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NWIC Early Learning Center now has openings

Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Early Learning Center has four openings in its infant room.

Parents with children from one month to one year old can apply. Priority will be given to NWIC students, but community members and NWIC staff are also encouraged to apply.

Selections will be made based on when parents turn in their applications.

Time to register for Vine Deloria, Jr. Symposium

The 7th Annual Vine Deloria, Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium will be held July 12 through July 14 at Northwest Indian College's main campus, near Bellingham, Washington.

The purpose of the symposium is to bring together Native and non-native scholars and tribal elders interested in honoring the life and work of Vine Deloria, Jr., and in presenting new ideas and expanding knowledge in several key areas that Deloria devoted his life to.

Billy Frank Jr. to speak at NWIC graduation, June 15

Billy Frank Jr. (Nisqually), chair of Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission and a key figure in actions that have affirmed the treaty rights of Washington tribes, will be the commencement speaker at this year’s Northwest Indian College (NWIC) graduation ceremony.

The ceremony will take place June 15 at 4 p.m. at the Wex’lium Community Building. It is open to the community and will include a celebratory meal.

Who will become NWIC’s Frybread Champion?

A June 7 frybread competition will precede the “More Than Frybread” showing

On June 7, participants will compete for the title of NWIC Frybread Champion.

The competition will no doubt be tough. One of the competitors is reigning frybread royalty – Northwest Indian College’s (NWIC) Vice President for Campus Development, Dave Oreiro was named Frybread King after an NWIC cook-off several years ago.

Everyone is invited to the competition, which will take place at 3 p.m. in the covered area next to the NWIC Bookstore (Building 13). Competitors will have already prepared their frybread, which will then be judged by the competition audience and a group of judges – including filmmaker Travis Hamilton who wrote and directed the movie “More Than Frybread.”

NWIC's Valerie Segrest speaks at White House

On June, 1, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Native Nutrition Educator, Valerie Segrest spoke at a White House event celebrating the one year anniversary of Let's Move! in Indian Country.

Segrest, who works at NWIC's Muckleshoot campus, was selected to be part of a panel discussion of individuals whose work has helped build a healthier future for American Indian and Alaska Native youth.

Community Extravaganza has fun for the whole family

This year’s Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Community Extravaganza will feature foam jousting, a bouncy house, a dunk tank, Zig Zag the clown, a barbeque, cotton candy, face painting, and a whole lot more.

The free community event will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 8 on NWIC’s Lummi campus.

A call for catering bids for NWIC’s graduation

The Northwest Indian College (NWIC) Graduation Committee has begun planning for NWIC’s 2012 Commencement Ceremony, which will be held June 15 at the Wex’lium Building. Community members are invited to bid for the catering of the ceremony.

The committee estimates that 600 people will attend. Food will be served buffet style, with a serving staff for main entrees.  The caterer would be responsible for picking up supplies, groceries, and fish (purchased by NWIC and filleted).

A true community garden

NWIC’s new medicine wheel garden will feed and teach the community

The first phase of the medicine wheel garden was done by Northwest Indian College students, staff and faculty volunteers and included digging trenches and drainage systems, building small retaining walls and laying pathways to and through the garden. That process lasted four days, some of which were less than ideal for outdoor work.
Members of the Lummi and Bellingham communities have joined forces with Northwest Indian College (NWIC) students, staff and faculty to create a garden on the Lummi campus that will nourish, heal and teach the community.

The project, which began in March, is the Cooperative Extension department’s medicine wheel garden, located outside the department’s new building.

The purpose of the garden is to serve as a teaching tool for students and community members to learn how to use plants for food and medicine, said Vanessa Cooper, NWIC’s Traditional Plants and Foods Program Coordinator.

NWIC’s Winter 2012 President’s list

Congratulations, Northwest Indian College students for your outstanding work this academic year. The following students made the President’s List for winter quarter, 2012:

M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust awards NWIC $400,000 grant

Northwest Indian College (NWIC) was recently awarded a $400,000 challenge grant by the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust for campus technology improvements, which will help further bring the college’s technology into the 21st Century. 

The grant will support campus-wide technology infrastructure at the college’s main Lummi campus and improve distance learning capabilities throughout its six full-service extended campuses at reservations in Washington and Idaho. The college must raise another $325,000 to unlock the full challenge grant and to complete $725,000 in technology improvements.

“Access to technology in rural areas and reservations is more limited than most places in the U.S. This grant will help create more technological access for our students and the communities we serve,” Cheryl Crazy Bull, NWIC President said. “We recognize that this is a substantial gift from the Murdock Trust and we are honored to have the Trust join us as a partner in Native higher education.”