The Native Programs planning unit at The Evergreen State College has a commitment to:
- Provide a quality higher education for Native American and other Indigenous students,
- Educate non-Native students on interacting in productive ways with Native communities,
- Partner in a respectful manner with Indigenous communities, and
- Honor the government-to-government relationship that our State institution has made with Washington tribal nations.
The Native Programs planning unit faculty encompass a wide range of liberal arts disciplines, including cultural studies, politics, social sciences, art, and environmental studies. The faculty are drawn from Native American and World Indigenous Peoples Studies (NAWIPS) which includes Olympia daytime academic programs and courses, the Master of Public Administration - Tribal Governance program, Graduate Program on the Environment (offering the Master of Environmental Studies Degree), the Longhouse Education and Cultural Center, First Peoples Advising Services, and the Reservation-Based, Community Determined Program.
Since the early 1970s, Evergreen has developed a unique combination of Native programs, both academic and public service, enhanced through collaboration with local tribes. In keeping with Washington State’s Centennial Accord, Evergreen works on a government-to-government basis with tribes to jointly develop programs that respond to the needs of tribal people in the Northwest.
Because of Evergreen’s unique relationship to the tribes, the Native Programs planning unit faculty have approaches to learning and research that enrich Evergreen and draw diverse students, staff and faculty. We welcome allies in staff and faculty who have Native Studies as a priority, to be part of our social community and planning discussions. We see this integration of Native Programs as supporting ongoing College-wide conversations about curriculum development, student engagement, and other cross-campus initiatives.
For more information, please visit Evergreen’s Native Programs website.