Amazon has donated $100,000 to Northwest Indian College to fund scholarships and support students in one of the nation’s only Indigenous environmental science programs.
“We are extremely grateful for Amazon’s generosity, which will likely not only open doors, but also help provide students with the support they need to succeed,” said Northwest Indian College President Justin P. Guillory. , in a press release.
The funding will ensure that critical curriculum and perspective is more accessible to students so they can become better environmental stewards in the Pacific Northwest and beyond, according to the school.
“We are proud to support Northwest Indian College because we share a commitment to sustainability and equity,” said Pearl Leung, community engagement manager at Amazon. “We are so fortunate that the Indigenous Environmental Science graduates of (Northwest Indian College) are prepared to pursue the knowledge of Indigenous peoples, combined with the latest scientific advancements, to further the important stewardship of our planet. »
The Native Environmental Science program is one of the only programs in the country that combines traditional Indigenous knowledge and the latest scientific advancements into a program that is respectful, responsive, and inclusive of Indigenous cultures. It is designed to develop holistic skills to uphold inherent and treaty rights.
The program is grounded in Indigenous knowledge systems and traditional practices alongside new technologies and tools of inquiry while offering students the choice of majoring in environmental science or interdisciplinary concentrations.
“As a graduate and current faculty member of the Indigenous Environmental Science program, I am continually inspired by our students. We train Indigenous scientists who are prepared to bring respect for history, people and place, relationality, reciprocity, self-awareness, capacity and communication to their future professions. I’m so grateful to be part of the NWIC family,” said Aissa Yazzie, who is Dine’.
Established by the Lummi Nation, Northwest Indian College is one of 37 tribal colleges and universities nationwide. With its main campus located on the Lummi Indian Reservation in Whatcom County, it is the only accredited tribal college serving the states of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
The college grew out of the Lummi Indian School of Aquaculture, founded in 1973, and was chartered as Lummi Community College in 1983. In January 1989, in recognition of serving native people across the Northwest, it was renamed Northwest Indian College.
The college now comprises six full-service satellite campuses located in Muckleshoot, Nez Perce, Nisqually, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Swinomish and Tulalip.
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Natasha Brennan covers the impact of Washington State tribes on our local communities, the environment and politics, as well as traditions, culture and equity issues, for McClatchy Media Companies in Bellingham, Olympia , Tacoma and Tri-Cities.
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