Leader Photo by Lee Pulaski Author Robin Wall Kimmerer holds some braided sweetgrass Thursday night as she talks at the College of Menominee Nation’s Cultural Learning Center.

Robin Kimmerer made a special visit to CMN to share her perspective of the relationship between humans and the natural world. Through the Community Read Event, the S. Verna Fowler Academic Library/Menominee Public Library hosted Kimmerer to discuss her book, “Braiding Sweetgrass” on March 2, 2017. Those in attendance read her book in anticipation of connecting with the woman behind the words.

Robin, faculty at the State University of New York-College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY ESF) has made several visits to the Menominee reservation, her first being in 2002 for the Sharing Indigenous Wisdom Conference.

Since then, SUNY ESF, SDI and Menominee Tribal Enterprises have collaborated on the Learning From the Land Project funded by a USDA NIFA grant. The project began in 2012 and introduced many new opportunities for the CMN and Menominee communities.

The program includes four integrated elements: collaborative development of new cross-cultural Forest Ecology course, undergraduate research experience as a “bridge to the baccalaureate” from tribal college to ESF, training in forest ecology for Native graduate students and a national workshop to disseminate models for integration of indigenous and scientific knowledge in forest ecology and climate change. The program addresses urgent issues of continuity of Native students in the educational “pipeline” by building capacity at multiple stages along the educational pathway at the Associate, Baccalaureate and Masters Degree level.

Read the Shawano Leader article by Lee Pulaski here.