Northwest Indian College opened a new Cooperative Extension Building Dec. 2, it’s seventh addition to the campus since 2005.
The $1.3 million building will house community classes on harvesting, cooking and preserving traditional and other local foods, financial skills for families, homebuyer education, basket weaving, tribal food sovereignty and developing medicinal gardens.
“Through the college’s extension services, we connect the value of taking care of ourselves and each other with our knowledge of wellness, cultural arts and family,” NWIC President Cheryl Crazy Bull said in a press release. “Extension services reach out to bring people together to share stories, skills and relationships.”
The 2,800-square-foot building includes sustainable features such as radiant floor heating, a green roof above the entrance and wiring for solar panels.
The new facility was made possible by contributions from regional tribes, including a $25,000 donation from the Siletz Tribe of Oregon, and from local organizations such as the St. Luke’s Foundation, which also donated $25,000.
“We are very committed to investing in the health of our community and were impressed with the Native Nutrition Project at NWIC, and its focus on encouraging healthy eating that is consistent with the heritage of the Lummi People,” Sue Sharpe, Luke’s Foundation executive director, said in a press release.
So far, NWIC has raised about $36 million as part of an ongoing $44 million capital campaign, with plans for three more buildings. NWIC is a nonprofit educational institution headquartered on the Lummi Reservation.