Feb 20

New CMN SDI Internship Announced

Sustainable Development Research Intern Opening

Apply by March 2, 2018!

 

The Sustainable Development Research Internship is being offered as part of a project funded by the American Indian College Fund (AICF) Scholarly Emergence for Environmental Design & Stewardship (SEEDS) grant program. CMN Faculty Member Dr. Dennis Vickers is Principal Investigator (PI) for the project in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Institute. The overall focus of the project is to design and develop a Bachelor of Arts degree program in Integrative Studies built upon the Menominee Model of Sustainable Development. The project will include work within the College, with Tribal community leaders, and Tribal members.

Internship responsibilities include:

  • Assist with archival research and cataloging of historical documents related to SDI, CMN sustainability courses, and other relevant materials for the described project.

  • Assist with development of a summary paper and presentation on findings.

  • Assist with coordination of design meetings.

See the full intern position description here.

To apply complete the intern application form and email to the email listed or drop off at SDI.

Permanent link to this article: http://sustainabledevelopmentinstitute.org/2018/02/new-cmn-sdi-internship-announced/

Feb 06

Internship and high school SLC Application Deadline Extended!

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL FEBRUARY 16!

The deadline for the SDI internship program as well as the high school Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC) has been extended until February 16, 2018 by 4 p.m.

 

Check out the internship and SLC opportunities below:

Undergraduate Internship

Download and print the CMN internship application form here.

You can also stop by student Services or Sustainable Development Institute to pick up an application and speak with our staff about the internships we have available. Application deadlines are posted in each position below. Click the link to read more about the internship.

Agricultural Research Specialist

Menominee Ag Practices Archaeology Intern

Sustainability Leadership Cohort Education Mentor

SLC

Complete the SLC application form here.

 

Menominee Agricultural Practices and Archaeology

Explore and participate in research of ancient Menominee cultural sites, such as early settlements and raised bed gardens. The Menominee were once great farmers/gardeners with the knowledge and experience that was required to sustain a people throughout even the harshest of times. That knowledge still remains and is waiting to be reclaimed. What will you do to help?

Indigenous Knowledge, Culture, Language and College and Career Prep

Now more than ever the world is looking to indigenous peoples to help solve some of the most pressing issues. Learn how traditional knowledges carried from generation to generation has the power to impact the world in a positive and transformative way. Explore leadership values, language and culture, and higher education to prepare yourself to help ensure the sustainability of our communities.

Permanent link to this article: http://sustainabledevelopmentinstitute.org/2018/02/internship-and-high-school-sustainability-leadership-cohort-application-due-date-now-feb-16-4-p-m/

Jan 30

Back Forty Mine Public Hearing on the Wetland Permit Application

Photo credit: Jeff Vele, Mohican News

On the evening of January 23, the Stevenson gymnasium was filled with people hoping to voice their opposition to the Back Forty Mine Project. The open pit metallic sulfide mine, proposed by the Canadian mining exploration company, Aquila Resources Inc., would be located just 150 feet from the banks of the Menominee River in Lake Township, Michigan. The company hopes to obtain copper, gold, zinc, silver and other minerals from a pit 750 feet deep.

During the public hearing held by the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ), nearly 90 individuals had a chance to address the MDEQ to voice their views regarding the wetland permit application, the last permit needed by Aquila Resources Inc. before moving forward with the project. Of the individuals who spoke, only four were in favor of the proposed mine.

The first speaker of the night was Menominee Tribal Chairman, Gary Besaw, who informed the MDEQ, that “The Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin filed a lawsuit in federal court against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The Tribe asserts that the agencies have failed to take primary responsibility for a wetland permit that is key to the future of the controversial Back Forty Mine proposal.”

 

 

Chairman Besaw was followed at the podium by Tribal leaders and Tribal representatives from Wisconsin who stand in solidarity with the Menominee who oppose the mine. Ada Deer, a well-known Menominee advocate told the MDEQ, “Wetlands are the kidneys of the Great Lakes” as she spoke in opposition. In addition to Tribal representation, many local residents spoke out against the mine as did environmentalists and educators from across the state.

