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2014-15 Annual Report
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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."

New Trustees Join Board;
Nuske Elected Chairwoman


The College of Menominee Nation’s Board of Trustees reached its seven-member quota at its June meeting and elected officers for the coming year. Virginia Nuske of Shawano holds the post of chairwoman. Karen Bowman Dillenburg, Clintonville, is vice chairwoman.


Filling vacated trustee positions are Gary Frechette, Shawano; Cedar Kakkak, Keshena, and Jesse Waukau, West Allis. They replace Georgiana Ignace, Milwaukee, who completed 14 years of service in May; Elaine Peters, Keshena, who completed 11 years of service in November 2015, and the late Michael Chapman. Chapman was Board Chairman at the time of his death in February.


Continuing members on the Board are Lori Corn, Keshena, and Sarah Harkey, Shawano.

Why Wait Wednesdays at CMN
Two campuses open to all -
Academic degrees and technical diplomas


Why Wait Wednesdays

Take advantage of extended Wednesday office hours this summer from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesdays June 22, June 29, July 13, July 20, and July 27.

Stop at the College of Menominee Nation Keshena campus or Green Bay/Oneida campus to:

  • Complete your CMN application for 2016-2017
  • Start the FAFSA (financial aid) process
  • Finish admission testing
  • Plan your schedule with an adviser
  • Be registered for Fall classes

Register by CMN’s July 27 Semester Kick-Off Event and your name will be included in a special scholarship drawing. Contact for more information.

Writing and Drawing Workshops to be Held at the College of Menominee Nation Green Bay/Oneida Campus


CMN writing specialist and artist Sandra Shackelford will be holding two multi-week workshops at the Green Bay/Oneida campus this summer. "The 'Natural' Way to Draw", a 5-week drawing workshop, will be held Wednesdays June 29-July 27 from 6-8 p.m. in Room 221. The cost is $25. Sandra will guide you in the use of drawing tools and materials, assisting you in learning how to draw what you see.


A 3-session Creative Writing Workshop will be held Wednesdays August 3-17, 1-3 p.m. The cost is $10. Subject matter in this workshop will focus on writing true stories of the people , events, and the rootedness to the earthland, life, water, and the sky. Various exercises will highlight the creative nonfiction writing process itself, using reflection and description to make our stories live. For further information or to register for either workshop, call 920-965-0070.

Kehtekaewak Farmers Market Every Thursday at CMN


Famers Market every Thursday

Stop by the Kehtekaewak Farmers Market this summer on Thursdays from noon to 6 p.m. The market will continue through September 29, and is held on the College of Menominee Nation's Keshena campus.


Vendors from Menominee and the surrounding area will be present to sell fresh produce, meats, hot food, and crafts. Don’t have any cash on you? No problem. Use your credit, debit, or EBT/SNAP card at the farmers market.

Harriet Tubman, Pocahontas, and George Washington in a Cowboy Hat
By Ryan Winn for the "Tribal College Journal"


Ryan Winn column

Harriet Tubman is about to change history again. After years of speculation, the famed conductor on the Underground Railroad was chosen to have her likeness grace the $20 bill. She’ll be the first woman on U.S. paper currency in over a century, and the first African American ever to be honored this way. Yet having her portrait printed on our money won’t guarantee that Americans will finally learn the truth of Tubman’s courageous evolution from being an escaped slave to a daring abolitionist to an early champion of women’s rights. Read more

U.S. Senator Baldwin Speaker
For May 28 CMN Commencement


Tammy Baldwin

Graduation ceremonies were held Saturday, May 28, at the College of Menominee Nation for students completing studies in the 2015-2016 academic year. The program included graduates who have attended CMN campuses in Keshena and Green Bay. The current class includes Bachelor’s and Associate degree majors and students completing technical diploma programs.


Chosen as guest speaker for the event was U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin, a champion of education issues and a frequent visitor to the College’s Keshena campus.
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12 Tribes and Native American Organizations Receive "Seeds of Native Health" Grants Totaling More Than $390,000 from First Nations Development Institute


First Nations

First Nations Development Institute has announced the awarding of 12 grants totaling $390,656 under the Seeds of Native Health campaign. Seeds of Native Health – created and funded by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) – is a major philanthropic effort to improve the nutrition of Native Americans across the country. It encompasses efforts to improve awareness of Native nutrition problems, promote wider application of proven best practices, and encourage additional work related to food access, education and research. Read more

Sow, Learn, Grow
Become a volunteer at the College of Menominee Nation Collaborative Garden


Collaborative Garden

Grow fresh food for the Menominee community, learn all about vegetable gardening, and enjoy a fun, outdoor activity. Don’t worry if you don’t know the first thing about gardening - we’ll teach you everything you need to know. Gardening is a fun, outdoor activity and a great chance to spend time with friends or family. Volunteer hours are 3 days a week for 3-4 hours, so stop in when it’s convenient. And the best part about volunteering? There’s usually extra produce to take home. Learn more

Menominee Food Sovereignty


Food Sovereignty

The College of Menominee Nation is taking steps towards strengthening Food Sovereignty on the Menominee Reservation. Learn more about current projects and what Food Sovereignty is and its role in American Indian communities.


Menominee Food Sovereignty programming is made possible through collaborative partnerships with the Department of Continuing Education, Sustainable Development Institute, and Menominee County UW-Extension. Learn more

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, 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


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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Gerald Warrington graduated from the College of Menominee Nation in 2007 with his Associate Degree in Business Administration. Read more



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