20 1994 Tribal College Issues - University of Wisconsin

Cooperative Extension,
Community Education, and
Tribal Training
Traditional Plants and Foods
Financial Literacy
Cultural Arts
Youth Development
Continuing Education
Tribal Museum Studies
Vocational Training
Tribal Business Education
Learning Skills Enhancement
Chemical Dependency Studies
NWIC Cooperative Extension 2010 Organizational Chart and Credit Offerings
100 Ton Master Cert.
#80 Credits per qtr.
Tribal Museum Studies
Certificate Program
10-15 credits offered/yr
Burke Museum, Wing Luke
Museum, Tulalip Cultural Dept.
(Hank and Inez Bill)
Chemical Dependency
Certificate Program
21 credits offered/yr
1 FT Programs
USDA Endowment
Traditional Plants
& Foods
- 5 PT staff
Foundation &
Tribal Grants
USDA/NIFA Native Foods
Nutrition CBPR Project
Plants Classes
Cooking Classes
Sites: Lummi, Muckleshoot
Health & Wellness Ctr., NW
Indian Treatment Center; Port
Gamble S’Klallam, regional
Plants Gatherings (every 2
Annual Harvest
Celebration and Fall Food
Partners: NW
Indian Treatment
Center, Lummi Youth
Build, McKenzie
-1 FT Staff
- 1 FT Director
Casino Exec.
(phasing out)
Nisqually Aquatic
Tech Certificate *
- 1 FT Staff
Extension Funds
Weavers Teaching Weavers
& Art Market
- 2 FT Staff
Grants, CDFI
PNW Basketry Classes
Youth Build
GED credits (36
Lummi Water & Sewer
professional development
WorkFirst, Youth
Build, Zenith
Maritime, Lummi
Water and Sewer,
Youth Build
NA Women & Girls, Men &
Holiday Art Market
Partners: Lummi CDFI, Ventures, LETC, TANF, Lummi Housing,
Swinomish Housing, Muckleshoot Health & Wellness Ctr.;
1000 Facebook Friends!
Financial Literacy
trainings, Train the
trainers & related
Consumer Math (1) *
* pending/in process
Traditional Plants and Foods
• Diabetes Prevention Through Traditional
• Lummi Traditional Foods Project
• Traditional Foods of Puget Sound
• Honor the Gift of Food
• Native Foods Nutrition Project
Diabetes Prevention Through
Traditional Plants – Vanessa Cooper
• Seasonal gatherings are hosted by many tribes. People learn to
recognize, harvest, preserve, and use plants as foods and
• Mentoring activities produce more community educators.
• Fall harvest festivals feature traditional cooks preparing such
foods as pemmican, bannock bread, seaweed salad, elk stew,
razor clam chowder, hazelnut cakes, bear meat, seal oil,
Douglas fir ice, Indian ice cream, and more.
• Our curriculum on Diabetes Prevention and Intervention Using
Traditional Foods and Medicines has been taught to many tribal
educators. Our book, Wild Rose and Western Red Cedar: The
Gifts of the Northwest Plants was produced and distributed. Both
were created by Elise Krohn, our Native Plants Specialist.
Lummi Traditional Foods Project –
Vanessa Cooper
• Community-based research project to address Lummi tribal
priorities toward wellness for all community members through
knowledge of culture and practice of the Lummi way of life
• We will characterize the diets of 15 Lummi families and highlight
foods for lifestyle interventions.
• Interventions will be in the form of provision of healthy foods,
healthy recipes, and educational programs that support healthy
food behaviors.
• Findings will help us develop a health food behaviors program
model that can be replicated in other tribes regionally and
Traditional Foods of Puget Sound –
Valerie Segrest
• This community-based research project builds on research
initiated by the UW’s Burke Museum and was inspired by
requests from the Muckleshoot, Tulalip, and Suquamish
• We worked with tribal nutritionists, health care providers,
cooks, cultural leaders, and others to identify a contemporary
equivalent to a traditionally healthy Coast Salish diet.
• A 3-day cooks camp with 17 cooks
from 10 tribes created many
traditional recipes using both
traditional foods and other foods that
are more readily available.
• A booklet describing the research
project and including the recipes is
being produced.
Honor the Gift of Food –
Valerie Segrest
• A new 3-credit class, is being piloted at the Northwest
Indian College extended campus at Muckleshoot.
• Students will be introduced to basic nutrition principles
and concepts.
• A special emphasis will be placed on nutritional issues in
Native American communities and how to effectively
transfer nutrition information into practice.
• Tribal traditions, customs, and beliefs will
be integrated into the curriculum.
• This course is our first step toward our
goal of adding a formal classroom
education component to our program.
