Published on November 20, 2012 by Amy
Northwest Indian College, operated by the Lummi tribe of Black Native Americans, is located in Bellingham, Washington. Its President is Cheryl Crazy Bull, a member of the Sicangu Lakota from the Rosebud Reservation in South Dakota.
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Northwest Indian College, located within the Lummi Nation in Washington State, began in 1973 as the Lummi Indian School of Aquaculture. In 1983 the Lummi Nation chartered the Lummi Community College to fulfill the need for a more comprehensive post-secondary education for tribal members. The Lummi Community College campaigned for accreditation by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities in 1988. The Commission affirmed accreditation in 1993, and Lummi Community College became Northwest Indian College. Years of expansion and dedication resulted in the College gaining accreditation as a four-year, Baccalaureate degree granting institution effective September 2008 by the Northwest Commission of Colleges and Universities.
Northwest Indian College has sites at numerous tribal locations throughout the state of Washington and at the Nez Perce reservation in Idaho.
The purpose of Northwest Indian College “is fulfilled by providing on-reservation educational opportunities, including academic, vocational, adult, continuing, cultural, recreational, and in-service education leading to appropriate certificates and degrees (undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees when such degree programs are accredited) in accordance with the needs of individual tribal communities.”