Northwest Indian College builds Lummi workforce, values tradition


For thousands of years, along the shorelines of the Salish Sea, the Lummi people have dug deep into the earth to harvest clams, oysters and mussels. We have set our reef nets between our canoes to catch salmon from the Salish Sea. For many of us, our most important education has been alongside our elders at the beach or on the water, learning firsthand by doing, and doing again, to understand the ways of our people and the history of our tribe.

But even as we hold fast to traditions, we’ve also embraced changing times, new technology and the advanced training that’s needed to support a productive shellfish harvest. What we’ve learned through the years is that a skilled workforce – and a bountiful harvest – are possible if we make the right investments in training and education...

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Ballew II, Tim. "Northwest Indian College builds Lummi workforce, values tradition." The Bellingham Herald. March 4, 2015. Article. (, accessed March 23, 2015)