 

 

The public comment period is open until February 2, 2018. Comments will continue to be accepted in writing or online submitted to the address or website below.

MiWaters public comment site – http://bit.ly/2nquJb6

Michigan DEQ, Upper Peninsula District Office WRD, 1507 W. Washington Street Marquette, MI 49855

Permanent link to this article: http://sustainabledevelopmentinstitute.org/2018/01/back-forty-mine-public-hearing-on-the-wetland-permit-application/

Jan 11

Intern with SDI this Semester!

SDI currently has three internship opportunities available for spring 2018. To apply for the internships listed below follow the links for a description of each project. Deadlines to apply vary, see posting for more info.

Agricultural Research Specialist

Menominee Agricultural Practices Archaeology Intern

Sustainability Leadership Cohort Education Mentor

Permanent link to this article: http://sustainabledevelopmentinstitute.org/2018/01/intern-with-sdi-this-semester/

Jan 11

2018 Sustainability Leadership Cohort Now Accepting Applications

The Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC) is designed to support
Menominee Nation as well as other Native youth by helping them build leadership skills, promoting higher education, and ultimately,
encouraging the next generation of community leaders. The SLC’s goal is to ignite interest and broaden understanding of
sustainability through place-based experiences.

This year students in grades 9-12 can choose from two different cohort experiences, Menominee Agricultural Practices and Archaeology or Indigenous Knowledge, Culture, Language and College and Career Prep. To learn more about the two new programs follow this link.

The application deadline is Monday, February 5 at 4 pm. Applications can be picked up at the Sustainable Development Institute on the south end of CMN campus in the old Area 47 building or at Menominee and Shawano high schools. An online application can be filled out here.

Permanent link to this article: http://sustainabledevelopmentinstitute.org/2018/01/2018-sustainability-leadership-cohort-now-accepting-applications/

Jan 11

SDI Leads the 2018 Campus Recycling Competition

Recycle Mania 2018 begins on February 5th. This eight week friendly recycling competition, held between colleges across the United States, challenges students, faculty and staff to improve their recycling habits. This year, we would like to improve our 2017 standing where we placed 39th out of the 190 competing colleges.

Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash. The recycled materials are often turned into new products that can be used by consumers.

Bringing awareness of what happens to garbage that is thrown away is one goal contained throughout this event. According to the EPA approximately 75% of the American waste stream is recyclable, but we only recycle about 30% of it, and we generate 21.5 million tons of food waste each year.

Recycling reduces the amount of waste that is sent to landfills and conserves our natural resources by decreasing the need to collect new raw materials. Greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global climate change are decreased and the environment is sustained for future generations.

In addition, recycling is good for the economy by creating new well-paying jobs in the recycling and manufacturing industries. According to recent data, recycling and reuse activities in the United States accounted for 757,000 jobs and produced $36 billion in wages in a single year.

At the Keshena and Green Bay campus locations there are blue recycle bins throughout the buildings making it easy to identify where to place the recyclable materials. The materials can be co-mingled meaning that all of the recyclable materials can be placed in any of the blue recycle bins. Mixed recycling service allows us to collect paper, cardboard, glass and plastic bottles, and metal cans together. There is no need to separate materials.

Once the materials are collected by our maintenance team, the bags are weighed and recorded on the Recycle Mania web site. This year we will be monitoring the amounts of both waste and recyclable materials generated on campus.

Permanent link to this article: http://sustainabledevelopmentinstitute.org/2018/01/sdi-leads-the-2018-campus-recycling-competition/

5th Annual Youth Speak Event

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Nov 20

College of Menominee Nation Students Are Presenters at National Conference

Interns from the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) of the College of Menominee Nation (CMN) recently made presentations at the 2017 First American Land Grant Consortium (FALCON) conference in Washington, D.C.

