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.

Two Exciting Up-Coming Events


1.    Saturday, May 3, 2014:  AIRO Pow-Wow at University of WI-Stevens Point on May 3rd.  For more info call:  715-346-3576 or see the UWSP Events Calendar at:

2.    Saturday, April 12, 2014:  Gerald L. Ignace Indian Health Center (Milwaukee, WI) 9th Annual Red Shawl Gala Fundraiser.  Featuring local Native artist and BPC staff Monique Tyndall (Mohican/Munsee/Omaha) who designed and created the 2014 Red Shawl being auctioned at the event.  More event info is at:

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request Bowman Performance Consulting

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028

PEOPLE at Menominee Indian High School

Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) will be at the Menominee Indian High School on Sunday December 8, 2013 from 11am-2pm.


Sunday, December 8th

Menominee Indian HS Auditorium

About the Event

Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting and other business professionals will share with the students what it takes to be an entrepreneur, what characteristics lend themselves well to success in the field of business, and how to write and use a business plan in order to create change in our world. After panelists share their experiences and we explain to the students how to write a ‘simple’ form of a business plan, we will break our students up into groups and allow them time to use the PEOPLE template to create their own business plan. They will practice a pitch and present to our panelists. The panelists will then select a winning team from the middle and high school programs, which will win a prize.

The event aims to convey to students the power of entrepreneurship as an agent for change. Regardless of what future careers our students decide to pursue, the spirit of entrepreneurship and innovation can empower them to become better problem-solvers and action-takers. This is a message that we hope speaks to all of our students.


Our mission is to help students successfully make each transition from middle school to high school and from high school to college. Approximately 1,300 students currently participate in the PEOPLE Program ranging from second grade through undergraduate college level. We began in 1999 with 66 eager ninth-graders from Milwaukee public high schools who are now completing college degrees and entering the workforce. The PEOPLE Program has admitted 359 students
to the UW–Madison under our scholarship program

The success of the program may be attributed to our dedicated K-12 education partners, to our supportive parents, to a solid foundation provided by the university and private donors and, most importantly, to the persistent need for such programming in the state of Wisconsin. Together, we are making college accessible to more students of color and/or those from low-income families.

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request Bowman Performance Consulting

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028

BPC Works with Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin

Project Summary:

BPC provides technical assistance and evaluation services to the Menominee Indian Tribe of WI’s (MITW) Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG).  This 2 year $250,000 project was funded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and helps with mentoring small Native American and rural businesses in northeastern WI.  BPC will provide training services, technical assistance to MITW for developing case management/evaluation systems, and will gather project data to help with the annual evaluation report due to USDA.

Client Sector:

Tribal Government

BPC Services:

Evaluation and Technical Assistance

Project Term:

2012 – 2014

Bowman Performance ConsultingCustom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting 271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI 54166 ♦ Phone: 715-526-9240 ♦ Fax: 715-526-6028

Preparing for Marketplace Rescheduled!

Please note the dates for Preparing for Marketplace have changed! Join us September 17, 2013.

Preparing to Sell to the Government and Prime Contractors
Getting Ready for Marketplace 2013 – Keshena

Register For This Event Now
September 17, 2013 — Keshena, WI
Preparing to Sell to the Government and Prime Contractors

Time: Registration 8am – 9am, Program 9am – 3pm
Facility: College of Menominee Nation – Campus Commons
Address: N172 State Hyw 47/55
City: Keshena, WI 54135
Focus of Event: Getting Ready for Marketplace 2013
Event Contact: Joseph Smetak 414-270-3600
Contact Email:
Register Online Click Here to Register Now
Hosted by and Sponsored by:
Menominee Business Center
Menominee Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Wisconsin Procurement Institute (WPI)
U.S. Small Business Administration (US SBA)
American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (AICCW)/ First American Capital Corporation (FACC)
Tribal Procurement Institute (TPI)
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, Inc
WisDOT Inter-Tribal Task Force
Northwoods NiiJii
USDA Rural Development–RBEG

Getting Your Competitive Edge for MARKETPLACE 2013

MARKETPLACE 2013 is being held on October 15 and 16 at the Potawatomi Conference Center in Milwaukee. At this event, you will have the opportunity to present your business to buyers and buyer’s representatives from Federal, State and Local Governments as well as Corporations both large and small. The market is competitive. Understanding your customer, understanding what your customer is looking for and understanding how to present your value and capabilities are critical to success.

– Federal and Non-federal certifications
– Teaming and partnering
– Selling and Marketing to the government
– Finding Government Contracting Opportunities
– Preparing to attend Marketplace 2013
– Targeting Your Search for Local, State, Tribal and Federal Contracting Opportunities
– Contract Financing

To view the AGENDA, please click here.

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Educational Opportunity for Aspiring Entrepreneurs: June 14 & 15


FREE 2-Day Indianpreneurship Business Training in Keshena June 13th & 14th, 2013 from 9am to 4pm. At the Menominee Casino Convention Center, Ada Deer Blackhawk Room. Hosted by ONABEN.

Register by calling Renee Mahkimetas at the Menominee Business Center (715) 799-5720

Menominee Business Center Awarded Grant for Rural and Tribal Business Mentoring Program

Menominee Business Center awarded grant for rural and Tribal business mentoring program

Menominee Business Center awarded grant for rural and Tribal business mentoring program.

Area business leaders to mentor under-performing businesses.

Keshena, WI – The Menominee Business Center (MBC) has been awarded a Rural Business Enterprise Grant (RBEG) to provide a mentoring program to assist existing rural and Tribal businesses that are under-performing. Local business owner Nicole Bowman, Bowman Performance Consulting, will be providing evaluation support to the RBEG program leaders and mentoring participants.

Bowman says, “As an established business, I’m excited to work with newer businesses. I give practical advice from my own successes and lessons learned. The real world setting will assist mentees to leverage the resources they have, despite limited capacity. Additionally, I’m looking forward to developing innovative performance metrics that will help the Menominee Nation with implementation and longer-term impact for the program.”

About the Mentor Program

The program will assist in the improvement of the Menominee Nation economy by creating and retaining jobs; provide low cost space for office, business, and light industrial users; support local business development programs; and stimulate private sector initiative on the Menominee Reservation.

During the mentorship, participants will take a readiness/capacity assessment. Then they’ll receive tailored training and technical support to develop their individual and/or organizational business capacity, infrastructure, knowledge, skills, and resources. At the conclusion, summative data will be gathered to measure project impacts and longitudinal changes from the initial baseline.

About Bowman

Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) is a professional consulting and scientific research & evaluation company.  BPC provides services to a national clientele from the public, private, non-profit and tribal sectors.  BPC gathers measurable and meaningful data from clients and their stakeholders/customers so that individuals, programs, and organizations can use the data, improve performance, and build capacity in order to function more efficiently and effectively for the short and long-term.

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028