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1 Cooperative Extension, Community Education, and Tribal Training

2 Programs Traditional Plants and Foods Financial Literacy Cultural Arts Youth Development Continuing Education Tribal Museum Studies Vocational Training Tribal Business Education Learning Skills Enhancement WorkFirst Chemical Dependency Studies

3 Cooperative Extension - 1 FT Director -USDA Endowment/ USDA-NIFA Training/ Workforce Development -1 FT Staff -USDA Extension Funds Conference/ Continuing Education - 1 FT Staff -USDA Extension Funds Financial Literacy - 2 FT Staff - UDA – NIFA, Foundation, Grants, CDFI Contract Traditional Plants & Foods - 5 PT staff -USDA – NIFA, Foundation & Tribal Grants Sites: Lummi, Muckleshoot Health & Wellness Ctr., NW Indian Treatment Center; Port Gamble S ’ Klallam, regional Plants Gatherings (every 2 mos.) Chemical Dependency Certificate Program 21 credits offered/yr Weavers Teaching Weavers & Art Market Partners: NNABA, Whatcom Museum NA Women & Girls, Men & Boys 1 FT Programs Coordinator USDA Endowment WorkFirst, Youth Build, Zenith Maritime, Lummi Water and Sewer, Youth Build * pending/in process Partners: Lummi CDFI, Ventures, LETC, TANF, Lummi Housing, Swinomish Housing, Muckleshoot Health & Wellness Ctr.; 1000 Facebook Friends! Casino Exec. Certificate (phasing out) Nisqually Aquatic Tech Certificate * Partners: NW Indian Treatment Center, Lummi Youth Build, McKenzie ROC, WSU PNW Basketry Classes WTW CREDIT/CEUs: Consumer Math (1) * 100 Ton Master Cert. #80 Credits per qtr. Tribal Museum Studies Certificate Program credits offered/yr Burke Museum, Wing Luke Museum, Tulalip Cultural Dept. (Hank and Inez Bill) Holiday Art Market Plants Classes Cooking Classes Annual Harvest Celebration and Fall Food Fair USDA/NIFA Native Foods Nutrition CBPR Project (NWIC/WSU) Youth Build GED credits (36 students) Lummi Water & Sewer professional development classes Financial Literacy trainings, Train the trainers & related workshops NWIC Cooperative Extension 2010 Organizational Chart and Credit Offerings

4 Traditional Plants and Foods Diabetes Prevention Through Traditional Plants Lummi Traditional Foods Project Traditional Foods of Puget Sound Honor the Gift of Food Native Foods Nutrition Project

5 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 medicines. 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.

6 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 (Schelangen). 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 nationally.

7 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 tribes. 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.

8 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.

9 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 home. Train-the-trainer activities and ongoing support will help prepare even more people to become community educators.

10 Recent Activities: It was a good season in the traditional foods garden. Patients harvested vegetables and cooked several meals in classes. 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. Native Foods Nutrition Project – Elise Krohn & Elizabeth Campbell

11 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 participants –Different recipes in each class that incorporate healthy, quick, low-cost meals for families

12 Holiday Budgeting –2-hour workshops offered in both the morning and afternoon –On average, 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

13 Partnerships –Swinomish Housing Authority –United Indians of All Tribes –Lummi Ventures –Lummi CDFI –Lummi Youth Build Future Partnerships –Lummi Housing Authority –Muckleshoot Health & Wellness –Lummi Nation Schools –Individual Development Accounts (IDAs) SWINOMISH INDIAN TRIBAL COMMUNITY Financial Literacy – Sunny Guillory and Cristie James

14 Cultural Arts – Ruth Solomon & Lora Boome Native Art Market and Demonstration Day at Whatcom Museum of History and Art, April 17, Holiday Art Market, at NWIC Log Building, Dec. 5-6, th Annual Weavers Teaching Weavers Gathering, Wexliem Community Building at Lummi, April 14-16, 2010

15 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. 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

16 2009 events where we registered participants for Continuing Education Units (CEUs): WSIEA Quinault, April 2 Economic Prosperity Squaxin Island, April 27 Service Learning NWIC, May 6 Economic Silver Reef Casino, May 22 Natural Hazard Awareness NWIC, June 10 Native Plant Stillaguamish, June 24 Tribal Healing Wellness Chehalis, Sept 9 Cultural Resource Planning Suquamish, Sept 28 NNABA Chehalis, Oct 2 Domestic Wexliem, Oct 21 TERO Fife, Nov 10 Continuing Education – Ruth Solomon & Lora Boome

17 Consists of 37 youth ages Provides opportunities for them to gain knowledge on: leadership development occupational training work experience physical fitness traditional knowledge Youth Build - Lora Boome 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 Elders. “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).

18 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.

19 Tribal Museum Studies TRIBAL MUSEUM COLLECTIONS MANAGEMENT –This course was taught by Megon Noble at the Burke Museum during Spring Quarter, 2009 to 13 students from several different tribes. –TMSD 2605 credits TRIBAL MUSEUM ADMINISTRATION –This course was taught by Marilyn Jones at the Suquamish Museum during Fall Quarter to six students. –TMSD 2625 credits TRIBAL MUSEUM EXHIBITIONS & EDUCATION –This course will be offered Spring Quarter 2010 at the Wing Luke Museum in Seattle, WA. –TMSD 2645 credits

20 Vocational Training – Nadeen Jimmy 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 Responding to requests from tribes for a broad range of training

21 What are clients asking for in business education? Degrees rather than certificates Gaming Management Education Hospitality Management Training Tribal Enterprise Management Certifications in Supervision Management Training Marketing Entrepreneurship Accounting classes (Excel) Tribal Business Education – Frank Cornett

22 WorkFirst – Wendy Davis We received the highest ranking of all Washington colleges that met the performance requirements for the first quarter in 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

23 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 re- certification 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

24 Chemical Dependency Studies Class Schedule Fall Quarter 2009 HUMS 120: Survey of Chemical Dependency September & Jami Tisdale HUMS 130: Pharmacology of the Substances of Abuse October 9-11 & Mike Tisdale HUMS 223: Chemical Dependency Assessment and Treatment November 6-8 & Jami Tisdale Winter Quarter 2010 HUMS 210: Group Facilitation December 4-6 & Mike Tisdale HUMS 160: Chemical Dependency Case Management February & Jami Tisdale Spring Quarter 2010 HUMS 170: Chemical Dependency Individual Counseling March & April Mike Tisdale HUMS 275: Relapse Prevention April & April 30-May 1 - Jami Tisdale Hums 230: Chemical Dependency & the Family May & Mike Tisdale

25 $$ Earned Income Potential $$ 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

26 Funders 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

27 Mission of NWIC Office of Cooperative Extension To promote self-sufficiency and wellness for indigenous people through culturally grounded, multi-generational, and holistic programs

28 Contact Us Department Staff Susan Given-Seymour, Director of Community Education and Outreach (360) , Sunny Guillory, Financial Literacy Program Coordinator (360) , Cristie James, Financial Literacy Trainer Ruth Solomon, Continuing Ed. Program Coordinator (360) , Elise Krohn, Native Plant Educator (360) , Vanessa Cooper, Traditional Plant Program Coordinator (360) , Tami Chock, Program Support


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