NWIC receives $1.5 million from LIBC for campus expansion

Contribution will allow NWIC to complete two more buildings

Northwest Indian College (NWIC) has undergone some major growth over the past eight years – on its main campus at Lummi alone, six new buildings have been built and another is nearly complete. Until recently, though, construction on two buildings was stalled. NWIC still needed to secure more than $1 million before building could proceed.

This fall, NWIC got the funds it needed when the Lummi Indian Business Council (LIBC) voted to approve a $1.5 million contribution for construction of a new Library/Technology building and for a Coast Salish Institute building.

NWIC’s rocket team starts the year strong

 Last year, Northwest Indian College’s rocket club took first place in the American Indian Society of Engineers and Scientists (AISES) portion of the First Nations Launch competition and took 12th out of 41 teams that took part in the 2012 NASA University Student Launch Initiative competition.

Now, the Space Center and its team, the RPGs, is at it again. They are gearing up to participate in this year’s competitions.

NWIC’s team was accepted into the 2013 NASA competition in late September. The five-month countdown to competition blast off has begun. During this time, the RPGs will continue to improve and test launch their rocket and begin testing and perfecting a technology new to this year’s rocket: a multi-rotor vehicle (MV), an idea that sprung from previous launches that would end with students walking long distances – sometimes miles – to retrieve rockets after they had landed.

A passion for traditional plants and foods

by Gail Julius, NWIC Traditional Plants & Foods employee

My name is Gail Julius, my mother is Vela (Julius) Kamkoff & my grandparents were Vela (Jefferson) Trouse and Haynes Julius. Vanessa Cooper is the child of Jena (Julius) Ostrand and Jim Ostrand (we have the same grandparents) and is the coordinator and educator for Northwest Indian College’s Traditional Plants & Food Program. I write to you, my community, on behalf of the NWIC Traditional Plants & Food Program (part of NWIC’s Cooperative Extension Office).

Healthy recipe of the month: Powerhouse Chicken Pita

by Gail Julius, NWIC Traditional Plants & Foods employee

In order to help show that healthy meals can be delicious, Gail Julius, of Northwest Indian College’s Traditional Plants & Foods Program (part of the Cooperative Extension Office) has committed to providing the community with a recipe each month.

“Like anything in life, change is a slow process,” Julius said. “I am not saying that you have to give up your favorite foods, just choose one day per week to introduce healthy food choices, and begin to watch your body transform.”

This month’s featured recipe is Powerhouse Chicken Pita, which is made of chicken, kale, spinach, almonds, whole wheat pita bread and your choice of dressing.

NWIC expands childcare facility, capacity

Northwest Indian College (NWIC ) students will soon have more childcare available on campus.

This winter, more parents will be able to drop their children off at the college's Early Learning Center thanks to an expansion that will allow the center to bring in 20 more children. Construction on the center began in early summer.

Ashia Smock, the Early Learning Center (ELC) manager, said demand for childcare at the facility has outweighed available spots, specifically preschool care, since the center opened in 2009.

What’s next? NWIC transfer, job fairs offer opportunities for the future

Northwest Indian College (NWIC) will host two events on Nov. 15 intended to help students and community members find some direction for the future.

The day will kick off with NWIC’s Fall Transfer Fair, which will run from 9 a.m. to noon in the Log Building on NWIC’s Lummi campus, at 2522 Kwina Road. The event, which is sponsored by the Washington Council for High School-College Relations, will feature Western Washington University, the University of Washington, Washington State University, Evergreen State College, Pacific Lutheran University, Central Washington University and Eastern Washington University.

NWIC students prepare, donate food to Little Bear Creek elders

Make A Difference Day is the largest national day of community service, during which millions of volunteers around the world unite to improve the lives of others. At Northwest Indian College (NWIC), this day did not go unrecognized, thanks to the dedication of students and the community-service-oriented force that is the college’s Indigenous Service Learning Office.

On Oct. 24 – three days before the official Make a Difference Day – NWIC students gathered under the college’s old apple trees, which are some of the last remains of the orchard that grew on campus before it was campus.

The trees still flourish, bursting with apples each fall. This fall was no different. The trees did very well. Occasionally, an NWIC student or employee picks one up for a snack, but many of the apples remain on the ground until they are absorbed back into it.


Regarding the Initiation of the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Section106 Review of Northwest Indian College’s Coast Salish Institute

The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has offered Northwest Indian College(NWIC) a grant to construct a new Coast Salish Institute.  NEH is an independent grant- making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.  This public notice is issued as part of NEH’s responsibilities under 36 C.F.R. Part 800, the regulations which implement Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA) of 1966, as amended, 16 U.S.C. § 470.  NEH, as a funding agency, is required by regulation to identify and assess the effects of any proposedactions on historic properties.  If any proposed undertaking will have an adverse effect on historic resources, NEH works with the appropriate parties to seek ways to avoid, minimize, or mitigate any adverse effects. Additionally, the Section 106 regulations require NEH to consider the views of the public on preservation issues when making final decisions that affect historic properties.

Golf fundraiser garners $18,500 for NWIC athletics

Northwest Indian College’s 10th Annual Big Drive for Education Golf Scramble raised $18,505 for student athletics and athletic programming – that’s up from last year’s Golf Scramble, which brought in $17,000. Money was raised through a combination of team sponsorship, tee sponsors and raffle sales.

Ten teams participated in the event this year, held Sept. 14 at the North Bellingham Golf Course in Bellingham, Wash.

“It was a great day, the weather was nice and we saw some great golf shots,” said Greg Masten, director of NWIC’s Development Office, which organized the event. “Congratulations to the winning golf teams.”

NWIC conference brings together tribal food sovereignty leaders

From left, Miguel Hernandez, JB Williams and Shin-Gee Dunston hold bowls of vegetables that were cooked in a pit oven at the Our Food Is Our Medicine conference, held in early September on Bainbridge Island.
From left, Miguel Hernandez, JB Williams and Shin-Gee Dunston hold bowls of vegetables that were cooked in a pit oven at the Our Food Is Our Medicine conference, held in early September on Bainbridge Island.
In early September, more than 130 tribal food sovereignty leaders and learners gathered to share stories of community programs that have helped regional tribal members return to more traditional, healthier diets, and to share traditional food and cooking methods.

The gathering, called the Our Food is Our Medicine: Revitalizing Native Food Traditions Conference, was organized by Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Institute of Indigenous Foods & Traditions and held on Bainbridge Island. The three-day conference attracted people from as far as Minnesota, Alaska and California, said Meghan McCormick, coordinator of the Institute, which is part of NWIC’s Cooperative Extension Department.