The Program

The Evergreen State College Reservation Based Community Determined program serves students with 90 or more college credits who want to work towards a Bachelor of Arts degree. Admittance to this upper division bachelor's degree program requires that students live or work on a reservation or have social or cultural ties to a tribal community. Students attend classes two nights a week at the Muckleshoot Tribal College and four Saturdays per quarter at the Evergreen campus Longhouse. Core courses emphasize tribal management and leadership, Federal Indian policies and law, social services and environmental and cultural sustainability. Saturday class offerings are broad and have included Theater, Creative writing, Organizational Theory, Coast Salish Art and learning through Native Case Studies.

About Evergreen State College

Evergreen is a progressive, public liberal arts and sciences college located in Olympia, Washington. Since opening our doors in 1971, Evergreen has established a national reputation for leadership in developing innovative interdisciplinary, collaborative and team-taught academic programs. We are accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU).



Northwest Indian College (NWIC) - Extended Muckleshoot Site provides students with an Associate of Arts degree program that can focus on Native American Studies, Life Sciences, Chemical Dependency Studies, Early Childhood Education or a general transfer (also known as the DTA degree) that prepares students to go on to the four-year college of their choice. Students can tailor their NWIC - Muckleshoot degree program to meet the requirements of the four-year colleges they want to attend if they do not choose one of the Bachelors' degrees offered through Northwest Indian College. Currently, the Muckleshoot Site offers the Tribal Governance & Business Management (TGBM) degree with a mixture of face to face and online or video conferencing classes. There are several modalities and options for students to take classes with the extended Muckleshoot Site of NWIC. Face-to-face (on site) classes are generally held in the evenings while online, video conferencing (VCH) and independent learning classes allow the student to work on the student's preferred schedule throughout the quarter. NWIC interactive television (ITV) courses are also available.

NWIC Mission Statement

"Through education, Northwest Indian College promotes indigenous self-determination and knowledge. The educational philosophy of Northwest Indian College is based upon the belief that the opportunity of post-secondary education must be provided within the Native American community. Northwest Indian College is committed to the belief that self-awareness is the foundation necessary to achieve confidence, esteem, and a true sense of pride; to build a career; to create a self-sufficient life-style; and to promote life-long learning. It is also committed to the belief that a self-awareness program must include a study of Native American culture, values and history."


Destiny Petroske

Site Manager

Room 208 - Muckleshoot Tribal College

Phone: 360-392-4433

Email: dpetroske@nwic.edu