2023-2025 Catalog

The Coast Salish Institute

The Coast Salish Institute is a model for Tribal teaching, research, and development. The center oversees programs that introduce students to the newly approved Northwest Indian College foundational courses in Tribal language, culture and history. The staff serves as the faculty advisors for students who choose the Native Studies Leadership four-year degree as their program of study.

Native Studies Leadership Vision:

The Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies Leadership is the journey to self-determination, reclaiming our Cultural Sovereignty. Traditional knowledge is our canoe. It moves us away from the western genre that has shaped and determined a false sense of “who we are” and towards our original identity - an identity that is formed by sacred histories, language, origin stories, and the heroes who continue to defend our families and our homelands.