The Sustainable Development Institute’s mission is two-fold: to reflect upon, rediscover, and strengthen the interconnected dimensions which define Menominee sustainable development and to disseminate and advance the tenets of sustainability of what is learned, known, and valued of the Menominee approach to sustainability to those who wish to share this knowledge and wisdom. Central to the mission is illustrating and living the vision of Menominee leaders of respectful, responsible, and kinship stewardship of our mother earth for future generations’ survival and gift of life.
The vision of the Sustainable Development Institute is to share and implement the Menominee values of sustainability through education, applied research, community engagement, and sharing of indigenous wisdom. The Sustainable Development Institute is to be an innovator in sustainable ways while respecting the past, present, and future well being of netaenawehmakanak.
Our Goal is to illustrate, live, and promote the vision of Menominee leaders of respectful, responsible, and kinship stewardship of our mother earth for future generations’ survival and gifts of life, through education, research, outreach, and practice.
The Sustainable Development Institute recognizes its important role in the global community, emphasizing our indigenous connections, roots, wisdom, and traditions tied closely to the principals of sustainability. We are creating globally aware people whose competencies are grounded in a respect, responsibility, reciprocity, and kinship to all living things. Our Sustainable Development Institute understands our responsibility to share our sustainability knowledge, understandings, wisdom, and practices.