Native Foods Nutrition Project –
Elise Krohn & Elizabeth Campbell
• This is a partnership between Northwest Indian
College and the Northwest Indian Treatment
Center, a 45-day inpatient program in Elma, WA
with a strong traditional foods program that is
centered around a traditional foods garden.
• Classes in traditional foods and medicines are
offered to patients weekly.
• Family workshops are offered monthly.
• Support networks that include elders with
knowledge of traditional foods and medicines
provide support for patients when they return
• Train-the-trainer activities and ongoing support
will help prepare even more people to become
community educators.
Native Foods Nutrition Project –
Elise Krohn & Elizabeth Campbell
Recent Activities:
• It was a good season in the traditional
foods garden. Patients harvested
vegetables and cooked several meals in
• Patients made medicine for the herbal
pharmacy that is available to them.
• After harvesting several herbs in the
medicine wheel garden this summer,
patients learned to process dried herbs
and then blend and prepare herbal teas.
• Lushootseed names of plants are being
added to the common names and
scientific names already in the gardens.
Financial Literacy – Sunny Guillory
and Cristie James
• Financial Literacy core classes
2-day workshops
On average, 6-8 participants per class
TANF and GA clients and other community members
One-on-one follow-up after completion of class
Individual plans
• Grocery Shopping on a Fixed Budget
– 1-day workshop with a field trip
– On average, 4-6 participants
– Encourage networking and sharing of ideas among
– Different recipes in each class that incorporate healthy,
quick, low-cost meals for families
Financial Literacy – Sunny
Guillory and Cristie James
• Holiday Budgeting
– 2-hour workshops offered in both the morning and
– On average, 12-14 participants
– Review family budgets and holiday budgeting worksheet
– Planning / budgeting for holiday meals
– Make & Take: quick, easy, inexpensive, and nice gifts for
family and friends
• Upcoming Classes
– Pathways to Home Ownership
– Credit Counseling / Credit Repair
– Savings Clubs / Peer Support
Financial Literacy – Sunny
Guillory and Cristie James
• Partnerships
– Swinomish Housing
– United Indians of All Tribes
– Lummi Ventures
– Lummi CDFI
– Lummi Youth Build
• Future Partnerships
– Lummi Housing Authority
– Muckleshoot Health &
– Lummi Nation Schools
– Individual Development
Accounts (IDAs)
Cultural Arts – Ruth Solomon
& Lora Boome
• 7th Annual Weavers Teaching Weavers Gathering,
Wexliem Community Building at Lummi, April 14-16,
• Native Art Market and Demonstration
Day at Whatcom Museum of History
and Art, April 17, 2010.
• Holiday Art Market, at
NWIC Log Building,
Dec. 5-6, 2009
Youth Development – Ruth
Solomon & Lora Boome
Native American Women & Girls Conference
Retreat for Native American Men & Boys
3rd week in August, Camp Huston, Gold Bar, WA
100+ participants – over half are children or youth
Intergenerational bonding and nurturing cultural identity help youth
raise their self-esteem, increase their knowledge and study skills,
and reduce their likelihood of engaging in harmful behaviors.
Continuing Education – Ruth
Solomon & Lora Boome
2009 events where we registered participants for
Continuing Education Units (CEUs):
WSIEA Conference @ Quinault, April 2
Economic Prosperity Conference @ Squaxin Island, April 27
Service Learning Summit @ NWIC, May 6
Economic Summit @ Silver Reef Casino, May 22
Natural Hazard Awareness Fair @ NWIC, June 10
Native Plant Class @ Stillaguamish, June 24
Tribal Healing Wellness Conference @ Chehalis, Sept 9
Cultural Resource Planning Summit @ Suquamish, Sept 28
NNABA Gathering @ Chehalis, Oct 2
Domestic Violence @ Wexliem, Oct 21
TERO Conference @ Fife, Nov 10
Youth Build - Lora Boome
• Consists of 37 youth ages 16-24
• Provides opportunities for them to
gain knowledge on:
• leadership development
• occupational training
• work experience
• physical fitness
• traditional knowledge
• In partnership with Lummi Systems of Care, Lora has been going to Youth Build ,
Mondays and Thursdays to educate the youth on traditional plants.
• She is using the Diabetes Prevention curriculum.
• There are actually a few youth that have some knowledge about plants from their
“It’s a good experience to work with the youth. I enjoy watching them grow and
expand their skills that I know they are capable of,” (Lora Boome).
Tribal Museum Studies
• A new program initiated in
2009 at the request of tribal
museum professionals.
• Providing professional
development for tribal
museum staff.
• The long term plan is to
incorporate these and other
museum courses into a
four-year degree in Native
American Studies.
Tribal Museum Studies
– This course was taught by Megon Noble at the Burke
Museum during Spring Quarter, 2009 to 13 students from
several different tribes.
