From the Bellingham Herald:

LUMMI RESERVATION – Northwest Indian College has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to help preserve and revitalize the Coast Salish languages and cultures.

The money is specifically earmarked for the Coast Salish Institute, which was founded in 2004 to help incorporate tribal traditions and values into modern tribal society and to help collect historic resources and artifacts.

The grant offer requires the college to match double the amount of money; the college is “committed” to raising the $1 million, according to a news release.

The money will help the college build a new facility for the Coast Salish Institute; construction is expected to start in 2012. The college is currently part-way through a $43.9 million campaign to expand the college into a four-year university for native students. So far, about $35 million has been pledged and six buildings have been completed.