic trick to share? No matter what your talent is or how good you are, you are invited to perform at Northwest Indian College (NWIC).

NWIC’s Pow Wow Committee will host an open mic on Friday, March 16 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Log Building on main campus. The event is free and open to everyone. Coffee, water and finger foods will be available.

New space gives students positive place to play and study

Victoria Retasket, NWIC’s student activities coordinator, plays Apples to Apples with students Alisha Sellars, Eric Lewis, and Kendra Kelly at the grand re-opening celebration for the Student Union Building. Retasket plans to set up a pool table and ping pong table by the end of the month.
On March 13, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) students, staff and faculty celebrated the re-opening of their Student Union Building with games, door prizes and snacks, including chocolate covered strawberries.

The facility has been open on a very limited basis for about two years – since student services moved out of that building and into its new building on the other side of campus. Even before the move, back in the facility’s heyday, the space didn’t have many amenities for student entertainment.

“It wasn’t ever fully used,” said Nicole Baker, NWIC director of residence life. “It was just an empty room with a couple of computers and a conference table.”

This time around, the building is being transformed into a space where students can play board games, pool and ping pong, listen to music, study or just relax and interact with each other, said Mona Halcomb, NWIC’s dean of students. In essence, it will be a place where students can enjoy themselves in positive ways.

NWIC president nominated for county business person of the year

Northwest Indian College (NWIC) President Cheryl Crazy Bull is one of three finalists being considered for Northwest Business Monthly Magazine’s Business Person of the Year award.

Crazy Bull was nominated by the magazine’s nominating committee and was later selected as a finalist, according to Tony Larsen, the magazine’s publisher. The other finalists are Jim Baron of the Northwest Washington Fair, and Jeff Kochman of Barkley Company.

“Cheryl was nominated because several on the nominating committee believe that she deserves special recognition for her leadership, acumen and value she brings to our community,” Larsen said.

The winner will be announced at the Business Person of the Year 26th annual awards banquet on March 28.

Teaching language and culture with today’s technology

This year will be the third researchers will gather to discuss and present methods for preserving the Lushootseed language during the Lushootseed Language Conference.

The conference, called “A New Canoe, Teaching Language and Culture with Today’s Technology,” will be held April 21at Seattle University, and will include workshops that explore innovative teaching approaches that incorporate the newest techniques and technology.

A month of human rights awareness at NWIC

NWIC joins Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival to present “Waking Up to the Concerns of our Time”

Snow closed down Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) campus for a full week in January, causing class and event cancellations. But one of those events, a celebration of the life and work of Martin Luther King Jr., has been rescheduled and revamped.

The Center for Indigenous Service Learning has incorporated the MLK event into their February Festival: “Waking Up to the Concerns of our Times.” The MLK event will kick off the festival on Feb. 8, and will include door prizes, pizza and presentations that would make King proud, and it doesn’t end there.

In collaboration with the 12th Annual Bellingham Human Rights Film Festival, NWIC will be showing films from Feb 16 to Feb 23. The films will be presented in the Log Building, and are free and open to the community.