Menominee Tribe Fights Food Desert with Gardens
By Clare Kaley, WBAY
The College of the Menominee Nation is working to increase food sustainability with a program offering free, fresh produce. The program is aimed at providing some relief to tribe members who can’t afford produce from the single grocery store on the reservation. In order to help, the college is running three community gardens on tribe land to grow the produce. The gardens are also designed to be as sustainable as possible. Learn more
Traditional Menominee Quillwork Workshops
This workshop series of nine classes will be held Wednesdays in September and October from 5-7 p.m., and will be open to 15 adults and five youth ages 12 and up. This series is free and open to the public. Classes will be held at the Cultural Learning Center on the College of Menominee Nation Keshena campus. Learn the process of quillwork from the beginning to a finished project. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 715-799-6226, ext. 3075, to sign up.
The Art of Critique Writing Part One: Why We Need Critics
By Ryan Winn for the "Tribal College Journal"
Artists need our help. Their work is inherently collaborative, because it requires an audience to consume it and search for its meaning. Some art is compelling, but often a work resonates loudest once critique writers like us interpret the virtues of its artistic expression. The words we write can encourage others to engage, and through our craft we help amplify an artwork’s strengths and illuminate its merit. Therefore writing art criticism is an invaluable service we writers must perform for art, artists, and art aficionados alike. Read more
What a Harvest! Quarter-Acre Garden Does Its Stuff
One of several garden plots adjacent to CMN's Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) building is getting an "A+" grade in the green bean category this summer. Rebecca Edler, left, and CMN student Citralina Haruo pose with some of the bounty from a quarter-acre production garden plot on the Keshena campus. Next up on the garden's agenda: corn, squash, cabbage and more. Click here for more information on CMN's Sustainable Development Institute activities.
College of Menominee Nation Recognizes
11 Participants in New Leadership Academy
A July 23 banquet at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) recognized the completion by the first 11 individuals to complete CMN’s new Shirley Daly Leadership Academy training.
The pilot academy class was composed of Maurissa Bigjohn and Brandon Frechette of the CMN Department of Continuing Education; Dr. Lisa Bosman of the College’s Engineering faculty; Kelli Chelberg, Teacher Education faculty; Maria Escalante, Library Director; Michael Faulds, Melissa Larson and Luis Ortiz of CMN’s Green Bay/Oneida campus; Eric Jurgens of the English faculty; Tessa James, Student Services, and Geraldine Sanapaw, the College’s Registrar. Read more
NASA-Backed Program Brings Research Opportunities To Wisconsin
NASA-funded research is underway at a few Wisconsin community colleges, including the College of Menominee Nation. The work stems from the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and some participants say the findings could have a national impact.
One of the programs that schools are participating in is the Tethered Aerostat Program, meaning students use instruments like mini hot air balloons, or blimps, to collect data. College of Menominee Nation students are using the blimps to monitor the health of a sustainable forest. Read more
Begin your Journey in Engineering
Operation Launch Engineering Summer Program
UW-Madison Engineering Department will again be coming to the College of Menominee Nation Cultural Learning Center August 10-13 to present a week-long workshop for youth going into 7th, 8th, or 9th grade. Youth will learn to write computer code, innovate and problem solve like an engineer, build a solar powered weather station, and more. The sessions will be held daily from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. For details and to register, contact Dean Brian Kowalkowski at 715-799-5600 or e-mail email@example.com.
CMN Adds to Number of Native Teachers
In recent years, 133 American Indians have been among graduates of teacher education programs at the College of Menominee Nation. The total includes individuals receiving a Bachelor's or Associate degree in the College's May 30 commencement ceremonies who are members or descendants of the Menominee, Oneida, Stockbridge-Munsee, Cherokee and Lac Courtes Oreilles tribes.
CMN's early childhood and elementary education programs focus on increasing diversity among teachers in Wisconsin and also responding to under-served regions, such as rural reservations. Along with educating American Indians to be teachers, the programs enable non-Indian students to be better prepared to work effectively with Indian children and others from diverse backgrounds.
Read more on the value of Native Teachers here.
Native Giving - Your Support Can Make a Difference
You can help sustain a unique tribal college
First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) recognizes that Native American youth are the very future of their communities, and that ensuring their well-being is crucial to the prosperity of those communities. That's why First Nations established NativeGiving.org, which highlights community-based nonprofits that are dedicated to strengthening and improving the lives of Native children and families. Please make a gift today to ensure the future of Native communities. Learn more