The Native Pathways Program is for students who are invested 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 knowledge, working with indigenous research methodologies, and expanding indigeneity through academia.

Locations and Schedule

  • Olympia, on the Evergreen campus
  • Port Angeles, at Peninsula College’s Longhouse
  • Quinault
  • Tacoma

You can attend class two nights per week at approved sites or through a hybrid program combining online and in-person instruction. All students attend class four Saturdays per quarter (typically one per month) at Evergreen’s Longhouse on the Olympia campus.


You can apply for this program if you have a strong connections to tribal and indigenous communities and have earned 90 or more college credits. You can apply and start in any quarter.

If you don't yet have 90 credits, you can apply to Evergreen and take classes in Olympia, with the option of also enrolling in the Saturday NPP classes to earn the 90 credits required to enter the Native Pathways program.

Evergreen also partners with Grays Harbor College and Peninsula College to provide a direct transfer AA degree intended to prepare students for Native Pathways.

Contact NPP director, Dawn Barron, at for more information.

The Curriculum

The curriculum is based on revolving interdisciplinary themes—including cultural studies, indigenous arts, self-determination, community and economic development, leadership, tribal administration, sustainable environments, intergovernmental relations, cultural sovereignty, and tribal law. 

Work toward a BA degree with a solid foundation to enter most areas of public service or tribal government or to apply to graduate school. You can choose to emphasize an area of interest that matches your academic and career goals.

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.