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CMN Board of Directors and President’s Office Issue a Statement of Support and Response to the Black Lives Matter Movement

 

At the College of Menominee Nation (CMN), our vision and mission are built upon an American Indian value system. It is a system that includes ethical behavior and the recognition of diversity underpinned by Native American cultural understanding and perspective. We also recognize the broader world around us and the diversity of the communities we are part of and serve. As such, our focus is to prepare our students to be professionals who think critically, serve ethically, and respect the diversity and dignity of their fellow humans.

 

The recent national protests and the Black Lives Matter movement are current responses in a long struggle to address systemic racial injustices and disparities. The murder of George Floyd is one example of many regarding systematic racism that expose the gap between the articulated values in the United States Constitution and what has been implemented over time through actions taken against Indigenous peoples, Black peoples, and other minority groups. Sadly, these gaps become visible in the mainstream only in times of heightened tension at the national level.

 

We stand in solidarity and express our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. From our vantage point as a Tribal college, we have an inherent understanding of the systemic nature of the issues being highlighted by the movement. We affirm that our work as a Tribal college needs to be and is one response to these systemic issues. We embrace this opportunity to respond in recognition of our ancestors and the past leaders who have prepared us. We take this as an opportunity for advocacy, action, and healing.

 

As a Tribal college, CMN exists to educate American Indian students in culturally appropriate ways for the advancement of Tribal nations and communities across the country. Through this endeavor we also welcome and educate students from other backgrounds who become important allies and partners in addressing social, ecological, and economic issues across all communities.

 

In the coming year, the CMN will begin a dialogue within its campus community (faculty, staff, and students) so that we may better educate ourselves and others about historical and contemporary racial injustices and disparities and, their impacts. More importantly, we will collectively address the challenges we see institutionally and individually. To advance this work The President’s office will create a committee of faculty, staff, and students to develop our approach and to provide guidance for actions as we move forward. By understanding our past we can address the present and prepare for the future.

 

Netāēnawemākanak ("all our relations")

 

 

Vision

An American Indian center for lifelong learning, integrating exemplary academic preparation and research to enhance nation-building.

 

Mission

As a Land Grant institution of higher education chartered by the Menominee People, the College of Menominee Nation infuses learning with American Indian culture and prepares students for leadership, careers, and advanced studies in a multicultural world. The College commits to research and promotion, perpetuation, and nurturance of American Indian language and scholarship.

 

Values

  • American Indian Culture
    - Applying knowledge to create a caring community aligned with American Indian traditions.

  • Sustainability
    - Fostering the dynamic relationships among the six dimensions of the Menominee Theoretical Model of Sustainability.

  • Ethical Behavior
    - Promoting a spirit of mutual trust, respect, and cooperation.

  • Diversity
    - Recognizing the value of all people and supporting their growth to the fullest potential.

  • Community Engagement
    - Empowering people through lifelong learning to serve community needs.
    - Providing outreach workshops and community service improving the quality of life.

  • Culture of Service
    - Modeling and promoting commitment to the community by students, staff, and faculty.
    - Preparing stakeholders to use new-found skills by inspiring them to give back to the community.