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2015-16 Annual Report
2015-16 Annual Report





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Privately-Funded Scholarships for
College of Menominee Nation Students

To apply for awards offered for Fall Semester 2017, you must be a degree seeking student at CMN enrolled in 6 or more credits. Some awards require higher credit loads and/or have additional donor-designated qualifications. Deadline for applications is Friday, October 3, by 4:30 p.m. Read more about the scholarships or click here to download or print the application form.

5K Walk on Oct. 7 Is in Observance of
Disability Employment Awareness Month

A free, public event is planned for Saturday, Oct. 7, to provide area residents with information on the contributions and skills of workers with disabilities and resources available for those with disabilities. The centerpiece of the day is a 5-K Disabilities Awareness Walk starting and ending on the College of Menominee Nation campus, N172 State Highway 47/55 in Keshena. Read more

Confronting Modern and Historical Bigotry
By Ryan Winn for "Tribal College Journal"

Ryan Winn column

I’ve always believed that we should teach history in its entirety. In my Introduction to Communications course my students and I dissect why President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” is a powerful entry in the canon of American oratory. Line by line, the speech is a textbook perfect example of how to engage an audience at the crux of history and inspire them to move forward. Later in the semester, we watch the documentary Dakota 38, which captures how modern Dakotas are coping with the legacy of Lincoln’s order to execute 38 of their ancestors for “crimes” committed during the Dakota War. The film gives me the opportunity to use my classroom to discuss America’s problematic past. I’ve always grounded my pedagogy in the belief that teaching our entire history shows how far America has come. As we enter a new academic year with the news carrying clips of racist outbursts, mob scenes, and the toppling of monuments, bigotry is no longer obfuscated by the politically correct among us — it’s on full display for every eye to see. To many, it may seem that America’s progression against racism hasn’t actually progressed at all. The worst are those fanning the flames of racial tensions. Now is a time when we must all condemn their hate and celebrate our diversity. Read more

Digging Into Food Sovereignty: A Student Led Exploration

Food sovereignty

The Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC) has taken action to bring awareness of the need to reclaim our food sovereignty as a community. The students have learned from community members the uses for many plants in the forest. They have conducted interviews with foresters, traditional knowledge holders and practioners to gain a new perspective of the forest and the reciprocal relationship that must take place.

With the experience gained throughout their time in the SLC, the group produced and edited a documentary. The documentary focuses on promoting food sovereignty and community wellness in Menominee. Watch the video

The College of Menominee Nation
Originally appeared in Market Messenger's "Focus"

Rocket Club

Lecture halls and labs are only part of the scene for College of Menominee Nation students. Many of those enrolled at the College from around the region make road trips, competitions, chances to meet VIPs, and opportunities to tell their stories and display their talents.

Sharing their personal stories recently won CMN students Chelsea LaTender, Sarah Brei and Taylor Oudenhoven a place in a book titled “The PEEC Experiment: Native Hawaiian and Native American Engineering Education.” Published by South Dakota State University, the book details undergraduate programs supported by National Science Foundation grants in four states. The College of Menominee Nation, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and UW-Platteville are the only Wisconsin grantees. Read more

Outing Brings in Thousands for Scholarships

Golf Outing

The College welcomed 146 golfers to its 7th Annual Benefit Golf Outing on June 9 on the Thornberry Creek at Oneida course. Low scores, game wins and lucky raffle tickets resulted in dozens of winners among players and banquet guests. Again this year, the biggest winners were CMN students who will receive scholarships and other aid funded through event proceeds.

Net profit from the 2017 outing was $25,338 and brings the golf outing's cumulative profit to more than $141,000 since the inaugural event. Read more

Area Women Chosen by Tribes Featured in Weaving Exhibit


The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center in Ashland, WI, part of the Chequamegon Nicolet National Forest, will host ANCESTRAL WOMEN EXHIBIT - 'Woven Portraits of Elders from Wisconsin's 12 Tribes' June 7-October 1, 2017.

The Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center (NGLVC) is two miles west of Ashland, Wisconsin, on U.S. HWY 2. The NGLVC facility was established through efforts by the Friends of the Center, a grass roots, non-profit organization formed to support the goals of a new Center that combined elements of history, natural resources, and visitor information under one roof. Read more

Native American Participants Selected for the 2017 NATIVE AMERICAN WRITERS TV LAB

Justin Gauthier

Los Angeles, CA – College of Menominee Nation's alumnus Justin Gauthier, A.A., 2011, has gained national recognition. The news comes from the LA Skins Fest, a Native American arts organization, in partnership with Comcast NBCUniversal, CBS Entertainment Diversity and HBO. Justin was selected to participate in the 2017 NATIVE AMERICAN TV WRITERS LAB, a talent development program that aims to boost the careers of Native American writers. Read more

Helping Students Learn – An AQIP Action Project

The College of Menominee Nation has the honor of being the only tribal college participating in the Higher Learning Commission’s rigorous Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP). As part of AQIP requirements, CMN must have at least three quality improvement projects in place at all times.

This semester a faculty and staff team began work on an AQIP project entitled, “Improving Student Learning through a Sustainable Academic Program Review Process.” An academic program review process allows faculty, administration, staff, and the Board of Trustees, among others, to assess student learning, determine the contribution a program makes to the communities we serve, and to gauge the relevancy of a program. Read more

Chill to Jazz on CMN Internet Radio

Has midterm madness got you pulling your hair out? Just KNOW you’re gonna fail? Chill out with some jazz at CMN Campus Radio.

CMN campus internet radio is a 24/7 student run station featuring the best of many styles and genres of music, including original audio recordings from CMN students, staff, and community. We have smooth jazz from Duke Ellington and Kenny Barron, and jazzy favorites to mellow out to like Sinatra, Bing, Perry, and more! Also we’ve got the old-timey music you might have heard from old movies. so drop on in and take a load off.

Listen anytime on your computer or device or download the app by searching for CMN on iTunes.

Engineers Save the Day
A new children’s book series created by students at College of Menominee Nation presents engineers as problem-solving heroes
By Ryan Winn


Simply put, there aren’t enough Native Americans pursuing STEM degrees. As the National Science Foundation reported in its Science and Engineering Indicators 2008 Report, American Indians and Alaska Natives received a mere 0.4% of all master’s degrees in science and engineering between 1985 and 2005. Examining barriers, research has documented a widespread belief among American Indian students, even in the early years of their education, that science, math and engineering fields are difficult, uninteresting, and not relevant to their lives. Read more


bullet Menominee Pageant 2016
bullet It's Old and It's New
bullet Do Your Pre-Engineering Studies at the College of Menominee Nation
bullet Community Cooking Classes
bullet CMN Students Visit Engineering Expo
bullet Shedding Light on Solar Energy
bullet Hattie Kauffman at Commencement
bullet Menominee Constitution and By-Laws
bullet CMN 20th Anniversary
bullet Restoration Day
bullet 'Ancient Gardens' Lecture 2013
bullet 'Ancient Gardens' Lecture 2014 (Update, new research)
bullet Elouise Cobell at College of Menominee Nation



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Featured Alumni

Maurissa Bigjohn graduated from the College of Menominee Nation in the spring of 2009, double majoring in Accounting and Business Administration. Read more



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