The Northwest Indian College Tulalip Site opens its doors to the first-ever Tribal Food Sovereignty Presentation Kitchen on a Tribal College campus Friday, Nov. 3.
The state-of-the-art, camera-ready kitchen allows students and instructors to study and present based on the principle that all people must sustain themselves within a 5-mile radius of where they live, grow their community and raise their family.
Northwest Indian College President Justin Guillory and the College’s Board of Trustees will tour the kitchen and share a meal with faculty, students and community members at 5 p.m. opening night.
“The new kitchen will allow our students a place where they can take instruction using traditional food sovereignty practices and create their own contemporary results,” said Lindsey Crofoot, long-time adjunct Native Environmental Science and Food Sovereignty instructor at the NWIC Tulalip site.
The kitchen was made possible by grants from the Tulalip Tribes Charitable Trust, The Puyallup Tribe of Indians and 2020 Cares Act funding.
Tulalip is one of six extended campus sites of the College. With its main campus located on the Lummi Indian Reservation in Bellingham, Washington, Northwest Indian College is the only Tribal College serving the states of Washington, Oregon and Idaho and students representing over 100 Tribal Nations. In 2023, the College celebrated its 40th anniversary and a record-high enrollment.