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CMN’s Fall Theatre Production Evokes Menominee Restoration Story


The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) invites the public to view an original one-act play celebrating Menominee history. Written and directed by CMN faculty member Ryan Winn, “Menominee Restoration Day: Reader’s Theatre That Helps Us Remember,” explains the story of how the tribe’s history of diplomacy helped it endure the darkest chapter in its history.


As happened with the revitalization of traditional Menominee Pageants, elders asked Winn to take on the project. In this instance, he was asked to create a play that would teach contemporary youth the story of Menominee Termination and Restoration. Working from printed texts, Determination of Rights and Unity of Menominee Stockholders (DRUMS) newsletters, tribal publications, and interviews and edits from a panel of DRUMS members, Winn created a script that employs narration, reenactments, and multimedia components to engage the audience in the unbelievable true story of the tribe’s perseverance.


CMN students and alumni involved in the production include the following: Brandon Boyd, Evelyn Grignon, Sabrina Hemken, Lillian Martinez, Natalie Ninham, Elizabeth Rice, Kaleigh Smith, Thomas Seidler, Shawn Stevens, Adrienne Tucker, and Curtis Wilhelmi.


Since the production was intended to inspire the next generation of Menominee leaders, most of the shows will be performed during school-day hours. There will be one evening community performance beginning at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6. The free presentation will be in the Menominee Indian High School’s Auditorium, N500 STH 47/-55 Keshena, WI 54135.


The production was made possible through the support of CMN, The Wisconsin Arts Board’s Woodland Indian Arts Initiative, and the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples, Inc.