Vice President’s Message

Hello and Hys’que to all my relations that are currently enrolled, thinking about college, or wanting to come forward to higher education that Northwest Indian College offers. I say “come forward” as opposed to “come back” because many American Indian students have had to leave college for various reasons not always of their own choice or doing. I have always believed that higher education is about making informed choices. These choices are things you learn about yourself, your culture, and the environment you live in. Your choice to seek a higher education will lead you onto a path of critical thinking, professional development and a healthy lifestyle to thrive and grow within. Let NWIC help you on your journey to success and graduation.

I have worked at NWIC for three decades and have never witnessed a year like 2020-2021 with 100% online classes and staff working remotely. It has truly been a test of our American Indian survival skills as we all continue to adapt to meet the needs of our Tribal communities and students in higher education.

Dave Oreiro, Vice President of Campus Development and Administration

Supilano (Southwind)

Lummi Nation