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NWIC Cooperative Extension Recieves Award for the NATIVE FAMILY EMPOWERMENT PROJECT

The Northwest Indian College Cooperative Extension RECEIVES $90,000 GRANT FOR the NATIVE FAMILY EMPOWERMENT PROJECT.

The Northwest Indian College recently received a $90,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado.  This award will support the efforts of the Northwest Indian College’s Financial Literacy Program’s Native Family Empowerment Project. 

Sacred Little Ones Initiative Recognized by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation

In 2011, Northwest Indian College was one of four Tribal Colleges and Universities that received the “Wakanyeja ‘Sacred Little Ones’ Tribal College Readiness and Success by Third Grade” grant.  The initiative focuses on strengthening early childhood education with Native families and communities.  The purpose of the project is to create innovative, tribally-based activities and solutions that improve early childhood education for Native children and empower families and communities to act as agents of positive change for their children.

NWIC Meets with EPA Administrator to Restore Food Sovereignty to Tribal Nations

Gina McCarthy, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and senior EPA officials visited Northwest Indian College’s Lummi and Swinomish campuses on April 14-15, 2015.  The visit centered around college efforts to restore food sovereignty to tribal nations and to study the impacts of global climate change on traditional foods.   The Administrator viewed current and past ecoAmbassador projects that are funded by the EPA in coordination with American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC).

Northwest Indian College Sets Date for 10th Annual Vine Deloria, Jr. Symposium

The 10th Annual Vine Deloria, Jr. Symposium is set for July 9, 10, 11, 2015 and will be held at the Coast Salish Institute Building on Lummi Campus.

We are pleased to announce this year’s theme for the Symposium is:

“Staying the Course: Honoring our ancestors and empowering our youth”

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Our Food is Our Medicine

Our Food is Our Medicine Third annual gathering: Resiliency in a Time of Change a conference hosted by the Northwest Indian College’s

Institute of Indigenous Foods & Traditions
September 24th-26
Kiana Lodge
Suquamish, WA

Three dynamic tracks: Teachings of the Plant People, Healing Our Waters, and Community Activism.
Join us for hands-on workshops, dynamic speakers, a clam bake on the beach,
and three days of cultivating a vibrant native foods community.

Coast Salish Institute Grand Opening

Please join us in celebrating the Coast Salish Institute Grand Opening
July 9th  @ 11:00 am
NWIC Main Campus

Sacred Little Ones program event brings tribal educators to Lummi

By Shelley Macy, NWIC Early Childhood Education Director

On June 7, Lummi elders and community leaders, along with the Northwest Indian College Early Childhood Wakanyeja Sacred Little Ones (WSLO) program, welcomed WSLO teams from the College of the Menominee Nation (CMN-Wisconsin), Ilisagvik College (IC-Alaska), and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI-New Mexico) to the annual WSLO convening at the Silver Reef Casino.

Recipe of the Month: Low Sugar Strawberry Rhubarb Crunch

Each month Lummi Tribal member and NWIC employee Gail Julius shares a healthy recipe with readers in an effort to make eating healthy easy, and fun.

“Eating healthy is a personal decision and often a hard one to make when we feel crunched for time or overworked,” Julius said. “It is easy to lose sight of what we put into our bodies, but I have significantly changed my eating habits since joining the Traditional Plants & Foods Program team, and now I am asking my readers to challenge themselves. As we enter the summer season, shop at fresh produce stands and start incorporating more fruits and vegetables into your own recipes. Truly give your body a chance to benefit from them.”

This month, Julius shares a spin on a summer-time favorite: low-sugar strawberry rhubarb crunch.

Lummi Food Sovereignty gets a big boost

The Northwest Indian College project receives $65,000 grant from The ConAgra Foods Foundation

Food sovereignty is a topic that is being discussed more and more in Indian Country these days – we can’t be sovereign if we can’t control our food sources. That idea has prompted Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Cooperative Extension Department to implement food sovereignty programs at two of its reservation sites: Muckleshoot and Lummi.

The Muckleshoot project was the first of the two to launch about four years ago. From the get go, the program was popular in the Muckleshoot community and received national attention from other tribes, donor organizations and the media.

Last year, motivated by the success of the Muckleshoot project and requests from the Lummi community, NWIC launched the Lummi Food Sovereignty Project. Now this younger project is beginning to see its share of support.

New NWIC building dedicated to tribal environmental research

The Salish Sea Research Center will be fully operational by July 1

This summer, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) will open a new $2.2 million building on its main Lummi Reservation campus that will take science research capabilities at the college to new heights. With the new building, students and faculty will be able to conduct environmental research that supports healthy, clean, and vibrant environments that sustain tribal people.

The new 4,200-square-foot building was aptly named the Salish Sea Research Center. The Salish Sea has sustained tribes along its coast for centuries, and now research at NWIC will help support the health of the Salish Sea’s waters and shorelines.