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Final 'Why Wait Wednesday' July 27
Two campuses open to all -
Academic degrees and technical diplomas


Why Wait Wednesdays

Take advantage of extended Wednesday office hours Wednesday, July 27, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

This semester kick-off event will be held at both the College of Menominee Nation Keshena campus and the Green Bay/Oneida campus. Food will be served at 10 a.m., and you can register for prizes and a special scholarship drawing.

  • 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

CMN’s Theatre Production Focuses on a Community Health Scare



The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) invites the public to an original one-act play staged in the Norbert Hill Center Auditorium in Oneida by students in the College’s Summer Theatre Production course. The performances will be held Wednesday, July 27, and Thursday, July 28. Both shows begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free.


The play, "Crisis at the Clinic," employs humor and dramatic elements as it speculates what would happen if a community health scare and protection of the public bumped up against cost-cutting priorities. Read more

CMN to Stage Traditional Pageant Aug. 3 in Menominee Woodland Bowl



In 1937 the Woodland Bowl in Keshena, Wisconsin, was constructed to host theatrical productions. The shows were called the Menominee Pageants, and they were produced by a loose but inclusive group of community members who formed a theater troop known as the “Pageant Players Guild.” The shows ran for decades, with the last performance in the 1960s. On Wednesday, Aug. 3, the College of Menominee Nation will revive one of the original pageants as part of the week celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Menominee Nation Contest Powwow. Read more

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.

Special Community Cooking Class


Community Cooking Classes

Learn how to cook traditional Peruvian meals at a free cooking class to be held at the Menominee Food Distribution site on August 4 from 5-7 p.m. The class will be led by Reynaldo Morales, digital media instructor to high school students through CMN's Sustainability Leadership Cohort. Reynaldo is originally from Peru, and excited to share his Peruvian cooking knowledge with the community. Learn more

Career Builder
A firsthand look at opportunities in government, industry, and academia

From "Winds of Change," Summer 2016


Career Builder

Engineering graduates at the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) have a guaranteed transfer to select University of Wisconsin campuses for the school's world-renowned bachelor's degree programs in engineering. CMN, located in Keshena, Wis., is open to all qualified candidates. The engineering curriculum at CMN has been coordinated with the curriculum of the University of Wisconsin, so CMN graduates can transition smoothly to their upper division courses. Read more

Creative Writing Workshop to be Held at the College of Menominee Nation Green Bay/Oneida Campus


CMN writing specialist and artist Sandra Shackelford will be holding a multi-week Creative Writing workshop at the Green Bay/Oneida campus this summer. The 3-session 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, call 920-965-0070.

Earn a Technical Diploma at CMN


The College of Menominee Nation offers Technical Diplomas in Electricity, Business Office Technician, and Welding with one-year technical diploma programs. Each program starts in the fall and is completed the following spring. Our students attend classes on a full-time basis so they can complete their respective programs in only nine months. Learn more about these programs

Louise, Larose, and a Love of Listening
By Ryan Winn for the "Tribal College Journal"


Ryan Winn column

Louise Erdrich is one of my favorite authors, but it’s been more than a decade since I’ve read one of her novels. This is not to say that I’ve overlooked her moving novel Plague of Doves, the gripping Shadow Tag, or what many consider to be her magnum opus, The Roundhouse - I just experienced them without my eyes ever glancing at their pages. The secret to my literary consumption is a smartphone loaded with audiobooks. As a member of a tribal college’s humanities faculty, enjoying well-written books is more than a hobby for me - it’s a stress-reducing activity that deepens both my personal empathy and disciplinary knowledge. 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."

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.

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



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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