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2015-16 Annual Report
2015-16 Annual Report





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Traditional Menominee Pageant, “The Legend of Spirit Rock," to be Staged



The College of the Menominee Nation’s theater department invites the public to witness a traditional Menominee Pageant in the Woodland Bowl at sunset on Wednesday, August 2. The project is led by CMN faculty member Ryan Winn, who continues to honor a promise to Menominee elders by both staging a traditional Menominee Pageant before the annual Menominee contest powwow and creating an archive for Pageant artifacts in the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library throughout the past academic year. Read more

CMN Performing Traditional Pageant
History, theater project in its 2nd year

From the Shawano Leader


The College of Menominee Nation Theater Department will produce a traditional Menominee pageant for a second straight year. The pageant, titled “The Legend of Spirit Rock,” will be held in the Woodland Bowl at sunset on Aug. 2. The project is led by CMN faculty member Ryan Winn, who continues to honor a promise to Menominee elders by both staging a traditional Menominee pageant before the tribe’s annual contest powwow and creating an archive for pageant artifacts in the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library. Read more

Native American Plays Coming to Town
Two scenes to be performed in three local venues

From the Shawano Leader


College of Menominee Nation and the Oneida Community Education Center have spent nearly a decade producing Native American theater productions in Northeastern Wisconsin.


The two entities will embark on their most ambitious collaboration to date from July 25-28 — a show that tours to four tribal communities, including three in Shawano and Menominee counties. Read more

Wisconsin Native American Playwright Festival Announces Their Summer Theatre Schedule


Playwriting Festival

College of Menominee Nation and the Oneida Community Education Center have spent nearly a decade producing Native American theater productions in Northeastern Wisconsin. From July 25-28 they will embark on their most ambitious collaboration to date - a show that tours to four tribal communities.


Under the direction of CMN faculty member, Ryan Winn, the Wisconsin Native Playwright Festival works with beginner and established playwrights to produce new Native American plays in both stage readings and full productions. Read more

Memoirs and the Wisdom They Keep
By Ryan Winn for "Tribal College Journal"


Ryan Winn column

It’s almost unfair how much memoirs can teach us. They allow us to glean one’s life experiences and emerge from these triumphs and tragedies physically unscathed. From former Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner I’ve learned that having a “plan beats no plan,” while former CIA director Leon Panetta taught me that presenting a supervisor with more than one idea increases success by giving him or her multiple options to choose from. Actor Tina Fey reminded me that groups function better if they follow the first two rules of improvisational theater, meaning that everyone listens to the person who is speaking and then (1) accepts what is being said and (2) adds something constructive to the conversation. 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

College of Menominee Nation
Graduates 80 State Residents


Commencement 2017

Residents of 26 Wisconsin communities, including members of nine American Indian tribes, received academic degrees and technical diplomas in College of Menominee Nation ceremonies held on Saturday, May 27, in Keshena.


The College invited its recently retired founding President, S. Verna Fowler, Ph.D., to present the guest address, and baccalaureate degree graduate, Lloyd J. Frieson, Jr., to speak on behalf of the Class of 2017. Both reside in Keshena. Read more | See the photo gallery

Native American Engineers Visit College of Menominee Nation


Two prominent Native American engineers visited the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) this academic year. Last winter NASA Astronaut John Herrington (Chickasaw) met with college students, faculty, staff, and local middle school students. This spring Ms. Sandra Begay had the opportunity to tour the campus and meet with students, faculty, and staff.


The visits were part of a larger initiative to bring awareness and inspire students to pursue STEM degrees, particularly engineering, as part of a transfer agreement with CMN and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, College of Engineering. The visits were made possible through a grant funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 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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