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CMN’s Fall Theater Production Will Be a Radio Comedy

The College of Menominee Nation (CMN) invites the public to attend a theater production staged on separate nights at the Menominee Indian High School in Keshena and at the Norbert Hill Center in Oneida. This production will mark the thirteenth time CMN has collaborated with the Oneida Nation Arts Program to bring live theater to both the Menominee and Oneida communities. This semester CMN will present three episodes from Cherokee author Thomas King's radio comedy, “The Dead Dog Café Comedy Hour.” Set in the fictional town of Blossom, Alberta, the humorous show features three friends interviewing celebrity guests and performing segments titled "Aboriginal Decorating Tips," "Ask Tonto," and "Blackout Bingo." The production features live acting and music, sound effects, and projected imagery. Read more

CMN Institute Wins Major Grant to Develop and Provide Leadership and ACT Prep Opportunities for MIHS Youth

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. Read more

Tribe’s Ancient Agricultural Practices Are Focus of Grant to CMN’s Sustainable Development Institute

A new $219,000 grant will help concentrate attention on ancient agricultural methods of the Menominee People and perceptions about the historic life and practices of the tribe. Read more

Maec Waewaenen - We Saved Halloween
TO: Staff and Faculty of the College of Menominee Nation
FROM: Dr. Diana Morris, Interim President

Trick or Treat

I am writing to thank everyone who worked to provide a Halloween redux for the Keshena community last night, with special thanks to Brandon Frechette, the event organizer, Brian Kowalkowski, Renee O'kimosh, Cedar Kakkak, and Shannon Wilber. It was a magnificent event. And as you'll read below in the email below from Jonathan Wilber, Tribal Administrator, it was a night that was truly appreciated and that will be long remembered.

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Why Every Good Writer Must be a Great Reader
By Ryan Winn for "Tribal College Journal|Student"

Ryan Winn column

Every good writer must first be a great reader. It’s impossible to be one without the other. Ask any writers who are succeeding at their craft. They’ll be able to list a handful of authors who’ve inspired them and a few dozen more whose work they’re currently consuming. Reading is to writing what running a drill is to sports. As such, writers hone their skillsets through gleaning expertise from their peers. Reading stretches a writer’s mind. Becoming a great reader is the first step towards being a successful writer. 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

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