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Students of Woodland Tribal Colleges Will Gather in Green Bay March 18-20 for AIHEC Conference


Students from the College of Menominee Nation are joining peers from other tribal colleges at the Annual American Indian Higher Education Consortium Student Conference scheduled for March 18 to 20 at the Radisson Hotel in Green Bay.


All CMN students are encouraged to attend the evenings of free entertainment that will be held in the Three Clans Ballroom at the Radisson:

  • Sunday, 9 to 11 p.m. Hypnotist Greg Steele
  • Monday, 7 to midnight, Native American Idol
  • Tuesday, 6 to 11 p.m, AIHEC Pow Wow
  • Wednesday, 9 to midnight, Comedian Charlie Hill

The conference is sponsored by the Woodland group of colleges which includes 11 tribal colleges located in Minnesota, Michigan, Nebraska and Wisconsin. Students from all 36 tribal colleges in the U.S. are invited to attend and participate in ceremonial and social events, and in academic and physical competitions.


The 2013 event celebrates the 40th year of AIHEC organization and includes special activities honoring all tribal college presidents. Opening ceremonies on March 18 start with a Parade of Flags by participating colleges, traditional pipe ceremony, and presentation and discussion on AIHEC’s history. Student competitions, banquets and other events continue from noon Monday through Wednesday evening. Academic and creative talent will be featured during Knowledge Bowl, Science Bowl and Critical Inquiry contests; art, film, speech, one-act play and creative writing competitions, and a traditional plant identification challenge. Business and finance students will demonstrate their business plan development skills and future graphic artists will compete in web page development. Physical contests include a 5K run, volleyball and archery, and a traditional tribal interchange of skills called Hand Games in which teams energetically try to fool each other about where an object is by elaborate distractions and movement.


Professional hypnotist Greg Steele will perform on March 17 following the early registration and conference launch activities, Evening entertainments during the conference include a Native American Idol program on March 18, an Honoring the Presidents Pow Wow on March 19, and the top native Comedian in the U.S.A., Mr. Charlie Hill, on March 20.


For information on registration, participation, go the AIHEC 2013 Student Conference website. For the schedule of events, click here.


Leadership for CMN’s role in development of the conference is being provided by Dr. Donna Powless, L&S Dean Stephanie Erdmann, Dean of Students Gary Besaw, Professor Heidi Cartwright, and Institutional Research staff member Geraldine Sanapaw.