– TMSD 260
5 credits
– This course was taught by Marilyn Jones at the
Suquamish Museum during Fall Quarter to six students.
– TMSD 262
5 credits
– This course will be offered Spring Quarter 2010 at the
Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA.
– TMSD 264
5 credits
Vocational Training – Nadeen Jimmy
Responding to requests from tribes for a broad
range of training
• Lummi Water & Sewer Training
– Starts November 16, 2009
• Swinomish – Excel Training
• Tulalip – 100-ton Master Training
• Tulalip – Geoduck Diving / Harvesting
• Nisqually – Aquatic Enterprises
• Lushootseed Research Conference
Tribal Business Education – Frank
What are clients asking for in business
Degrees rather than certificates
Gaming Management Education
Hospitality Management Training
Tribal Enterprise Management
Certifications in Supervision
Management Training
Accounting classes (Excel)
WorkFirst – Wendy Davis
We received the highest ranking of all Washington colleges that met
the performance requirements for the first quarter in 2009-10.
WorkFirst provides:
• Customized Job Skills Training programs designed to meet the
needs of local employers
• Basic skills education
• Life Skills workshops
• Job Placement and Post Employment Services
• Resource support for students in need
• Emotional support and encouragement
• Work-study positions
Job Skills Programs We Can Pay For
• Computer Maintenance and Repair, Web Design, Chemical
Dependency Counseling, Office Professions, Business
Management, Construction Trades, Welding / Pipefitting / Blueprint
Reading, Degree Completion
Chemical Dependency Studies
• A partnership between Northwest Indian College
& Northwest Indian Treatment Center, a
program of the Squaxin Island Tribe
• Emphasizes Traditional Ways of Knowing
• Courses leading to certification and recertification for chemical dependency counselors
are taught by Jami Tisdale and Mike Tisdale at
the Northwest Indian Treatment Center in Elma
• We are exploring an opportunity to offer courses
through Spokane’s NATIVE Project
Chemical Dependency Studies
Class Schedule
Fall Quarter 2009
• HUMS 120: Survey of Chemical Dependency
September 11-13 & 25-26 - Jami Tisdale
• HUMS 130: Pharmacology of the Substances of Abuse
October 9-11 & 23-24 - Mike Tisdale
• HUMS 223: Chemical Dependency Assessment and Treatment
November 6-8 & 20-21 - Jami Tisdale
Winter Quarter 2010
• HUMS 210: Group Facilitation
December 4-6 & 18-19 - Mike Tisdale
• HUMS 160: Chemical Dependency Case Management
February 12-14 & 26-27 - Jami Tisdale
Spring Quarter 2010
• HUMS 170: Chemical Dependency Individual Counseling
March 19-21 & April 2-3 - Mike Tisdale
• HUMS 275: Relapse Prevention
April 16-18 & April 30-May 1 - Jami Tisdale
• Hums 230: Chemical Dependency & the Family
May 14-16 & 28-29 - Mike Tisdale
Earned Income Potential
Potential Opportunities to Generate Earned Income
to Support Ongoing and Expanded Programming:
 Fees for services (e.g., Financial Literacy training; Casino
Executive Management training; train-the-trainer events; etc.)
 Product sales (e.g., curricula; training books / videos; retail
products generated through program activities; etc.)
Steps to be Undertaken:
 Market Analysis
 Feasibility Study
 Business Plan
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and
Agriculture (NIFA)
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Research Innovation and Development
Grants in Economics (RIDGE)
National Endowment of the Arts
Washington Health Foundation
First Nations Development Institute
Potlatch Fund
Tulalip Tribes
Muckleshoot Indian Tribe
Lummi Nation
Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
Squaxin Island Tribe
Swinomish Housing Authority
Lummi Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI)
Lummi Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
Women’s Funding Alliance
Harvest Foundation
Jeffris Wood Foundation
U.S. Bank Foundation
Washington Sea Grant
Mission of NWIC Office of
Cooperative Extension
To promote self-sufficiency and wellness for
indigenous people through culturally
grounded, multi-generational, and
holistic programs
Contact Us
Department Staff
Susan Given-Seymour, Director of Community Education and Outreach
(360) 392-4248, [email protected]
Sunny Guillory, Financial Literacy Program Coordinator
(360)392-4280, [email protected]
Cristie James, Financial Literacy Trainer
[email protected]
Ruth Solomon, Continuing Ed. Program Coordinator
(360)392-4259, [email protected]
Elise Krohn, Native Plant Educator
(360)485-3848, [email protected]
Vanessa Cooper, Traditional Plant Program Coordinator
(360)392-4343, [email protected]
Tami Chock, Program Support
[email protected]
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