The 7th Annual Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium will be held July 12 through July 14 at Northwest Indian College's main campus, near Bellingham, Washington.
The purpose of the symposium is to bring together Native and non-native scholars and tribal elders interested in honoring the life and work of Vine Deloria, Jr., and in presenting new ideas and expanding knowledge in several key areas that Deloria devoted his life to.
Billy Frank Jr. (Nisqually), chair of Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and a key figure in actions that have affirmed the treaty rights of Washington tribes, will be the commencement speaker at this year’s Northwest Indian College (NWIC) graduation ceremony.
The ceremony will take place June 15 at 4 p.m. at the Wex’lium Community Building. It is open to the community and will include a celebratory meal.
A June 7 frybread competition will precede the “More Than Frybread” showing
On June 7, participants will compete for the title of NWIC Frybread Champion.
The competition will no doubt be tough. One of the competitors is reigning frybread royalty – Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Vice President for Campus Development, Dave Oreiro was named Frybread King after an NWIC cook-off several years ago.
Everyone is invited to the competition, which will take place at 3 p.m. in the covered area next to the NWIC Bookstore (Building 13). Competitors will have already prepared their frybread, which will then be judged by the competition audience and a group of judges – including filmmaker Travis Hamilton who wrote and directed the movie “More Than Frybread.”
On June, 1, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Native Nutrition Educator, Valerie Segrest spoke at a White House event celebrating the one year anniversary of Let's Move! in Indian Country.
Segrest, who works at NWIC's Muckleshoot campus, was selected to be part of a panel discussion of individuals whose work has helped build a healthier future for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.
This year’s Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Community Extravaganza will feature foam jousting, a bouncy house, a dunk tank, Zig Zag the clown, a barbeque, cotton candy, face painting, and a whole lot more.
The free community event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 8 on NWIC’s Lummi campus.
The Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Graduation Committee has begun planning for NWIC’s 2012 Commencement Ceremony, which will be held June 15 at the Wex’lium Building. Community members are invited to bid for the catering of the ceremony.
The committee estimates that 600 people will attend. Food will be served buffet style, with a serving staff for main entrees. The caterer would be responsible for picking up supplies, groceries, and fish (purchased by NWIC and filleted).
NWIC’s new medicine wheel garden will feed and teach the community
The first phase of the medicine wheel garden was done by Northwest Indian College students, staff and faculty volunteers and included digging trenches and drainage systems, building small retaining walls and laying pathways to and through the garden. That process lasted four days, some of which were less than ideal for outdoor work.
Members of the Lummi and Bellingham communities have joined forces with Northwest Indian College (NWIC) students, staff and faculty to create a garden on the Lummi campus that will nourish, heal and teach the community.
The project, which began in March, is the Cooperative Extension department’s medicine wheel garden, located outside the department’s new building.
The purpose of the garden is to serve as a teaching tool for students and community members to learn how to use plants for food and medicine, said Vanessa Cooper, NWIC’s Traditional Plants and Foods Program Coordinator.