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2013-14 Annual Report
2013-14 Annual Report





Summer Library Hours

Mon-Thurs - 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Fri - 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Sat., Sun., Holidays


Thursday, September 24
Community Read: Author Visit. Pulitzer Prize winning Author, N. Scott Momaday, will be presenting on his book "House Made of Dawn." Menominee Casino Resort, Five Clans Ballroom - Doors open at 5 p.m., presentation at 6 p.m. Q&A and book signing to follow. Books will be available for sale.



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Menominee Tribe Fights Food Desert with Gardens
By Clare Kaley, WBAY


SDI gardens

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 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"


Ryan Winn

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


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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


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

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, 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 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

Geraldine Sanapaw graduated from the College of Menominee Nation with an Associate Degree in 2001, her Bachelor's Degree from Silver Lake College and Master's Degree MBA in 2013 from Lakeland College. Read more

Featured Alumni

Jen Peters graduated from CMN with an Associate of Arts and Science degree (A.A.S.) in 2004. She continued her education through Silver Lake College and graduated in 2008 with a Bachelor of Science degree (B.S.) in Business Management. Read more



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