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Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium

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18th Annual Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium 

May 18th & 19th, 2023

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium is to honor the life and continue the work of one of the nation’s foremost authors, scholars, and intellectuals who passed away on November 13, 2005.  Throughout his life Deloria maintained ties with friends, tribes, and institutions in the Northwest.  One of his final public appearances was as the plenary speaker at the Robert K. Thomas Symposium held in 2005 at Northwest Indian College.  Following this event he expressed his desire to make the college the site of a yearly symposium in indigenous studies.  It is with this mandate in mind that we not only seek to carry out his wishes, but also to name the symposium in his honor.


Please consider making a gift to support the NWIC Foundation or Lhaq’temish Foundation. Donations will be used to support students and research at NWIC. We appreciate your support! The Lhaq’temish Foundation is available here to support the Lummi Nation. In the Lummi language, we say “Hy’shqe” thank you for your support.

Save the Date VDS 2023 (850 × 1500 px)


Victoria Walsey-Honanie

Vine Deloria Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium Co-Coordinator

Work Phone: (360) 392-4267


Emma Norman

Vine Deloria Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium Co-Coordinator

Work Phone: (360) 392-4309

VDS Theme Books

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.

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.

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