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Northwest Indian College Is A Tribally Controlled College chartered by the Lummi Nation.

Its primary goal is to serve the educational and training needs of Pacific Northwest Tribes and their people.

NWIC’s name in the Lummi language, XWLEMI ELH>TAL>NEXW SQUL (the people’s education), is the basis for the college’s mission, which states: Through education, Northwest Indian College promotes Indigenous self-determination and knowledge. Its main campus is located on the Lummi Reservation near Bellingham, Washington, with extended campus sites situated on reservations throughout Washington and Idaho.

Coast Salish Institute

Northwest Indian College enhances the living values of tribal communities and brings traditional ways into living contact with contemporary society. The Coast Salish Institute preserves and revitalizes Coast Salish culture, while honoring individual Native cultures, languages, history and traditions. The Institute is a model for tribal teaching and research and will serve as the heart of NWIC’s Native Studies Degree Program. The Institute’s research focuses on the preservation of Native languages, sacred site identification, cultural mapping, family history and genealogy work, and the examination of how traditional ways of life have been influenced by treaty rights, sovereignty, federalism, colonialism, self-determination, and self-governance.


Strategic Plan Core Themes

2018-2024 Strategic Plan

NWIC is in the planning phase of the next seven year Strategic Plan (2018-2024).

In the spirit of inclusion, numerous environmental scans have been executed including: a community needs survey, focus groups, and a visioning session. The Strategic Planning committee has incorporated the Indigenous Evaluation Framework to create a truly responsive strategic plan that meets the needs of the tribal communities served by NWIC.

  • Goal 1: NWIC promotes student self-identity through the tribal college experience

    • Objective 1: Increase student satisfaction with the tribal college experience
    • Objective 2: Ensure cultural content in courses support students’ self- identity and indigenous knowledge

    Goal 2: Indigenous knowledge is the foundation for all programs of study

    • Objective 1: Develop and cultivate a body of knowledge that supports curriculum, including the NWIC requirements, general education and core Native Studies courses
    • Objective 2: Support four-year degree programs with culturally- competent core Native faculty
    • Objective 3: Support high-quality student learning with culturally- competent faculty
    • Objective 4: Native language is foundational for all students’ learning

    Goal 3: NWIC actively engages faculty and students in research and scholarship in support of the college’s mission and programs

    • Objective 1: Increase the indigenous body of knowledge through a supportive environment for scholarships and research
    • Objective 2: Increase capacity for research and scholarships, particularly among students and Native scholars
    • Objective 3: Publish and disseminate research

Core Theme 1:
Engage Indigenous Knowledge

Core Theme 2:
Commitment to Student Success

Core Theme 3:
Access to Higher Education Opportunities at All Levels for Tribal Communities

Core Theme 4:
Advance Place-Based Community Education and Outreach

NWIC Extended Campus Locations

Northwest Indian College‘s main campus is located at the Lummi Nation. The College also has six full service extended campus sites located at Muckleshoot, Nez Perce, Nisqually, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Swinomish, and Tulalip. Please use the location links to view details for each extended campus site.

Student Life

NWIC students are encouraged to engage and integrate into the life of the institution. Students are offered opportunities to participate in enrichment activities through Student Affairs, student government, and residence life.

Financial Aid

Northwest Indian College administers a broad range of financial aid, scholarships, and work-study programs for students who can demonstrate financial need.

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