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CMN Educators Share How Tribal College Enriches Learning with Indigenous Knowledge

 

KESHENA - As a tribal college where a majority of the students are American Indian, the College of Menominee Nation offers coursework and classroom experiences with a unique perspective on indigenous knowledge.

 

A free, public program held Tuesday, Nov. 27, provided insights on how faculty members go about incorporating indigenous knowledge into the CMN learning experience. The process includes drawing on the real-life experiences of students who discuss their culture and spiritual practices, relate stories learned from their grandparents and other elders, and describe time spent in the forest and interacting with the land as part of their identity. While providing coursework that is comparable to that of other institutions of higher learning and widely accepted for transfer, those who teach at CMN also address in their classes the values, perspectives and wisdom of their students and other Native people.

 

The presentation was held in the mezzanine classroom of the Verna Fowler Library on the CMN campus, N172, State Highway 47/55, Keshena. It began a series of faculty lectures that will continue in 2013 in observance of the College's 20th anniversary. CMN opened in January 1993 with just over 40 students attending classes in Keshena. Today, the College serves more than 700 students each semester at campuses in Keshena and Green Bay. CMN is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and recognized as one of Wisconsin's three Land Grant institutions.

 

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