Native American and World Indigenous People Studies
These programs study the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest, the Americas and the world. Evergreen offers on-campus interdisciplinary programs, as well as a reservation-based program that responds to the educational goals of local tribal communities. All Native American and World Indigenous People Studies (NAWIPS) programs can be viewed online at www.evergreen.edu/nativeprograms.
On-campus, students explore a continuum from pre-Columbian times to the contemporary era, with particular attention to the tribes of the Pacific Northwest. These programs are grounded in recognition of the vitality and diversity of contemporary Indigenous communities. Off campus, the Reservation-Based Community-Determined Program is designed to serve place-bound students. For more information on the RBCD Program, visit www.evergreen.edu/tribal.
The Longhouse Education and Cultural Center represents a living link to the tribal communities of the Pacific Northwest. Its purpose and philosophy are centered on service and hospitality to students, the college, Indigenous communities and the community at large. It provides classroom space, houses the NAWIPS programs, serves as a center for multicultural interaction, and hosts conferences, ceremonies, performances, exhibits and community gatherings. The primary public service work of the Longhouse is to administer the Native Economic Development Arts Program (NEDAP) that promotes education, cultural preservation and economic development for Native artists and tribes in the Pacific Northwest.
The Northwest Indian Applied Research Institute (NIARI) responds to concerns identified by tribal communities by initiating applied research around such issues as curriculum development, economic sustainability and resource management. The results of student-generated research are realized through workshops, community interaction and online, www.evergreen.edu/nwindian. NIARI works with the tribes—if they choose—to implement those results.
For information on the MPA track in Tribal Governance, visit www.evergreen.edu/mpa/tribal or the Graduate Studies page 83.