TL’aneq fundraiser brings in $98,000 for NWIC

TL’aneq, Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) biggest fundraiser of the year was held on April 28. The event, which included a silent and live auction, raised about $98,000.

The money will be used to match a $500,000 award from the National Endowment for the Humanities for the college’s new Coast Salish Institute, which will cost $3.6 million. 

“TL'aneq is a wonderful mix of Coast Salish traditions and NWIC fundraising,” NWIC President Cheryl Crazy Bull said. “It is an opportunity for Natives and our friends and supporters to celebrate and bring resources to our students. We call witnesses from the participants who honor us by sharing what they observe with others across the country. We have welcome songs and a song of thanks for the work that is done during the evening to raise funds for our cultural education. ” 

This year’s event also included a presentation by NWIC Native Environmental Science student Rita Asgierrson, who shared stories about growing up in her Native Alaskan village and living a subsistence lifestyle, and explained how her education at NWIC will help her save her way of living.

Crazy Bull said Asgierrson’s stories, along with the recognition of development team members Lisa Santana and Jean Bateman, were highlights of her night.

Bateman serves as counsel for NWIC’s capital campaign and has helped the college raise more than $36 million in campaign support.

Santana recently stepped down as director of development for the college. In that position she helped build the NWIC's scholarship and endowment support. Santana recently took a position with the Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) to help build their youth wellness center.

This year’s TL’aneq sponsors were:
LIBC: $20,000
Tulalip Tribes: $10,000
Judy and Tom Mich: $10,000
Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation: $5,000
Puyallup Tribe of Indians: $5,000
The Boeing Company: $2,500
Cheryl Crazy Bull and Alex Prue: $2,500
Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians: $2,500
SSA Marine: $2,500