Northwestern Presidents Assist Indian StudentsNov 15th, 2008 | By tcj | Category: 20-2: Native Green, Tribal College News
In spring 2008, Northwest Indian College (NWIC) President Cheryl Crazy Bull (Sicangu Lakota) joined with the presidents of the University of Idaho, Washington State University, Lewis-Clark State College, and North Idaho College to sign a memorandum of understanding to increase recruitment and retention of American Indian students.
The schools will provide focused Native American studies and will collaborate on other programs. The Indians of the Columbia Plateau live in the area between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains, in parts of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.
The schools already work separately with Northwest tribes, but this agreement steps up previous agreements to strengthen American Indian instruction, including the possibility of allowing students to take classes at each of the different schools to satisfy requirements.
The agreement creates a standing Native American Collaborations Committee, with a member from each school. Northwest Indian College already reaches students at branch sites in Lapwai and Kamiah, ID, by offering classes via video conference from the school’s main site in Bellingham, WA.