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Featured Photos Celebrate Pageant Revival


The evening of Aug. 3 found a near-capacity audience gathered in Keshena for a revival of the Traditional Menominee Theater Pageant in the Woodland Bowl.


The Bowl, a forest-setting outdoor theater, was constructed in 1937 to host popular community theatrical productions known as the Menominee Pageants. This month's program revived the pageant tradition which had ended during the 1960s. Read more

Join Us for Open Houses


Campus Commons Open House

The Campus Commons will hold an Open House on Wednesday, Aug. 31, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See what the Commons has to offer and meet the tutors. Light refreshments will be served. Free gift bag for the first 8 people every hour. Special presentations at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. will be given by Dr. Theresa Duello on “How to Succeed in College.”


Job Center Open House

Menominee Job Center will hold an Open House on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 12-6 p.m. The event is open students, CMN staff, and community members. Receive a gift when you register at Job Center of Wisconsin and complete a Menominee Job Center survey. Find out more about upcoming events, programs and opportunities, and Commercial Drivers License (CDL). Receive assistance with resume writing, tnterviewing tips and techniques, and career planning and exploration.

Students - Apply Now for AICF Scholarships
Deadline is September 2, 2016


The American Indian College Fund was established in 1989 to provide scholarships to American Indian/Alaska Native students attending tribal colleges, and to fund and create awareness about the community-based accredited tribal colleges and universities that offer students access to knowledge and skills alongside Native culture, language, and values. Learn more

Kehtekaewak Farmers Market Every Thursday at CMN


Farmers 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.

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

The Truth About Poetry
By Ryan Winn for the "Tribal College Journal"


Ryan Winn column

I believe in the power of poetry. When it’s well written it’s clever, potent, and animated. It leaps off the page and begs to be quoted. Poetry offers us a chance to vent frustrations, radiate joy, capture a moment, and provide a voice for the creative spirit we each need to nurture. The truth about poetry is that it helps us make sense of the things that bond us all. Today, the absence of confining genre rules means we’re living in a time of poetic freedom that’s unlike any other period in history. Read 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

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

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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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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