CMN students Georgie (Dolly) Potts, Adam Schulz, and Allison Bailey delivered information about the research projects in which they participated throughout the last growing season.

Research by the students is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture – National Institute of Food and Agriculture (USDA-NIFA). Potts and Schulz are conducting agricultural research to determine if different soil amendments impact the growth and yield of Bear Island Flint Corn, a traditional corn. The soil amendments chosen for the project were selected from archeological work done by Dr. David Overstreet. Soil samples taken from the ancient Menominee garden beds show amendments of river muck, bio-char, pottery fragments, fish and other plant species.

The amendments chosen for this project included replication of the traditional amendments of bio-char and fish emulsion, and of a synthetic fertilizer determined by Jamie Patton, Shawano County Agricultural Agent. A control was also used in the study.  In June, sixteen randomized plots were planted at the SDI facility on the CMN campus in Keshena, and the harvest took place in mid-October.

Student researchers found that the corn grew amazing well and the crop produced well-formed cobs of various colors and sizes. The biggest problem posed in the project was raccoons. Even with a six- foot-high fence, the critters managed to find the corn and feast on it. With the help of Menominee Conservation personnel, nine raccoons, one skunk, and a cat were caught in a live trap and released away from the research plot.

The project included bringing traditional knowledge and indigenous ways of knowing to the research project. Potts, of the Prairie Band Potawatomi, is in the Liberal Studies/Humanities program. Her presentation at FALCON described how traditional feasts, harvesting, gathering, and stories play a role in agriculture. These components are all included in the agricultural research project conducted at SDI.

Shulz, a first-line direct descendant of the Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican Community, oversaw the garden research. He is enrolled in the bachelor’s degree program in Business Administration program at CMN and holds an associate degree from the College in Natural Resources. His presentation at FALCON focused on the agricultural research conducted through scientific efforts such as plot design, soil testing, project protocol, and projected results.

Allison Bailey is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation who presented on her phenology internship experience at SDI.  Phenology is the study of cyclic and seasonal natural phenomena, especially relating to climate and plant and animal life. For this project, students follow the growth and life cycle of twelve selected plants that grow in three forest research plots. Bailey described what the pheno stages of the plants are and the importance of plant observation in a changing climate.  She is enrolled in the Early Childhood Education program at CMN. This project is also funded by USDA-NIFA.

To find out more about the College of Menominee Nation, Sustainable Development Institute, and intern opportunities, visit www.sustainabledevelopmentinstitute.org, or contact Rebecca Edler, Sustainability Coordinator, at 715-799-6226, ext. 3043.

Permanent link to this article: http://sustainabledevelopmentinstitute.org/2017/11/college-of-menominee-nation-students-are-presenters-at-national-conference/

Nov 08

Sustainable Development Institute wins major grant to develop and provide leadership and ACT prep opportunities for MIHS youth

The office of U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin has announced a $798,199 grant from the U.S. Department of Education to help provide ACT preparation courses and leadership opportunities to Menominee Indian High School students.

The award will be managed by the Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) of the College of Menominee Nation.

Project partners collaborating with SDI include the College of Menominee Nation’s teacher education program and digital media program, Menominee Indian School District; Menominee Tribal School; Mawaw Ceseniyah, a community-based Menominee culture and language organization; and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ Midwest Region Fire Prevention program.

 

The four-year grant will enhance and expand SDI’s successful youth enrichment program model known as the Sustainability Leadership Cohort.  Funding will bring new multifaceted activities centered on fire, which will help introduce language and culture teachings, science, technology, engineering and math concepts, along with leadership and responsibility. The students will gain a better understanding of how indigenous ecological knowledge and western science can interact and how to apply that understanding to address environmental issues both inside and outside the classroom.

