The College of Menominee Nation’s main campus is situated on 52 acres adjoining Highway 47/55 in Keshena on the reservation of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. Classrooms, laboratories, and resource rooms are available in most of the nine major buildings.
CMN’s second campus, located in metropolitan Green Bay, occupies 16,709 square feet of building space in a large, business-park facility in the Ashwaubenon area, just west of the City of Green Bay. Its identification as the Green Bay/Oneida campus recognizes its proximity to the land of the Oneida Nation.
On both campuses, high tech coexists with materials of traditional American Indian culture. High-definition two-way video and audio equipment gives instructors and students at distant sites the capacity to learn together and instantly share documents and other resources on multiple screens. New construction and retro-fitted older buildings feature new technology ranging from geothermal sources to energy-efficient lighting alongside natural timber and stone. Native art, artifacts, and representations from many indigenous communities are incorporated throughout both campuses.
Green Bay / Oneida Urban Campus
2733 South Ridge Road, Green Bay, with parking and entry from North Allied Street cul du sac
The College’s Green Bay/Oneida campus serves about a third of the College’s student body. Its building provides classrooms, laboratory, office space, lounge, and student support facilities on three floors with elevator accessibility.
A central reception desk, library/resource room, and student lounge/vending area form the core of the building’s main floor and provide an informal gathering place for students between classes. The adjoining faculty and staff offices mean that students have easy access to instructors and advisers. Tutors are available in the resource room for drop-in assistance or by appointment. The resource room also provides desktop computers with printer access for student users.
Keshena Main Campus
N172 State Highway 47/55, Keshena
Campus Commons: The building provides academic and recreational space for students. A tutoring center known as “Where We Share” offers free assistance from peer and professional tutors in all subjects. The facility is open Monday through Friday for students to meet with friends, use computers/laptops to check emails and do homework, recharge gadgets, and take the Accuplacer test.
The main room of the Campus Commons is named Litoff Hall, in honor of the late Arthur Litoff, whose interest in and concern for American Indian people led to philanthropic support for CMN and other tribal colleges.
Access to the College’s woodland walking trail, a volleyball court, horse shoe pits, and basketball hoop are adjacent to the building.
Community Technology Center: CMN’s newest building, the Community Technology Center, provides a public Wi-Fi café and PCs, Macs, laptops, cameras and other technology for student use. The facility includes several classrooms and houses the College’s IT Department and Department of Continuing Education, as well as Menominee Job Center and UW-Extension. A small vending area is also located there.
Glen Miller Hall: First constructed in 1994, Glen Miller Hall (GMH) houses administrative offices, including those of the President and Chief Academic Officer. The ground floor serves as a one-stop Student Services area with offices for admissions, financial aid, and the Registrar. Among other functions in the building are the College’s Finance and Human Resources offices, and Menominee Vocational Rehabilitation.
The hall was dedicated in January 1999 to the late Glen T. Miller. Mr. Miller served as Menominee Tribal Chairman (1991 – 1994). His efforts to improve educational opportunities for the Menominee People included advancing legislation that led to creation of the College of Menominee Nation.
Shirley Daly Hall: Shirley Daly Hall (SDH) houses classrooms and biological science, physics, chemistry, digital media, and computer labs, as well as vending, student locker, and student study areas. The lower level contains offices for many of the College’s faculty members.
The building is named for the late Shirley Daly, a tribal member who devoted much of her life to the Menominee People. Ms. Daley was an Executive Director of Determination of Rights and Unity of Menominee Shareholders (DRUMS). Her work was vital in organizing community members during a critical time in the Menominee Tribe’s history. Working for the restoration of the Menominee Indian Tribe to secure federal status, Ms. Daly served as Chairperson of the Menominee Restoration Committee and was instrumental in the re-establishment of governmental services on the Menominee Reservation.
S. Verna Fowler Academic Library / Menominee Public Library: The CMN academic library opened in Fall 2008. The library has computers, books, periodicals, local newspapers, audiovisual materials with a viewing room, and a special collections room for non-circulating American Indian and Menominee materials. The College’s archives are located in the building and provide a valuable scholarly resource, including originals or copies of many unique documents and other records.
Quiet study areas, computers for students and guests, printers, a photocopier, and a lounge area are all a part of the library. There are two study rooms and a large classroom available for meetings or presentations. The foyer of the building is a casual study and meeting space. Natural light, a gas fireplace, and the student-operated Campus Grind Coffee Shop make the foyer a popular destination on campus.
As a member of a regional consortium, the library provides access for CMN students and staff to the academic libraries of most Northeastern Wisconsin colleges and universities. Staff are available to assist with research and interlibrary loan. CMN students can check out material from participating libraries by identifying themselves with their CMN student ID card and applying for a NEW-ERA library card.
The library building was originally known as the CMN Academic Library. In October 2012, it was renamed by the College’s Board of Trustees in honor of Dr. Verna Fowler’s 20th year as CMN President. Dr. Fowler was hired by the Menominee Indian Tribe in 1992 to create an institution of higher learning on the reservation. She served as President from the College’s opening in January 1993 until her retirement in June 2016. In late 2012, the Menominee Tribe and Menominee County closed the Menominee Public Library facility in Neopit and ceded public library management and services to the College. Today, the academic and public library operations are housed in the Keshena campus building.
Omaeqnomenewak Pematesenewak Center (Cultural Learning Center): The Cultural Learning Center is a centralized training and meeting facility for community and outreach programs. Workshop sessions held there include job training, career exploration, youth development, and native language programs. Conferences, lectures, large group meetings, and many activities related to the College’s mission occur there.
The facility features massive logs from the Menominee forest and displays of art and artifacts from indigenous communities around the world. The Center’s auditorium houses a permanent exhibit titled “Ancient Gardens of the Menominee,” based on regional research by the noted archaeologist, scholar, and CMN associate, Dr. David Overstreet.
Trades Center: The Trades Center provides classroom and shop space for technical education and training. Because CMN is a key contributor to the economic development of the Menominee Reservation and the surrounding communities, this facility plays a critical role in addressing local workforce demands. Its programs are designed to develop the academic and career/technical skills that lead to employment in high demand, high paying positions. These currently include diploma programs in business office technology, CNC machining, electricity, and welding.
The building is also home to the College’s Solar Energy Research Institute’s solar panel display and research instruments. The energy generation and weather monitoring equipment supports applied research projects carried out by CMN’s engineering faculty and students.
Sustainable Development Institute: In 1993, the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) was established at CMN to encourage, promote, and build upon the Menominee approach to sustainable development. SDI works within the College to preserve and communicate the concepts of a more than 12,000 year-old tribal value of sustainability.
SDI pursues its mission by implementing outreach, education, and research in partnership with local, national, and international leaders. The facility is located on the south end of the Keshena campus with offices for staff, student interns, research assistants, and others supporting the program. A greenhouse and community garden and demonstration plots are nearby, as well as access to the College’s “Kaehkeh-mihekaehsaeh” (Learning Path), a recreational and nature education trail.