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Double Your Gift to Help CMN:
Join Our Matching Gift Challenge through
January 31, 2017


GREAT NEWS! The College of Menominee Nation has been selected to receive a matching grant through First Nations Development Institute.


Help us raise $500 by January 31 and your donation will be matched dollar-for-dollar. Any donations above $500 will qualify CMN for more than $3,000 in matching incentives. Donate at to help us meet our goal!


All gifts designated for CMN will be dedicated to scholarships for College of Menominee Nation students.


Apply Now for the High School Sustainability Leadership Cohort Program


The Sustainability Leadership Cohort Program is an opportunity for high school students in our area to build leadership skills, promote higher education, and foster the next generation of community leaders. The Sustainability Leadership Cohort Program (SLC) is a USDA-funded project led by the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) in collaboration with its Department of Continuing Education (DOCE) partners. Pick up an application at CMN's Sustainable Development Institute, located on the south end of campus (the old Area 47 building), or click here to download or print the application. Applications are due Friday, Feb 17.

Agricultural Research Project Workshop


The College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute and the University of Wisconsin Extension invite you to a free two day workshop February 1-2 on the basics of soil science and agronomic research design. Sessions will take place at the S. Verna Fowler Library on the Keshena campus from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. each day.


Day One activities will focus on building attendees' knowledge of traditional Menominee farming practices, soil science and statistical basics, proper agronomic field research and sampling design, and the use of traditional ecological knowledge and scientific ecological knowledge to evaluate environmental changes.


Day Two activities will focus on the specific protocols and methods used in tribal, human subjects and agronomic research. Attendees will gain hands-on experience designing a research project to evaluate the use of traditional Menominee soil amendments and cropping practices on soil health and productivity at CMN-SDI during 2017-2018, as part of a US Department of Agriculture-National Institute of Food and Agriculture Tribal Colleges Research Grant.


This free workshop is open to all CMN faculty, students and staff, tribal members, and UWEX personnel. Attendees can attend single or multiple sessions or the entire workshop. Learn more and register

Five Native Films You Should Be Streaming in 2017
By Ryan Winn for "Tribal College Journal"


Ryan Winn column

It’d be difficult to argue that the hope expressed in the 2009 film Reel Injun hasn’t begun to take seed. In the closing minutes of that watershed documentary, Native filmmakers and critics were confident that the film industry was on the cusp of a new cinematic horizon. In 2016, one would be hard-pressed to doubt their optimism. At no other time in history have so many Indigenous films graced the silver screen, but it’s the strength of the writing, producing, directing, and acting that gives us true cause to celebrate. Read more

Native Actors Provide Own Brand of Humor in Menominee College Plays
By Ken Luchterhand, Hocak Worak


When the actors in the productions of "N.A.P.S." and "Shinnob Jep" took center stage, it wasn’t about the accolades they might receive. It was more about connecting with the Native American culture and sharing a few laughs that they know best about. Two plays, "N.A.P.S." and "Shinnob Jep," were performed on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at the College of Menominee College in Keshena. A second performance was offered on Friday, Dec. 9, at the Norbert Hill Center in Oneida. Read more

Giving Thanks and Honoring Commitments: AmeriCorps VISTA’s Work with Tribal Nations
By Max Finberg for the Huffington Post


As Americans gather to give thanks, it is a most appropriate time to thank those who were here first - our country’s Native American citizens. We have all heard the stories of the first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims and the Wampanoag, who, as a sovereign nation within these United States, still reside in Massachusetts as one of 567 federally recognized tribes. We owe each one of them an apology for not honoring our treaty commitments and a debt of gratitude for their hospitality over the centuries since that first feast of thanksgiving in 1621.


AmeriCorps VISTA Member Gregory Gauthier, Jr., is now a few months into his year of service with the College of Menominee Nation’s Sustainable Development Institute, where he is focused on building resilience to climate change. Already, he has developed new communications and technological opportunities for the college to reach audiences around the world, including an international webinar series and a cross-cultural knowledge exchange. Read more

NASA Astronaut Visits Local Schools
Copyright 2016 Scripps Media, Inc.,
Published by NBC 26, Green Bay, WI


Dr. John Herrington

Fourteen years ago, Dr. John Herrington had a mission to reach 220 miles above Earth to visit the International Space Station. Now he pursues a different passion, traveling the country to inspire young people to consider careers in (STEM) Science, Technology, Science and Math.

Dr. Herrington says, "We got a lot of problems in this world, and a lot of problems need to be solved. They need to be solved by intelligent, educated science and engineers because these are problems you can't look at and go eh we'll work it out. No, you need to solve the problem." Read more

Using the Humanities as a Gateway for
STEM Engagement
By Ryan Winn, Lisa Bosman, and Kelli Chelberg



The scientific research community has a communication problem. The details of the invaluable role they play in improving the quality of human life are largely unknown to the American public. While most people realize that scientific discoveries lead to a gamut of innovations, how many can name the career fields of the researchers, let alone describe the work those researchers complete? Since many parents and teachers are unsure of the specifics of the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, it's no wonder that the STEM community has trouble enticing the next generation of would-be-researchers. When was the last time you heard a grade-schooler announce that she aspired to be a mathematician when she grows up? Read more

Tribal College’s Founder Says Farewell
Fowler helped build Menominee higher learning institute

By Lee Pulaski, Shawano Leader


Verna Fowler

On her last day of work at the College of Menominee Nation, Verna Fowler still carried the weight of providing a quality education to her students.


When the college’s founder and president starts her retirement Friday, that burden will be lifted, and she will be free to do whatever she wants.


Don’t ask her what she wants to do once she’s retired, however. For the first time in decades, Fowler will have no itinerary.


“It’s supposed to be retirement. Why should I have to do anything?” Fowler said. Read more

College Trustees Prepare Search
As President Sets Retirement Date


The College of Menominee Nation is seeking a new chief executive officer as Dr. Verna Fowler, CMN’s founding president, prepares for retirement effective June 30. Fowler, who was hired by the Menominee Tribal Legislature in Fall 1992, opened the College in Spring Semester 1993.


She has piloted the tribal college to standing as an accredited baccalaureate institution with a regional economic impact exceeding $37 million. CMN serves students from campuses in Keshena and Green Bay and as of its Spring 2016 graduation has more than 1,100 alumni.


Virginia Nuske, chairwoman of the College’s Board of Trustees, says Fowler’s intention to leave the leadership post has been known by the trustees for several months and has allowed the oversight body to begin transition planning. "The replacement of a long-time leader, and especially of a founding president, is always a challenge for an organization," Nuske says. "President Fowler has given nearly 24 years of time and talent to building an institution of higher learning that is an asset for our tribe, a major benefit for students in this region, and a model among tribal colleges."


bullet Do Your Pre-Engineering Studies at the College of Menominee Nation
bullet Community Cooking Classes
bullet CMN Students Visit Engineering Expo
bullet Shedding Light on Solar Energy
bullet Hattie Kauffman at Commencement
bullet Menominee Constitution and By-Laws
bullet CMN 20th Anniversary
bullet Restoration Day
bullet 'Ancient Gardens' Lecture 2013
bullet 'Ancient Gardens' Lecture 2014 (Update, new research)
bullet Elouise Cobell at College of Menominee Nation


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Featured Alumni

Maurissa Bigjohn graduated from the College of Menominee Nation in the spring of 2009, double majoring in Accounting and Business Administration. Read more



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