The Native Pathways Program is for students who are invested and involved within Native American or Indigenous communities and culture.

The Native Pathways Program (NPP) promotes life-long indigenous scholarship by placing value on cultural and traditional knowledge, working with indigenous research methodologies, and expanding indigeneity through academia.

Students attend class two nights per week at approved sites (Tacoma, Olympia, Quinault, Port Angeles at Peninsula College’s Longhouse) or through a hybrid program combining online and in-person instruction. Students attend class four Saturdays per quarter (typically one per month) at Evergreen’s Longhouse on the Olympia campus.

Who Should Apply

This upper-division program serves students with strong connections to tribal and indigenous communities who have earned 90 or more college credits. Contact nativepathways@evergreen.edu.

Students with fewer than 90 credits can apply to Evergreen and enroll in programs or courses with the option of also enrolling in the Saturday NPP classes (Strands) to earn the 90 credits required to enter the Native Pathways program. Contact NPP director, Dawn Barron, at barrond@evergreen.edu for more information.

Evergreen also partners with Grays Harbor College and Peninsula College to provide a direct transfer AA degree intended to prepare students for Native Pathways.

Students can apply and enter at any quarter.

About The Curriculum

The curriculum is based on revolving (every four years) interdisciplinary themes—including cultural studies, indigenous arts, self-determination, community and economic development, leadership, tribal administration, sustainable environments, intergovernmental relations, cultural sovereignty, and tribal law. 

Students work toward a BA degree and can choose to emphasize an area of interest. Students gain a solid foundation to enter most areas of public service and tribal government, as well as graduate school.

We believe students are best served by a well-defined, consistent program that balances relationality, personal authority, indigenous knowledge, and academics:

  • Relationality emphasizes the balance of indigenous relationships (kinship, cultural, community) with academics; by utilizing this students remain full circle.
  • Personal authority challenges students to be personally accountable for their attendance, engagement, and learning, and to declare the nature of their own work.
  • Indigenous knowledge honors the founding principles of the program and its commitment to involving our community’s keepers of cultural and traditional knowledge as teachers and valuable human resources.
  • Academics give breadth within the liberal arts through reading, writing, research, and other scholarly pursuits that complement personal authority and indigenous knowledge.