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Wakanyeja Sacred Little Ones &  K’é Family Engagement Initiative Presents:  “SIPI YDI Community Planting Event”

Wakanyeja Sacred Little Ones & K’é Family Engagement Initiative Presents: “SIPI YDI Community Planting Event”

Blog By: Marissa Analla & Cassie Harden The Wakanyeja Sacred Little Ones and K’é Family Engagement Initiatives presents Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute “YDI Community Planting Event” held on Tuesday April 28th, 2015 from 4:30-6:00pm. This event took place just west of the SIPI/YDI center in the YDI heritage garden. This event attracted a variety of […]

Sacred Little Ones program event brings tribal educators to Lummi

Sacred Little Ones program event brings tribal educators to Lummi

By Shelley Macy, NWIC Early Childhood Education Director On June 7, Lummi elders and community leaders, along with the Northwest Indian College Early Childhood Wakanyeja Sacred Little Ones (WSLO) program, welcomed WSLO teams from the College of the Menominee Nation (CMN-Wisconsin), Ilisagvik College (IC-Alaska), and Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI-New Mexico) to the annual WSLO […]

Sacred Books for Little Ones

Sacred Books for Little Ones

Nestled between the Lummi Bay and Bellingham Bay in Northwest Washington State, four tribal college early childhood education programs brought their knowledge together among the thicket of tradition and scenery on the Lummi Indian reservation. The Wakanyeja Early Childhood Education Initiative tribal college grantees of Northwest Indian College, College of Menominee Nation, Southwestern Indian Polytechnic […]

College Fund Research Intern Presents at National Family and Community Engagement Conference

College Fund Research Intern Presents at National Family and Community Engagement Conference

Yá’át’ééh! My name is Cassandra Harden. I am a graduated from  Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) with an associate’s degree in early childhood education who is  currently working as a Tribal College and University (TCU) research intern for the College Fund. As part of my duties I had the recent opportunity to attend and present […]

Tribal College Students Embracing ECE Initiatives at NWIC

Tribal College Students Embracing ECE Initiatives at NWIC

Things are moving fast at the Northwest Indian College and the Lummi community.  For the last three and a half years of collaboration and planning on behalf of the Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones” Early Childhood Education Initiative by the American Indian College Fund, the leadership and partnerships have created many exciting new opportunities for families […]

NWIC Brings Family Engagement to Lummi Community

NWIC Brings Family Engagement to Lummi Community

Our first Family Engagement activity was an Ey’ Snat Family Fun Night in September held in conjunction with Sacred Little Ones partner site Lummi Head Start. We wanted families to get to experience a salmon barbeque with salmon cooked in the traditional way. Lummi fisher, Dana Wilson, had the participants skewer chunks of salmon on […]

SIPI’s Native Harvest Feast Creates Sharing, Community Bonds

SIPI’s Native Harvest Feast Creates Sharing, Community Bonds

Thanksgiving is a time of sharing and community bonding. The Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) Youth Development Incorporated (YDI) families engaged with one another during our Native Harvest Feast on November 24, 2014.  SIPI YDI families and Wakanyeja “Sacred Little Ones”/Ke’ staff worked together to provide a Native inspired meal to share in honor of […]

Tribal Colleges Strengthen Family Engagement Through Early Childhood Education

Tribal Colleges Strengthen Family Engagement Through Early Childhood Education

In July 2014, The American Indian College Fund launched expanded efforts to support tribal colleges and universities in strengthening early childhood education through family engagement.  The early childhood initiative, the Ké’ Family Engagement Early Childhood Initiative: Strengthening systems of shared responsibility among Native families, schools and communities (http://www.collegefund.org/press/detail/284/10) seeks to deepen engagement with Native families […]

SIPI’s Ke’ Family Engagement Initiative Pumpkin Patch

SIPI’s Ke’ Family Engagement Initiative Pumpkin Patch

Every year for Halloween, families and communities come together to give children an experience of laughter, festivities, and pumpkin carving!  Halloween is an opportunity for our children to have fun dressing up in costumes, but more importantly celebrate the fall season! The children at the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) YDI Head Start and Early […]