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Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWOK)


In the fall of 2005, the Ford Foundation awarded the Lewis & Clark Graduate School funding for a planning grant to support the development of The Indigenous Ways of Knowing Project (IWOK). This project, an innovative Native American studies program, is housed in the Graduate School’s Center for Community Engagement and has its foundation in the commitment to strong schools and communities shared by tribal leaders of the Pacific Northwest and the faculty and administration at Lewis & Clark College.

IWOK created curriculum for Lewis & Clark graduate students, Native American and non-Indian, that will prepare them to live and be of service in a world where multiple voices, multiple cultures and multiple ways of knowing are central to successful, life-long professional growth and service. The IWOK Program also created systems of support for incoming Native American students and faculty.

As we look to the twenty-first century, honoring and learning from the tradition, wisdom, and resilience of Native American cultures, people, and communities is essential to our nation’s positive leadership. In an increasingly multicultural and complex world, The Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program will prepare Native and non-Native teachers, counselors and related community leaders for positive and informed leadership roles.


imageFrom California to British Columbia, the Western Washington Coast to Montana, the Camas flower has been celebrated and harvested by the many Tribes of this area. Camas bulbs also contributed to the survival of members of the expedition of Lewis & Clark. It is in recognition of our inextricably linked past with the Tribes of the Northwest and our combined vision for the future through the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program that we proudly display the camas as our logo.

Our logo was officially unveiled for the first time at the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians Annual Conference, September, 2007.

Camas Flower, designed by Shaun Peterson (Puyallup/Tulalip) for the Indigenous Ways of Knowing Program, 2007

Indigenous Ways of Knowing (IWOK)

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