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2013-14 Annual Report
2013-14 Annual Report





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October 12 Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day


Indigenous Peoples' Day is usually held on the second Monday of October, coinciding with federal observance of Columbus Day. The purpose of the day is to promote Native American culture and honor the history of Native American peoples. The significance of celebrating this day is to further educate people about the misrepresentation of Christopher Columbus and the impact he had on Native Americans and Indigenous people globally.


Indigenous Peoples' Day is a holiday celebrated in various locations throughout the United States. It begun as a counter-celebration to Columbus Day and was first proposed in 1977 by a delegation of Native nations to the United Nations-sponsored International Conference on Discrimination Against Indigenous Populations in the Americas, held in Geneva, Switzerland, where the resolution was passed. Learn more

Assessing the State of Food Security and Food Sovereignty in the Menominee Community


This work is a collaboration between the College of Menominee Nation Sustainable Development Institute and Sarah Tuori, Department of Education VISTA volunteer. It is made possible through funding from the American Indian Higher Education Consortium. This survey was conducted in order to assess the state of food security and food sovereignty on the Menominee Indian Reservation. Read the report

5K Walk on Oct. 17 Is in Observance of
Disability Employment Awareness Month


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A free, public event is planned for Saturday, Oct. 17, to provide area residents with information on the contributions and skills of workers with disabilities and resources available for those with disabilities. The centerpiece of the day is a 5-K Disabilities Awareness Walk starting and ending on the College of Menominee Nation campus, N172 State Highway 47/55 in Keshena. Learn more

Sign Up Now for N.E.W. Collegiate Intertribal 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament


The N.E.W. Collegiate Intertribal 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held on Saturday, Nov. 14, from 1-5 p.m. at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay Kress EventS Center. Basketball tournament participants must be 18 years or older, an enrolled member or descendant of a recognized tribe, currently enrolled student of a participating college. College ID and signed waiver are required to register for tournament. Free throw and three point contest open to ALL students of participating schools. Contact Louie Ortiz if you are interested at or 920-965-0070, ext. 4022. Learn more

A Learning Community for Relatives
By Ryan Winn for the "Tribal College Journal"


Ryan Winn

My students call me “Uncle.” It’s a title and responsibility I bestow upon myself the first week of every oral communication course. I’m typically an hour or so into class when I replace the authoritative semantics of “this course will instill its learner with a sense of…” with the familial “what your uncle plans to do here is…” I then pause and say, “I feel that by now we’ve created a bond, and so going forward you may all refer to me as Uncle Ryan.” This transition always gets a laugh from my class, but my hope is that it will continue to serve as an icebreaker for the relationship I’m proposing. I want my students to feel free to respectfully approach me with any question they have. I want them to know that despite public speaking being the top fear in the country, they can trust me to help them overcome the barriers impeding their success. Read more

Community Cooking Classes
Homemade, traditional, and wild game cooking


Join us for a series of free cooking classes on wild and traditional food preparation, food safety, and healthy cooking. All ages are welcome to attend. Participants take home prepared food at end of each class. Transportation to and from site provided for those who indicate on sign-up sheet, or contact Lisa Misch at 715-799-6226, ext. 3154 or

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


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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.

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.

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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