The project team will be providing more ACT preparation opportunities for the Menominee Indian High School students to generate an increase in the number of students who take the ACT and apply to college. In addition to receiving ACT preparation, students will work with teams made up of in-service and pre-service teachers, language and culture practitioners, and CMN staff to develop science lessons for elementary classrooms using indigenous knowledge as the base. This work will take place on the Menominee reservation in Wisconsin, at the College of Menominee Nation’s Keshena campus, the Menominee Tribal School and in the Menominee Indian School District.

Both high school and undergraduate interns (pre-service teachers) will be hired in early 2018. Students will receive a stipend for participation in this program and have the opportunity to present their work at relevant conferences.

Funding for the project, titled “Preparing Native Youth for the Future through the Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC),” is through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE) and Office of Indian Education: Indian Education Discretionary Grants Programs: Demonstration Grants for Indian Children Program.

Information on the Sustainability Leadership Cohort, and other related efforts can be found at the CMN website, www.sustainabledevelopmentinstitute.org, or by contacting Christopher Caldwell, Director of the Sustainable Development Institute, ccaldwell@menominee.edu, 715-799-6226, ext. 3145.

Permanent link to this article: http://sustainabledevelopmentinstitute.org/2017/11/sustainable-development-institute-wins-major-grant-to-develop-and-provide-leadership-and-act-prep-opportunities-for-mihs-youth/

Nov 08

Tribe’s Ancient Agricultural Practices Are Focus of Grant to CMN’s Sustainable Development Institute

A new $219,000 grant will help concentrate attention on ancient agricultural methods of the Menominee People and perceptions about the historic life and practices of the tribe.

The Sustainable Development Institute (SDI) of the College of Menominee Nation will manage the award.  Funding for the “Menominee Agricultural Practices, Historical Perceptions and Late Prehistoric Reality” project is through the Tribal Colleges Research Grant Program of the United States Department of Agriculture, National Institute of Food and Agriculture.

Project collaborators include the noted archaeologist, Dr. David Overstreet, Makec Mihekan LLC; David Grignon, the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin’s Historic Preservation Officer; and Dr. William Gartner, Department of Geography and Michelle Miller, Center of Integrated Agricultural Systems, both at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Over the next two years, research topics will include Menominee raised-bed technology, late prehistoric agricultural villages and the historical characterizations of Native American agriculture. Undergraduate and high school researchers will learn about archaeological methods and techniques as they research Menominee agricultural practices. This work will take place on the Menominee reservation, at the College of Menominee Nation’s Keshena campus, and at UW-Madison.

The research team will explore how perceptions of Native American agriculture conflict with contemporary research done on the Menominee reservation that shows the Menominee possessed extensive agricultural knowledge.

Both professional research and student activities that have taken place at the College, through SDI and on the reservation provide foundations for the new project.  Significant archaeological findings of Dr. Overstreet and colleagues have brought attention to “ancient garden” evidence in the region. Student engagement has included work by SDI’s high school youth program – the Sustainability Leadership Cohort (SLC).  Most recently, SLC’s short video, “Digging into Food Sovereignty: A Student Led Exploration” featured research done within the community and the Menominee Logging Museum’s demonstration garden display of techniques used throughout Menominee history.

Grant funding will enhance the SLC program through multifaceted activities designed to help the Native youth who participate to build college and career skills, expand their interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields of study, and a better understanding of the rich agricultural history of the Menominee.

Both high school and undergraduate interns will be hired in early 2018. Students will receive a stipend for participation in this program and have the opportunity to present their work at relevant conferences.

Information on Dr. Overstreet’s “ancient gardens” research, the student Sustainability Leadership Cohort, and other related efforts can be found at the CMN website, www.menominee.edu, or by contacting Christopher Caldwell, Director of the Sustainable Development Institute, ccaldwell@menominee.edu, 715-799-6226, ext. 3145.

Permanent link to this article: http://sustainabledevelopmentinstitute.org/2017/11/tribes-ancient-agricultural-practices-are-focus-of-grant-to-cmns-sustainable-development-institute/

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