Regarding the Initiation of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Section106 Review of Northwest Indian College’s Coast Salish Institute

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has offered Northwest Indian College(NWIC) a grant to construct a new Coast Salish Institute.  NEH is an independent grant- making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.  This public notice is issued as part of NEH’s responsibilities under 36 C.F.R. Part 800, the regulations which implement Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended, 16 U.S.C. § 470.  NEH, as a funding agency, is required by regulation to identify and assess the effects of any proposedactions on historic properties.  If any proposed undertaking will have an adverse effect on historic resources, NEH works with the appropriate parties to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects. Additionally, the Section 106 regulations require NEH to consider the views of the public on preservation issues when making final decisions that affect historic properties.

NWIC proposes to build a new 12,710 square-foot facility for its Coast Salish Institute that would include a performance space, video production areas, a language lab, a story pit, and office and classroom spaces.  The new building would be located south of Kwina Road on the main campus of Northwest Indian College. 

The Lummi Nation Tribal Historic Preservation Officer (THPO), in a letter dated January 13, 2011, has concluded that the proposed area for the new Coast Salish Institute is neither listed in nor eligible for listing in the National Register. 

In this initial public notice, NEH is providing the public with information about the NWIC project.  We are also seeking public input on this project, and would appreciate comments reflecting any knowledge of, or concerns with, historic properties in the proposed project area, including any issues relating to the project’s potential effects on historic properties byNovember 15, 2012.  Comments may be submitted to the NEH via e-mail at challenge@neh.govor by regular mail to: National Endowment for the Humanities, Office of Challenge Grants, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Room 420, Washington, DC 20506.