College of Menominee Nation Wins Major Grant

The following is an announcement from Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education.

The office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has announced a $798,199 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help provide ACT preparation courses and leadership opportunities to Menominee Indian High School students. The award will be managed by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) of the College of Menominee Nation.

Project partners collaborating with SDI include the College of Menominee Nation’s teacher education program and digital media program, Menominee Indian School District; Menominee Tribal School; Mawaw Ceseniyah, a community-based Menominee culture and language organization; and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Midwest Region Fire Prevention program. The four-year grant will enhance and expand SDI’s successful youth enrichment program model known as the Sustainability Leadership Cohort. Funding will bring new multifaceted activities centered on fire, which will help introduce language and culture teachings, science, technology, engineering and math concepts, along with leadership and responsibility. The students will gain a better understanding of how Indigenous ecological knowledge and Western science can interact, and how to apply that understanding to address environmental issues both inside and outside the classroom.

The project team will be providing more ACT preparation opportunities for the Menominee Indian High School students to generate an increase in the number of students who take the ACT and apply to college. In addition to receiving ACT preparation, students will work with teams made up of in-service and pre-service teachers, language and culture practitioners, and CMN staff to develop science lessons for elementary classrooms using Indigenous knowledge as the base. This work will take place on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin, at the College of Menominee Nation’s Keshena campus, the Menominee Tribal School, and in the Menominee Indian School District.

Both high school and undergraduate interns (pre-service teachers) will be hired in early 2018. Students will receive a stipend for participation in this program and have the opportunity to present their work at relevant conferences. Funding for the project, titled “Preparing Native Youth for the Future through the Sustainability Leadership Cohort,” is through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and Office of Indian Education: Indian Education Discretionary Grants Programs: Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Program.

*Blog originally published here.

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Position Summary:
Reporting to the Board of Trustees, the President leads the campus community in creating and implementing a
vision and strategy for the future of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) that is responsive to the College’s
mission and capitalizes on the professional and intellectual strengths of CMN’s staff and faculty.  Leading by
example, the President fosters a strong sense of community and a commitment to higher learning.  He or she
establishes and enhances partnerships and relationships among tribal and external entities that align with the
College’s purpose and educational reputation, promote its sustainability, and serve its community.

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Share Kāēyas Mesek Oskēken Film With Others Now!


It’s Old and it’s New – A film produced by the Sustainability Leadership Cohort – Written by Justin Gauthier and SLC – Directed and Produced by Reynaldo Morales – Executive Producer Hedi Baxter Laufer – Production Coordinator Cherie Thunder – A POSOH Educational Media Project. University of Wisconsin-Madison / College of Menominee Nation – Sustainable Development Institute

Please share with schools and communities this film created from the POSOH project, “Place Based Opportunities for Sustainable Outcomes and High Hopes” with others and present it in many places. It is meant to change peoples minds, so your facilitation and intervention in the dissemination process is KEY.

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News From Shawano Country Chamber: Career Pathways Fair April 24th!

Job Fair


Making Contacts, Getting Contracts

Be Prepared to Sell to the Government and Prime Contractors at MARKETPLACE 2013

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August 27, 2013 8:00 – 4:00

College of Menominee Nation – Campus Commons Keshena, WI


8:00      Registration

9:00      Welcome and Overview

9:15      Who are your Government and Prime Contractor Customers?

Federal and State Certifications

Finding Opportunities to Sell and Market to the Government and Prime Contractors

10:30    Break

10:45    Unique Opportunities for Native/Tribally Owned Businesses – Teaming for Success

12:00    Lunch

1:00      Maximize your Networking and Sales Opportunities – Marketplace 2013

2:00      Roundtable Discussions:

  • Business Loans – Start-ups/Expansions
  • Contract Financing – Working Capital to Perform Government Contracts

4:00      Adjourn

Hosted and Sponsored by:

Menominee Business Center

Menominee Chamber of Commerce

Wisconsin Procurement Institute

Tribal Procurement Institute

U.S. Small Business Administration

American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin

First American Capital Corporation

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc.

WisDOT Tribal Task Force

Northwoods NiiJii Enterprise Community

NiiJii Capital Partners – NiiCaP

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