The Native Pathways Program is for students who are connected 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 ways of knowing, working with indigenous research methodologies, and expanding indigeneity through academia. This is an academically rigorous 12-credit program that provides opportunities to learn through western and indigenous pedagogy, while maintaining and promoting an indigenous worldview.

Locations and Schedule

  • Olympia (Evergreen campus) — Tuesday/Thursday 6pm – 9:30pm
  • Salish Sea Hybrid — Canvas on-line classroom w/ designated meet times
  • Tacoma (Evergreen Tacoma campus on Hilltop) — Monday/Wednesday 6pm – 9:30pm
  • Quinault (TANF in Hoquiam Taholah) — Monday/Thursday 5pm – 8:30pm
  • Peninsula (PCC Longhouse, Port Angeles) — Tuesday/Thursday 5:30pm – 9pm

All NPP sites meet 3 weekends at the Evergreen Longhouse on the Olympia campus per quarter. Longhouse Gatherings begin at 10am on Saturdays and end at 4pm on Sundays. Campus housing is available for the Longhouse Gatherings for registered students. 

Eligibility

Interested students should contact Dawn Barron, Director at barrond@evergreen.edu or Toby Sawyer, Asst. Director at sawyert@evergreen.edu for more information or to register for the NPP upper-division program. 

For students with under 90 credits, please contact Dawn or Toby to find out about our NPP affiliated courses that are open to all level students. 

Curriculum

The core 12-credit NPP curriculum is designed to provide students expanded knowledge and skills in research, rhetoric, writing, critical thinking, service-learning, and community leadership through an indigenous lens. 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.

Credit Equivalencies include, but are not limited to: 

  • Native & Indigenous Studies
  • History
  • Literature
  • Communication
  • Political Science
  • Art
  • Sociology 
  • Writing
  • Research
  • Environmental Sustainability

Students can also choose area of emphasis that match their academic & career goals. Students can earn a BA degree that prepares them to enter fields such as social services, public service, tribal governance, or continue on to graduate school.